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 ūüôā 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 ‚Äėera‚Äô, 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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Prayer Flags

A Prayer Flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bon, Shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in…

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Kaavad

Stories could be memories or mediation between the reality and aspirations that reflect what a society wishes to express about itself. Story is perhaps the oldest form of communication known to humankind. It has a way of mesmerizing¬†the listeners into silence and the tellers into expressing¬†the deepest desires and anxieties of their society, directly¬†or through…

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Bohra Caps

The month of Ramadan is going on. The Muslims all over the world are on fast. Few days back, I took an auto ride in my city. The driver was Muslim “Mr. Ebrahim Khan“. He was wearing a beautiful Bohra cap, that inspired me to write this post. The Bohra cap derives its name from…

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Sitar and its Making

I feel extremely happy in sharing with you what I have read today about ‘The Making of Sitar’ You all must have heard to Sitar,but, do you know how it is made? The Sitar¬†is a¬†plucked stringed instrument¬†used mainly in Hindustani music¬†and¬†Indian classical music. The instrument descended from a similar but simpler Persian instrument called the…

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