karamari
FOLK HERITAGE

KARAWARI CAVE FIGURES FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The vast stretches of Karawari region is surrounded by dense tropical lowland rainforest are home to the traditional Arafundi semi-nomadic settlements. Karawari serves a series of caves and rock shelters inspired by the traditional beliefs of Arafundi people. They are kind of cave-people who have been using caves as their shelters, ceremonial grounds, spirit houses, as burial ground, hiding grounds and much more. Anthropologists believes the caves of the Karawari and Upper Arafundi could constitute “the greatest example of rock art in the whole of Melanesia”.

lipan
FOLK HERITAGE

MUD-MIRROR ART AND LIPPAN

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.