ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

“MANDANA”- A DYING INDIAN ART

Mandana art is one of the oldest surviving tribal art of India. Mandana is a name given to the paintings done on wall and floor by the women of Meenas community of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Mandana are drawn to draw health and to protect the house and family from evil and welcoming gods into the house. The art is auspicious and treated as a mark of celebrations on festive occasions. Mandana is derived from the word "Mandan", meaning decoration and beautification. Historically, they have been practiced as a way of decorating ones home at the time of festivals, religious ceremonies, marriage functions and other auspicious ceremonies. The simplicity of a Mandana lies in its two colors – often red and white. The use of natural and eco-friendly materials in the art speaks about the harmonious balance between our traditions and mother nature.

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-

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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.

ARCHITECTURE, ECO-DESIGNS

10 FEATURES OF SUSTAINABLE “MASHRABIYAS”

The marvelous Mashrabiyas of Arab are not just an aesthetic element but they have many others roles to play in architecture. Here are the 10 features offered by these beautiful sustainable Mashrabiyas -