FOLK HERITAGE

KNOW ABOUT CLASSICAL “THANJAVUR” PAINTINGS

Thanjavur or Tanjore paintings is a classical painting form of South India which derives its name from the place of its origin, the town of Thanjavur. It is an ancient art form that originated during the reign of the Chola dynastyin the 16th century and then later patronized by the Maratha princes, Nayakas of the Vijayanagar empire, Rajus of Tanjore and Tiruchirapalli and the Naidus of Madurai. This ancient indigenous painting creates a 3D effect on every single artwork. Tanjore Painting has EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas that are ELEVATED from the surface to produce a 3-D effect on the painting. Tanjore paintings are adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones and 22-karat pure gold.

ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

TIÉBÉLÉ VILLAGE- A PIECE OF ART FROM AFRICA

Tiébélé village, in Burkina Faso, (a landlocked country) of West Africa is well known for its amazing traditional Gurunsi architecture and elaborately painted cob homes. It is inhabited by the ethnic groups of the Kassena and the Gurunsi people. The designs and patterns on the walls of Kaseena community houses are inspired by the earliest Paleolithic cave paintings based on sacred geometry, mystical symbols, and religious beliefs of the Kassena people. Find out more about it. It's one of its kind-

FOLK HERITAGE

THE “SANGANERI” PRINTS FROM RAJASTHAN

The famous "SANGANERI" hand-block printing is originated in the small town of "Sanganer",Jaipur. The art is known for its sober patterns, bright colors, and fine motifs mostly depicting the flora and fauna of Sanganer. Originally the Sanganer prints were always created with bright color patterns printed on white backgrounds. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in its report on the Jaipur hand block printed textile cluster, has mentioned, "Shades of black come out best after washing the cloth in the waters of Sanganer. The motifs are mostly floral-based. Fine lines and intricate detailing are specialties of the Sanganeri style."

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ECO-DESIGNS

SAVE THE PLANET BY BEING STYLISH! SHOP THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

Piled up with harmful pigments and dyes, synthetic colors, synthetic fabrics, chemical washing and the abundant waste produced, the fashion industry is on the list of pollutants. But, Thankfully. There is a way out. There are brands following the Eco-Friendly approach of apparel making by mindful production practices. More use of natural materials, natural dyes, natural fibers, recycling waste, promoting handcrafted apparel makes their clothing labels bests suit for all the sustainability lovers out there. Here are 10 such sustainable brands for you to shop with -

ECO-DESIGNS

GETTING NATURAL COLORS FROM MICROORGANISMS

Microbial dye is certainly a recent approach. A large number of different species of bacteria, yeast, mold and algae are used to produce pigments for economical dyes.