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African Art: The Oldest Form of Tribal Art in History

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History:

African art is considered to be the oldest form of tribal art in history. The origin of African art is believed to date back even before the recorded history. It is believed that the earliest found art is around 77000years old that hails from Africa. African art describes the visual culture from the African continent, modern and historical paintings, installations, sculptures, pottery and other traditional works. The definition of this tribal art also includes the art of the African Diasporas, such as African American, the Caribbean, and other American art. African art is not only about one territory or any one culture it is an art that includes a variety of themes depending on life events of the tribal people. Despite this diversity, there are some unique artistic themes that define the culture of the African continent. The African rock art in Sahara in Nigeria preserves 6000years old carvings. 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

Raja Ravi Varma: Legendary Artist Known for his Indian & European Style Paintings

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Raja Ravi Varma is a legendary artist of India known for his amazing Indian paintings made with European art techniques. Raja Ravi Varma is considered to be amongst the greatest painters in history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons.  Varma, is one of the few painters who have managed to accomplish a beautiful unison of the Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. He is also known for making affordable lithographs of his paintings. Varma made his lithographs available to public which enhanced his reach and influence as an artist and public figure.  In particular, his depictions of Hindu deities and episodes from the epics and Puranas have received profound acceptance from the public and are found, often as objects of worship, across the length and breadth of India. The most popular as well as impressive paintings of Ravi Varma includes the one depicting episodes from the story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala and that of Nala and Damayanti from the Mahabharata. Continue Reading

Raghurajpur: The Indian Crafts Village & Hub of Artisans

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Raghurajpur
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Incredible India!!! It’s a right tag given to the country. India is a hub of various artisans and craftsmen having their unique skills and is masters in their traditional art form. In the heart of the country lies this village of crafts “Raghurajpur”.  

Situated amidst groves of coconut, palm, mango and jack fruit, Raghurajpur is a village in Puri district, Orissa is known for its Pattachitra craft, beside many other practised. The main village has two streets with over 120 houses, most decorated with mural paintings, where the painters reside and practice their Pattachitra craft, and many others. Continue Reading

Ganjifa: Time to Revive the Lost Heritage Art of Game

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“Ganjifa Art” is the name given to the heritage Indian game of playing cards. It’s the beautiful artwork done on playing cards mostly circular in shape. Historically this game is believed to have been brought to India and popularised during the Moghul period. Quite aptly the name Ganjifa comes from the Persian word “Ganjifeh” which means playing cards.

The speciality of these cards is that they are traditionally hand-painted. The cards are typically circular although some rectangular decks have been produced. This was a game that was popular and played across Medieval India. Each region in the country had its own form of the game. There was the Sawantwadi Ganjifa from Maharashtra, Navadurga Ganjifa from Orissa, Rajasthan and Gujarat Ganjifa, Kashmir Ganjifa, Nepal Ganjifa and the Mysooru Ganjifa which was greatly patronized by the Mysore Royal family during their reign. Continue Reading

7 Mesmerizing Indian Handicrafts You Never Knew About

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Indian handicrafts are predominant part of Indian cultural roots. India is a country full of rich culture and heritage, this reflects in its art and crafts. Many Indian handicrafts like blue pottery, wooden crafts, dhokra art, block prints, kantha work, bidri work, marble art etc are commonly known worldwide.  There still exist handicrafts that are lesser known but hold back to the eons old arts of India. Following are 7 mesmerising Indian handicrafts that you never knew about.

1.Wooden Toys

Channapatna in Karnataka is known as town of wooden toys.  Craftsmen with their amazing skills make toys from wood. You might be thinking there are big industries manufacturing toys. But Channapatna has small scale industry where craftsmen make attractive and traditional toys. Some industries are so small that the work is done right outside the homes of these skilled artisans. But, the majority of them are shops where four to six people can work together.  This craft of making wooden toys is an ancient family tradition that has survived many generations. It was a decade back that the entire industry suffered a huge loss because of high demand and competition from the Chinese toy market.  It was the time that these toy designers had to shut the shop and go elsewhere in search of work for earning bread. But, when the world found that these plastic toys were toxic and not safe for children, the demand for these wooden toys raised again as they are made from wood and natural colours which is totally safe for the kids. Presently, these Channapatna wooden toys are highly demanded worldwide and have a major market place in countries like Europe and United States.

Did You Know:The Channapatna toys of Karnataka can be found in ‘White House’. YES!! Michelle Obama, during her recent trip to India was overwhelmed and very impressed with these wooden toys and bought some of them to take back to the White House as mementos. 

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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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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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RELEVANCE OF OLD SCHOOL ARTS AND CRAFTS

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Arts and Crafts are a profound part of any culture. Arts & crafts describe a range of architectural style that sprang to life in about 1880, remaining popular until the 1920s and still informs design today. It also underlines the essentiality of ethical values that these various types of arts encapsulate within it. With the changing times, there is a rapid shift in taste and preferences of people which are making arts and crafts adapt according to the modern lifestyle!

Modern day home decor tastefully designed with various artistic objects

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BLUE POTTERY AND CERAMICS

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Pottery is the first synthetic craft material ever created by humans. The term refers to objects made of clay that have been fashioned into a desire shape, dried and either fired or baked to fix their form. Due to its abundance and durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past. Over the times, the material used in making of pottery has augmented and it is giving rise to many amazing forms of pottery art.

 This is how an ancient pottery used to look like

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