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-

FOLK HERITAGE

“SAURA”- TRIBAL PAINTINGS FROM ODISHA

The captivating art of the "Saura", is a folk heritage gifted to us by the Saura tribe of the state of Odisha in India. The paintings are in the form of wall murals which are ancient and are mentioned in the epic texts of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Saura tribe holds its customs and rituals through the fine depiction of their religious ceremonies, their history, philosophy and religious practices in their intricate paintings.The art is called Italons or Ikons (or Ekons) because they are dedicated to Idital (also Edital) the main deity of the Sauras.

FOLK HERITAGE

DISTINCTIVE MOTIFS USED IN PAHARI PAINTINGS

It's interesting to see that despite of having same Basohli origin, each school showcase characteristic motif in its paintings. More or less the fabrication of these astounding piece of art remains the same. But one thing makes every school of pahari miniature different from each other- THE MOTIFS. The schools flourished in Basohli, Guler, Kangra, Chamba, Tehri Garhwal, Nurpur, Mankot, Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur provide specific motifs or themes to display. Come, explore the peculiar feature of each pahari style of painting.

FOLK HERITAGE

“KAVAD-KATHA” – UNIQUE PORTABLE SHRINES

Well, call it a Portable Shrine or a Storytelling box, KAVAD is amazing in either way and represents the age old craft originally practiced by a group of Jangid Brahmins near Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. It's a way of expressing Hindu devotions in stories with the help of images of the Bhakti saints as well as of Ram and Krishna in a very interesting way... Let's find out more about "KAVAD" and "KAVADIYA-BHAT"...

FOLK HERITAGE

“BASOHLI” SCHOOL OF PAHARI PAINTINGS

PAHARI PAINTING is an Indian style of miniature painting which simply means paintings from the mountainous regions. The word "pahari" means from the mountains in Hindi. Interestingly Basohli is the earliest known miniature paintings in the Himalayan hills. This school of painting is the principal centre of the style, existed around 1690s as Basohli Schools, possibly of pre-Mughal origin, finally evolved into the new Kangra style of miniature painting. These paintings were rather simple and largely based upon the landscapes, natural beauty of surrounding hills, Hindu deities and simple poetic themes of Rasmanjari and Geeta Govinda. Have a look at these alluring paintings...