ECO-DESIGNS

THE BLUE DYE – INDIGO

For all those INDIGO lovers out there! Have a glance at this amazing Indigo ride right from a seedling turning into an amazing dye for maybe... your denims or Japanese shibori or handcrafted Indian ethnic wears. The list is endless. NATURAL. BIO-FRIENDLY. SUSTAINABILITY. ANCIENT DYE. HISTORICAL PAST. GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE. POPULARITY. MODERN APPLICATIONS makes Indigo a dye worth celebrating. Its called The King of natural dyes and is an integral part of Modern Wardrobes. Lets find out more about this exotic BLUE GOLD....

ARCHITECTURE

HERITAGE DOORS OF RAJASTHAN- HAVELI

The term haveli is derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space”, known during Mughal Empire. A Haveli, in the Indian sub-continent is thus a traditional residence or townhouse with historical importance. These traditional dwellings share a cultural past and are architecturally sound. The Haveli doors are specifically handcrafted and are characteristic of art and heritage. Read the full post and get a sneak peek through Heritage Haveli doors.

ARCHITECTURE

HERITAGE DOORS OF RAJASTHAN – FORTS

Traditional Carpentry Work we found in Forts and Havelis of Rajasthan are worth remembering and the very first expression of royal carpentry is seen in the HERITAGE DOORS of Rajasthan. Its a centuries old craft performed by the local craftsmen especially the Suthar community of Rajasthan. This community comes from Barmer district of Rajasthan, who along with other migrant artisans handle the mass production of antique wooden doors in workshops in Jodhpur and other regions of Rajasthan. As these doors are unique and showcase immense hand-skills they are highly prized in international market. These exquisite doors are actually the doorways to our legacy which must be kept alive in any of the possible ways.....

ARCHITECTURE

MARVELLOUS MASHRABIYAS

Tarima, shanashil, shanshūl (شنشول) or rūshān (روشان), known with many names....MASHRABIYA is typically a type of beautiful Bay window masking the upper floors of a traditional Arabic building or an Arabic house. It is an integral part of Arab lifestyle since ages and an element of sustainable architecture ornamented with beautiful lattice work and occasionally with stained glass. This Islamic architectural feature shares a vast history dating back to 12th century and Middle ages. Historical records shows their presence in most part of the Middle Eastern cities, Baghdad, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Malta and other Saudi region. It was designed to ensure the psychological, physical, social, environmental and religious requirements of the time and place in which they appear. Given the elegance, artistry, practicality and multifaceted approach of Mashrabiya, they inspire various modern structures and architectural elements. So let's treat ourselves with a quick walk through the streets of Arab... and admire this heritage of Arabic architecture.

FOLK HERITAGE

PARCHIN KARI / PIETRA DURA

Parchin Kari is a beautiful ancient inlay technique in which colored stones are "cut and fit" in marble base to create motifs, intricate geometric designs, large scale calligraphy, swirling floral arabesques or images. The stones used in such decorative art work may be precious or semi-precious, colored and highly polished. Pietra dura items are generally crafted on green, white or black marble base stones. White marble from Makrana, Rajasthan (India) or Creama Marble from Italy is the most preferred form of marble surface for inlay work due to their premium qualities. The history of Pietra dura dates back to 16th century Rome, where it was developed as an architectural element. It was used on floors and walls, with both geometric and figurative designs for enhancing beauty and ornamentation. It came India during 17th century Mughal empire and gained much appreciation in Mughal courts. Parchin kala is profoundly incorporated in the entire complex of Tajmahal enhancing the decorative element of this marvelous wonder. Read the full post and be the part of this heritage story....