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 jewellery…

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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 a…

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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 India…

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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 style…

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Thangka

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,…

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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 grown…

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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 temples…

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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 occupied…

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Mandana

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,…

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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 of…

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