Ganjifa Cards

Ganjifa tradition of Sawantwadi is almost three hundred years old. However, the technique of executing round playing cards did not originate from Sawantwadi. Scholars believe that the game of large size circular playing cards was first invented by the Malla Kings of Bishnupur (Bengal) in the 8th Century AD. Jaipur, Orissa and Cuddappa in the…

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Ode to the Morning

I have begun this post with these beautiful flowers to show the other side of the scorching summer coming in our city ! Ode to the Morning is one of my favorite from the work I have done till date. It took me a lot of time in completing this necklace, but the time spent…

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Desire, Soul & Wind

Last but not the least, presenting Desire, Soul & Wind from | The Color of the Moment | DESIRE Desire is a hand-knot necklace with a brass chain around. SOUL WIND For Orders & Feedback, write to me on antimakhanna@gmail.com

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Meraki

Meraki (v.) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work. This Weekend I am presenting to you my collection | The Color of the Moment | Meraki; An anklet is a combination of red thread with enameled brass beads. Each bead is going through the thread twice, to form…

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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 largest…

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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 dependent…

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‘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.…

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When Our Eyes Met

I dressed myself up to go see my lover, but hen I saw him, I forgot myself. You robbed me of everything when our eyes met. You made me drink love’s elixir and I got drunk when our eyes met. I was left staring – you made me an ascetic when our eyes met. Fair…

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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 form…

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