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....

FOLK HERITAGE

MUD-MIRROR ART FROM GUJARAT-

My longing for handicraft prompt me to explore and write something about the untamed folk heritage of Gujarat- Lippan Kaam, thriving through the vast stretches of the world’s greatest salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch found in western India and Pakistan. This art is a kind of Kutchhi Mural work popularly done by the women of the Rabari community. Mud-Mirror work is also known as Chittar kaam. Presently this work is done by various communities of Kutch in their own distinctive styles which makes it even harder to trace the origin of Lippan Kaam.