ARCHITECTURE

TRAPEZOIDAL WINDOWS – FROM TIBET

TIBET- The place full of peace and spiritualism. It's the land remind us of colorful prayer flags fluttering over mountains producing a colorful and spiritual aura that swirls with the winds celebrating sacred Buddhism. In terms of architecture, Tibet has its own unique style which evolved over a time span of 4500 years under Chinese, Indian and Buddhist influences. They are designed beautifully in accordance with the temperature and climate, promoting local culture and folk heritage and consequently seeking great tourist attention. In this post we will limit our discussion to the characteristic architectural element of Tibet- " WINDOWS ". Read on about this amusing piece of art.....

ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

“PATTACHITRA”

PATTACHITRA- a heritage art from Odisha. It is a classic example of amalgamation of mythology- folklore- Hindu deities- vibrant colors- floral border on a cloth, depicting Hindu religions believes on a single canvas. This art is flourished and evolved under the supreme dedication of Hindu sect for Lord shri Jagannath. These paintings were originally said to be used as substitutes for worship on days when the temple doors were shut for the 'ritual bath' of the deity. They are totally handmade and adopt eco-friendly colors for painting. Lets find out more about this interesting style of heritage paintings.....

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.