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Leather Applique Work on Bamboo Mesh - The Grace of Tripura

(Leather Applique on Bamboo Mesh from Tripura by Store Utsav)
Tripura, one of the seven northeastern sister states of India, is known as the hub for cane and bamboo crafts. Its unique topography and the bounties of nature make cane, bamboo, and wood plentiful in the area. Because of the abundance, the skilled artisans turn these bamboo and cane into distinctive art forms, such as furniture, fashion accessories, decorations, utensils, etc. Made completely from hands, these elaborate crafts are stunning. One of the most popular picks from these is the bamboo or cane mesh with leather appliqué. Bamboo mesh is handmade separately. It is sold by the meter in Tripura. Its price depends upon the fineness of splits, the width of the mat, and the color of the thread. Some of the finest quality bamboo meshes go into the creation of the leather appliqué wall or door hangings. The beauty of leather appliqué on cane mesh reconfirms the faith in the immortality of art. Hindu deities an…

Terracotta Handicrafts - A Story of Indian Legacy

(Store Utsav Terracotta Bell from Rajasthan)
The term 'terracotta' has a Latin origin with 'terra-cotta' literally meaning 'baked earth.' Terracotta art is practiced in many parts of the world. In India, this craft form exists on an elevated level mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and West Bengal. Of these, Rajasthan followed by West Bengal are the two most popular hubs for terracotta craft creation and trade. Carved with passion and precision, the traditional Rajasthan terracotta works are the sensual depictions by the nature worshipers. Rajasthan's terrain is rough and challenging. The nature has been very stingy with its bounty to the people here. Still, lively in spirit, the Rajasthani artists express their love and desire for Mother Nature through their exquisite terracotta art. Practicing the terracotta craft through generation, often the whole family is involved in the occupation.
The terracotta potters use two types of clay, col…

Kantha - A West Bengal Embroidery Art Form

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The East Indian state of West Bengal is known for its rich culture and a varied plethora of folk art. Kantha, a running embroidery style is one of the most popular Indian folk art forms. The rural women of West Bengal hugely practice it to make Kantha saris among several other items of daily use and decor. This domestic art form has now achieved a special place in the field of art and craft.
The Origin of Kantha Kantha proudly boasts of centuries old origin. Kantha earned mention in a book called Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita by Krishnadas Kaviraj. The book ages back to over five hundred years. Over time, this art form has evolved to strengthen its place in the lives of Bengalis and spread its appeal globally.
The Hub of Kantha This innate craft is widely practiced in Bolpur and Shantiniketan situated 180 kilometers north of the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata. Kantha has slowly become a robust medium of earning for the natives of this region.
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Chandua - The Traditional Applique Work of Pipili in Odisha

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If you ever go to Bhubaneswar (capital of the Indian state of Odisha), do make it a point to drop at Pipili, also known as Pipli. Located 36kms from Puri and 20 kms from Bhubaneswar, this small picturesque village is situated on the main road connecting Puri to Bhubaneswar. The region is known for its stunning applique work called Chandua. Almost every family of the town is engaged in the Pipli craft and earns its living through it. The applique work technique of cutting the fabrics and stitching onto the bigger ones is standard. The Pipili distinction involves embroidering and mirror work to form the designs on Chandua. Its historical origin and the elaborate way of projecting the religion, tradition, & the customs of Odisha impart Chandua a touch of rich Indian legacy.
The creative glory of Pipili goes back to 1054 in the 12th century. The then king of Puri, Maharaja Birakshore appointed local tailors called Darji to supply s…

Light Up Your Moment With Indian Earthen Lamps Called Diyas

Attached to divinity, purity, knowledge, and positivity, brightness is the soul of Hinduism. Keeping up with the philosophy, the religion has a gleaming tradition of lighting up small earthen lamps called Diyas. While many people light up a lamp regularly for their deity, all Hindu rites called Pooja employ these. Quite a lot of people use earthen lamps for occasional decoration and nearly all Hindus decorate their houses with these on the festival of light called Diwali or Deepawali. With the increasing cultural exchanges, the illuminating warmth has now gained global eminence and most people through the year use these clay diyas for decoration. Accordingly, just like candles, the diyas have transubstantiated in their makes, material, colors, and design.
The Traditional Diyas They are still widely used, especially in all the Hindu rites, and are made on the potter's wheel. With the complete focus of Hinduism on respect for the environment and its conservation, the diy…

Pattachitra and Tala Pattachitra - The Traditional Oriya Painting

Store Utsav Pattachitra Painting on Tussar Silk - Kanchi Abhiyan
The Indian art and culture has a rich heritage. Every Indian identifies with this creative legacy. Belonging to the state of Odisha, Pattachitra is one such string from the Indian ancient painting tradition. The style is immensely elegant to say the least. The word Pattachitra is derived from two Sanskrit words, 'Patta' meaning canvas or cloth and 'Chitra' meaning painting. The artists are highly skilled in this art form and are known as 'chitrakars.'
One of the oldest & the most magnificent art forms of Odisha, Pattachitra mainly depicts the characters and tales from the Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha, Lord Jagannath, Lord Krishna-Radha, Lord Shiva & Goddess Paravati, Lord Nataraja, Kanchi Abhiyan, and Tribal Life are the chief inspirations for these paintings. Therefore, this art form is also called Icon Painting. Rich colorful application combined with imaginative ornamentation a…

Indian Batik - A Glorious Offshoot of the Javanese Art

Store Utsav Batik Painting - Goddess Lakshmi A Brief History of Batik Batik is an ancient technique of wax resist dying of cloth. There are no certain whereabouts of its origin. The last traceable historical record demonstrates that Batik was practiced in different countries throughout the globe. Java (an Indonesian island) is a key hub for the art form and is believed to be its place of origin. We can etymologically attach Batik to the Asian culture of tying and dyeing a fabric. Today, many countries, like Africa (Egypt), Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand, India, etc. are the big suppliers of Batik products.

