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.

patua
FOLK HERITAGE

STORY OF FIRST PATUA PAINTER

There is an interesting folklore recited in the regions of West Bengal about the origin of Patua and Patua painters. This post is sourced from Reflections of India.

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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-

YURT
ARCHITECTURE, FOLK HERITAGE

“YURT”- A NOMADIC DWELLING OF CENTRAL ASIA

"Yurt" in Turkish and "Ger" in Mongolian is a traditional round portable dwelling. It is made up of crisscrossed lattice of flexible poles, covered with felt from outside. The dwelling is home to several distinct nomadic groups of Central Asia, particularly Mongolia, for thousands of years. The traditional Yurt design now incorporates modern luxurious, well evolved into a place for relaxation and spending cozy weekends. Read the full post and explore this nomadic royalty.

mandana
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.