Applique in India

The term appliqué is derived from French and Latin words appliquer and applicare, respectively, which both mean to join or attach. Like embroidery, it has a humble beginning. The technique was used as a way to strengthen worn areas of items or to patch holes that had formed. Early appliqué was used to length theContinue reading “Applique in India”

Silver Filigree

Filigree is a form of intricate metalwork used in jewellery and other small forms of metalwork. The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from Latin “filum” meaning thread and “granum” grain, in the sense of small bead. The Latin words gave filigrana in Italian which itself became filigrane in 17th-century French. It should not be confused with Ajoure jewelleryContinue reading “Silver Filigree”

Ikat or Bandha of Odisha

Ikat is a dyeing technique originated from Indonesia used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. Odisha Ikat is a kind of ikat, a resist dyeing technique, originating from Indian state of Odisha, adapted from ikat in Indonesia. Also known as “Bandha of Odisha”, it is a geographically tagged product of Odisha since 2007. It is made through aContinue reading “Ikat or Bandha of Odisha”

Banjara embroidery

India is rich in its cultural diversity and the appearance of its many ethnic groups. Even though each group is known for its traditional costume , Banjara, a semi-nomadic group stands out among them. Banjara, also known as Lambadi or Lambada are a historically nomadic trading tribe who reside in South, West & Central IndiaContinue reading “Banjara embroidery”

Warli painting

Warli is one of the oldest forms of Indian folk art and has its origins in the Warli region of Maharashtra. Despite being close to one of the largest cities in India, the Warli reject much of contemporary culture. The style of Warli painting was not recognised until the 1970s, even though the tribal styleContinue reading “Warli painting”


A thangka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front.  Thangka depict the sku rten, the bodily forms of enlightened beings,Continue reading “Thangka”

Palm leaf craft

Palm leaf craft is a very common craft in different parts of India. Palm leaf products are eco-friendly. In Haryana, the craft of making palm leaf baskets was introduced by the women of Multani speaking Audh community. This craft became their means of supplementing their meagre earnings. Traditionally, the raw materials were the locally grownContinue reading “Palm leaf craft”

Buddhist Figurines

Sikkim is a state in northeastern India. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south.It is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states. According to the 2011 census, 57.8% follow Hinduism, making it the state’s majority religion. Buddhism is followed by 27.4% of the population, while Christianity is followed by 9.9%. There are many Hindu templesContinue reading “Buddhist Figurines”

Crocheting dreams

A small needle of hope and thread of courage canchange your Destiny. Year 2020 has been very uncertain and difficult for each one of us. I wish we all come out of it stronger and healthier. It has been very very long that I couldn’t post anything over here. Some personal projects kept me occupiedContinue reading “Crocheting dreams”


Painting is a medium of visual expression. It does not always need too many colours to stand out. Mandana paintings are one of such form. It is a form of tribal art in India that has survived over the ages. It is done in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by one of the oldest tribal communities,Continue reading “Mandana”

Kullu Shawls

Himachal Pradesh is known for its weaving, which is not only a functional need but also has its roots grounded in the ancient tradition of the region. Its designs and are influenced techniques by Central Asia and Tibet, and its rich heritage makes it popular among tourists. Wool weaving in Himachal is the result ofContinue reading “Kullu Shawls”

Stone Carving in Tamil Nadu

Stone Carving has been an ancient craft in Kanyakumari district due to the patronage of religious architecture and sculpture by the ruling dynasties of South India. The skills of carving idols in granite are unique in Tamil Nadu   as the carving tradition is still true to translating the scared scriptures. In Kanyakumari, the 133 ft tallContinue reading “Stone Carving in Tamil Nadu”

Walnut Wood Carving

I travel to different places in search of its local craft. I was fortunate to witness the exquisite handmade carpets in making, and then one of the oldest manufacturers of Walnut Wood furniture and other products. Walnut wood carving is an ornamental craft process that is virtually unique to Kashmir due to the concentration ofContinue reading “Walnut Wood Carving”

Carpet makers from Srinagar

Finally, after a long break, here I am with my next post on the beautiful craft of our country. I have already written about the Carpets/Kaleen makers of KASHMIR before also But, last month on my trip to Gulmarg and Srinagar, I finally got the golden chance to witness carpet making in front ofContinue reading “Carpet makers from Srinagar”

Town of toys

Year 2016 is passing by on fast forward mode. I’m occupied in multiple projects at this time and I apologize for the gap of 3 months in writing a new post. I had been travelling, exploring new crafts and nature. In August, I got the chance to travel down to Coorg (Karnataka). It was theContinue reading “Town of toys”