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Krishna Kenwalla: The Artisanal Story of Bamboo-Cane Crafts

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Bamboo and cane crafts are one of the most known crafts worldwide. The world’s tallest grass bamboo has found its way to our home through the creative hands of skilled artisans. India’s 8.2 lakh bamboo-cane and fibre workers are the country’s third largest group of artisans constituting 81.5 % in household sector and 85.5% in the rural areas.

 One such artisan from Mumbai is “Krishna Kenwalla” who makes one of the best bamboo-cane home decors in the town. Krishna belongs to the family of renowned bamboo & cane craft makers and is following the steps of his ancestors. His family is following the traditional craft since 70years while Krishna himself is in the field since 15years. His struggle is real and he is trying his best to save the craft from the threat of machine made & cheap China decors. Continue Reading

GOND ART: The Indian Tribal Art of Painting

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Painted songs, folklore and stories on the walls; this is what Gond art is popularly known as!!!

About Gond Art:

Gond is an Indian tribal art of painting practised by “Pradhan’s & Gond”; the largest Adivasi community of Central India. The population of Gond tribe is more than 4million and these tribal people reside in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa. They are Dravidian and their origins can be traced back to pre Aryan era; that is more than 1400years ago. The word “Gond” comes from a Dravidian expression “Kond” meaning green mountains. Among Gond’s, prominently the Pardhan Gonds are renowned for their artistic skills, be it painting or music. Continue Reading

Taj Mahal To Terracotta: The Beauty Of Indian Art

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Ever wondered what makes the Taj Mahal, Ajanta-Ellora Caves, popular temples of South India and Akshardham and terracotta pots, cane furniture, blue pottery products, kalamkari & phulkari textiles and jute jewellery so exquisite and special? It is the beauty of Indian art!!!

The intricate designs and carvings done in Taj Mahal is one of the finest examples of rich legacy of Indian art. India’s excellent craftsmanship is that one exclusive factor which has carved a distinct identity to win plaudits and respect worldwide. Be it monuments, antiques or decor products the traditional Indian art and craftsmanship have always helped to preserve the heritage art of India Continue Reading

The Exquisite Art of Making Jaipur Blue Pottery

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Jaipur, The “Pink City” of Rajasthan is known for its rich culture and Blue pottery art. When we talk about Jaipur, the first thing that strikes our mind is the long stretch of market selling traditional handicrafts. This city is known for manufacturing different variety of handicrafts like camel leather products, mojari, blue pottery products, handcrafted silver ornaments and a lot more. As you step into old city of Jaipur, you can see beautiful azure all around. Blue pottery, ever so elegant and always fragile, is a craft Pink City is celebrated for.  Continue Reading

My trip to Rajasthan led to CraftedIndia, says company head Vinay Jain

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“Every great thing comes from an inspiration and deep commitment.”

His trip to Rajasthan inspired him to come up with a business idea that can represent Indian art on the global platform. We usually hear of businessmen turning investor. But in the case of CraftedIndia, an e-commerce startup in the handicrafts sector, it’s the other way round. Co-founded by Vinay Jain, who was working with a family business before setting out to startup. CraftedIndia is one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in the handicraft space. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Vinay talks about the business idea, the advantages of having been an investor while starting up, co-founding a company and the road ahead for CraftedIndia. It was a great experience interviewing Mr. Vinay, knowing about his journey throughout and the ups and downs he faced while his startup business which is now a well known handicraft goods site CraftedIndia.com.

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The Untold Story of Rajasthani Art- Phad Painting

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Phad Painting an Art Of Painting

India is a diverse country and has a wide variety of art forms, reflecting our culture and tradition. Paintings like phad paintings, tanjore paintings, warli paintings and Handicrafts like dhokra art, blue pottery art, and wooden carvings etc,  are one of the spectacular arts where you can see the talent of authentic Indian rural craftsmen and artists.

Our trip to Rajasthan was a memorable one!!!

We were visiting different shops meeting vendors and craftsmen having look at a variety of products and placing orders for them. As we do it in most our trips. But that day was a special one; we came across these beautiful Paintings hung on the walls. The colours painted were so vibrant and attractive. It was a long stretch painted like it was a story painted on the walls. After seeing such a stunning piece of art we decided to step in that very moment. By entering the store we saw an artist sitting at a side busy painting his canvas. We greeted him and went near to see what he was painting.

He was giving fine details to the painting and when asked what he was drawing he said it is a Phad painting. That’s how we met this talented artist named Sunil Somani. Mr. Somani is a trained Phad painting artist and is in this profession for 15 years.
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Know Your Handicrafts : Phad Art & Phad Painting

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Phad painting or Phad Art is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practised in Rajasthan state of India.This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colours.

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The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries. Presently, Shree Lal Joshi, Nand Kishor Joshi, Prakash Joshi and Shanti Lal Joshi are the most noted artists of the phad painting, who are known for their innovations and creativity.

Noted examples of this art are Devnarayan Ki Phad and Pabuji Ki Phad.

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