ECO-DESIGNS

VISIT TO A HANDLOOM SITE- NANDANA PRINT

Nandana printing is a 300 year old mud resist block-printing technique which is still being practiced in Tarapur, Madhya Pradesh in its original form. Traditionally, ‘Nandana’ print fabric was confined to the women of ‘Bhil’ tribes, but now the art is quite popular and incorporated into other garments, bedspreads, table cloth, other furnishings and upholstery.

MINERAL
ECO-DESIGNS

MINERAL BASED PIGMENTS AND DYES- II

Mineral based pigments are classic example of sustainable alternatives for synthetic chemical dyes. In this post we figure out the minerals that gives us earthy tones and neutral colors like Black, Whites, Brown and Khaki.

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ECO-DESIGNS

NEUTRAL COLORS DERIVED FROM PLANTS

There are so many plants that yields natural colors which we can use to dye a fabric. Here we limit our discussion to the natural alternatives for Earthy shades and neutral color tones.

ART MOTIF
ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

THE PROCESS OF MUD-MIRROR WORK

The art originates from the Rabari community of Gujarat but has now gained vast popularity and practiced elaborately by Modern artisans and art lovers. With the passage of time, intricate work of Lipan is recreated by craftsmen to make them handy for Indian contemporary home décor.

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ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

PATUA PAINTINGS FROM WEST BENGAL

The "Patua" is a beautiful folk painting style developed within the artistic community of patuas of West Bengal. It is a scroll painting originates around 1000-year ago as a unique story-telling idea with the aid of pictures. The Patua is a special community composed of Hindus as well as Muslims both coming together as- "Chitrakaars", that means painters. They often perform patua in local fairs, weddings, festive gatherings so as to engage more people and increase their audience base. Paintings encourage the use of natural colors and eco-friendly materials. Read all about Patua paintings here-