Essence of Indian Batik Batik was probably introduced in India in the fourth or fifth century. Traditionally, the Indian Batik displayed the Hindu belief of three Gods as creator, nurturer, and destroyer. Accordingly, three fundamental colors of life were used to represent the entirety of the universe. Indigo represented Lord Brahma, dark brown sign…

The Leather Puppet Painting of Andhra Pradesh - Tholu Bommalata

Store Utsav Leather Puppet Painting - Lord Ganesha
Full of serenity and positivism, the traditional Indian art and craft is more about culture and religion. One such art form is Tholu Bommalata, where Tholu means leather and Bommalata means dance. It is commonly known as the leather puppet painting of Andhra Pradesh.
About Leather Puppets The concept of leather puppets is close to the Indian folk form of shadow puppetry. Made of translucent goatskin and painted attractively, the leather puppets add visual appeal to your home, office, auditorium, studio, theater, or hotel decor.
Technique The leather puppets are usually crafted from the goat hide. The artists clean and dry the skin for around a fortnight to make it translucent and receptive to colors. Next, they cut out the puppets of desired shapes and sizes. They then slash apart the joints at the elbow, hip, and shoulder. Now, they tie back the two joint pieces with the help of strings. This facilitates free joint movement. …

Art and Craft From Ladakh and Leh in India

Leh is the second largest Indian district area wise. It is situated in Ladakh, one of the three regions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the early days, Leh used to be a stopover on the trade route between India and China. Most of the city is about mountains and lakes. Its climate is like that of a cold desert with the extreme winter season between October and March. The main tourist attraction in Leh is Trekking and the historical palaces, the Japanese and the Tibetans built.
Art and Craft of Leh
Most of the Ladakhi artifacts were imported from other places. The whole region adopted them as a part of its culture. Here are some most popular handicrafts of Ladakh and Leh.
Metal Crafts
In the early seventeenth century, some metal artisans were brought in from Nepal to construct a large Buddhist Temple in Leh. Since then, most of them stayed back. Their descendants continue to live and make metal artifacts here. They use silver, copper, and brass to carve out exquisite p…

Madhubani or Mithila Painting from Bihar in East India by Store Utsav

Store Utsav's Madhubani Painting - Wedding Varmala Scene
The 100% eco-friendly art form Madhubani or Mithila Painting of Bihar (Eastern Indian state) belongs to the Madhubani District in the Mithila region. Different objects (twigs, brushes, fingers, & matchsticks) from the daily life are used to color the patterns. The hues used are 100% organic dyes, inks, & pigments. Done originally on the freshly coated mud walls or floors, this art form has made its way to our living spaces on handmade paper, cloth, paper mache articles. The themes mostly covered are special life events, such as wedding, the birth of a child, festive celebration, forest scene, etc, and geometrical patterns. Store Utsav's Madhubani Paintings have been prepared with the traditional methods by authentic artists from Madhubani.
The History of Madhubani Madhubani Painting is believed to have originated in the age of Ramayana. Sita, the daughter of Mithila King Janak, was to be wedded to Lor…

Warli Paintings: The Incredible and Expressive Tribal Art

India has a fertile background of painting. Right from tribal to rural to urban manifestations, it has achieved magnificence in all forms. One such style is the Warli Painting, which has a distinguished tangent. Belonging to the Warli tribes of Maharashtra-Gujarat border region, this painting style is amazingly simple and well touches the artistic aesthetics. With tribes adopting some degree of civilized lifestyle, Warli is often termed as folk painting as well. Its themes also alter accordingly.
History of Warli Paintings There are no authentic records endorsing the origin of this great folk art, but experts date it back to at least 10th century. Interestingly enough, this art form stayed hidden until the 1970's, when a few enthusiastic and passionate art lovers discovered it. Living predominantly in the Thane district of Maharashtra, the tribe, through its paintings, highlights intensely close association with the lifestyle and the people in their community.
Themes an…

The Ethnic Indian Bags – Accessorizing Nice & Fine

Colorful ethnic bags & pouches for women have always attracted an art lover's fancy. Women do not mind flaunting them on Indian or western wear. The Indian weaver's market offers an extensive collection of bags in different colors, shapes, sizes, and designs. Sling bags, shoulder bags, handbags, wallets, coin bags, & clutches - the variety is amazingly wide. Usually environment friendly material, especially heavy weave cloth and silk are used. These vividly colored bags can be in mono or multi-colored theme. Yellow, pink, blue, orange, green, purple – the hues go boundless. Sequins, beads, zari-zardozi, embroidery, and patchwork are commonest embellishments used to decorate the bags. Classically designed and spacious, you can use these bags for their function or pure accessorizing. Whether you are a teenager, a youngster, a bride/newlywed, a middle-aged, or an elderly woman, you can pick stuff gracing your age & personality. The most satiating part is these delight…

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