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 tall…

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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 of…

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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 http://wp.me/s3K6oK-kaleen But, last month on my trip to Gulmarg and Srinagar, I finally got the golden chance to witness carpet making in front of…

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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 the…

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Shazar

Shazar in Persian means tree,and the stone,dendrite agate, gets its name from beautiful formations in the stone. Shazar was discovered in Banda about 400 years ago by an Arab. Banda city is located on the bank of Ken River. He was mesmerized by its colorful patterns that looked like leaves and trees and so he…

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Dhokra

Dhokra, A craft of ancient origin ; is the name given to the folk form of lost wax metal casting practiced in the tribal pockets of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Chhattisgarh has a finely developed art of making lost wax cast ritualistic and utility objects. This art is famous as Dhokra.…

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Blue Pottery

The long festive break is over. Winter is all set to settle. I took a month long break from the virtual world. And now I am back with some interesting articles and work 🙂 My next set of Jewellery is ready. The very first look is coming out very soon with an interesting subject. Blue…

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Phulkari & Bagh

Traditionally Punjab is consisted of three culturally and physically distinct zones – the hardworking but impoverished Malwa region, the comparatively rich and urban Majha region & the Doaba region inhabited largely by the occupational class The crafts of the region are more utilitarian than ornamental. Embroidery has for centuries been part of the education of every well brought up Punjabi girl.…

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Eri Silk

The name Eri is derived from the Assamese word ‘era’, which means castor as the silkworm feeds on castor plants. Also known as Endi or Errandi, Eri is a multivoltine silk spun from open-ended cocoons, unlike other varieties of silk. Eri silk is the product of the domesticated silkworm that feeds mainly on castor leaves. Ericulture is…

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Chamba Rumal

I have spent my childhood in Himachal Pradesh and I can very much relate to the beauty of this state. Chamba is a town situated on a mountain ledge overlooking the River Ravi. It was established in the 10th century when Raja Sahil Varman relocated his capital from the neighbouring Bharmour region, now the homeland of the…

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