Wood Carving in Ahmedabad

Morning Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad begins from Swaminarayan temple and cover the internal lanes and Pols of the old city. I bring to you some pictures of the beautiful carving from the old city of Ahmedabad. The Ancestral occupation of the Hindu Suthar community, the craft of wood carving is practiced in the districts ofContinue reading “Wood Carving in Ahmedabad”

Gond Art & some Gifts

The Gonds, are the largest Adivasi Community in India and are Dravidian’s whose origin can be traced to the pre-Aryan era. They are mainly found in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding States. The word Gond comes from Kond, which means green mountains in the dravidian idiom. The Gond tribal community is one of central India’s largestContinue reading “Gond Art & some Gifts”

Madhubani Strokes

Every state of India has something distinguishing to attract a traditional art lover like me. Madhubani/Mithila painting  has been done traditionally by the women of villages around the present town of Madhubani , Darbhanga and other areas of Mithila (Bihar). (the literal meaning of Madhubani is forests of honey)  Madhubani is one of my favorite as its not dependentContinue reading “Madhubani Strokes”

‘Kaleen’

Nights of my weekend goes in reading about the traditional handicrafts of India. Tonight, I read about the craft of knotted carpets “Kaleen” from Kashmir. Kashmir’s location on the Silk Route of Central Asia ensured a steady stream of artistic and cultural interaction with various trading communities – Persian, Chinese and Mediterranean who passed through it.Continue reading “‘Kaleen’”

Bone Carving

image : oldindianphotos.in Lucknow, the golden city of the east’ retains an old world charm that fascinates one and all. Regarded as one of the finest cities of India, Lucknow emanates a culture that combines emotional warmth, a high degree of sophistication, courtesy and a love for gracious living. This sublime cultural richness famous asContinue reading “Bone Carving”

Longpi Pottery

Manipur is a state embedded in deepest tradition of art and craft going back to a hoary antiquity. Pottery in Manipur is closely related with social, cultural and religious life. The art of pottery making in Manipur is practiced by women without using wheel in a similar fashion as in the other northeastern states. LongpiContinue reading “Longpi Pottery”

‘Patang’

Uttarayan (The International Kite Festival) is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Gujarat. The name Uttarayan comes from joining two different Sanskrit words “Uttar” (North) and “ayan” (movement towards).  Uttarayan, or Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun starts to travel towards north as a sign of coming summer. On January 14 every year,Continue reading “‘Patang’”

Bidri

Bidri gets its name from Bidar, Karnataka where it originated when the fort was under construction. It is a metal handicraft that originated in the 14th century, during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans. Bidri in Republic day parade Bidri Craft has a common ancestry with an older art of inlaying practiced in Arabian countries and Persia – of inlayingContinue reading “Bidri”

The Indian Craftsman

Dr. Coomaraswamy’s study of the Indian craftsman raises questions of the widest and deepest interest, questions that will not only give consciousness to modern Eastern thought, but help us with some of the most advanced of our Western problems. It was a week ago when I was reading about the books written on Indian Craft.Continue reading “The Indian Craftsman”

Handicrafts & Postage Stamps

Indian postal systems for efficient military and governmental communications had developed long before the arrival of Europeans. When the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish and British displaced the Mughals, their postal systems existed alongside those of many somewhat independent states. The British East India Company gradually displaced other powers and brought into existence a British administrative system over most of India, with a needContinue reading “Handicrafts & Postage Stamps”

Sanjhi Art

‘Sanjhi’ is a word derived from words like ‘Sajja’, ‘Shringar’ and ‘Sajavat’ which all means ‘decoration’. Sanjhi art is rooted in the folk culture of Uttar Pradesh (Mathura). It was taken to its glory by the Vaishnava temples in the 15th and 16th century. Sanjhi came to be regarded as a highly refined art formContinue reading “Sanjhi Art”

Handloom in India

Recently, I came across an article in one of the online magazine. The article reads out the present state of Handmade Industry In India. Mayank Mansingh Kaul ( Textile Designer from NID Ahmedabad and consultant to the Planning Commission on the taskforce on Cultural and Creative Industries) passionately debunks a lot of myths about the state of the “Handmade Industry”Continue reading “Handloom in India”

Handmade??

What is it that tells you that the kurta you just picked up from a store is genuinely handmade?? Here are a few things one should keep in mind when shopping for handicrafts and handlooms. The government has some certificates and trademark labels that distinguish the genuine from the fake. The Handloom mark comes inContinue reading “Handmade??”