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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. …