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2607, 2019

Pattachitra Art from the roots of Odisha

July 26th, 2019|

Pattachitra Art or the palm leaf art is a popular artform with engravings done on a palm leaf. This ancient art form is known for its intricate work, detailing mythological stories, folktales as well as religious narratives from the olden days. The palm leaves are thin rectangular stripes that are dried for days, before they are ready to be engraved and painted. The rectangular strips are then stitched together to form a bigger canvas depicting a full picture. The complexity of this pattern is the artistic capability of the artist to draw the picture in a coherent non-overlapping form. The images

1707, 2019

DesiKala – A Touch of Indian Art and Tradition

July 17th, 2019|

Craft fairs and exhibitions are always a treat for the eyes. The splendid display of the legacy crafts of India create an aura of showmanship, worthy to be seen any number of times. One such recurring craft exhibition is the DesiKala exhibition, which presented a wide range of handmade home decor and accents, stylish one-of-a-kind jewelry, cane and bamboo products, wooden toys, handwoven textiles and clothing,  complete with accessories like bags, sandals, travel knick-knacks and more. Artists traveled from states all over India to showcase their artform and the work behind it - prominently from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, West

1704, 2018

The Joy of Handmade Art

April 17th, 2018|

Ever since I started working, hard work to create an end product took on a whole new meaning. Now of course, this was entirely in a technology context; but the process was exhilarating. Coming up with an idea, planning the execution steps, frustration over multiple trials and the final successful implementation were a roller coaster ride I rode every single day. My curiosity about this innately human need to create led me to start applying this cycle to other professions and view the big picture of human creativity. And nowhere else was this more evident than in the process of creating

2803, 2018

Nostalgia meets folk arts

March 28th, 2018|

A little earthen bird welcomes me as I enter Richa Kulkarni’s home. A metal bell gives it merry company as it clangs softly in the wind at the doorstep. And at once, I know I’m in for a treat here. Richa’s beautiful home is nestled in the small and saccharine town of Morrisville. She believes in simplicity and elegance in her home decor style. And that is evident as she gracefully combines memories of home with a folk art touch in her decor elements. Decora India is happy to tour this impressive home which boasts of treasures collected over the years.

2002, 2018

We adore the women artists of Madhubani!

February 20th, 2018|

A 2500 old historical artwork takes it roots from the times of Ramayana Epic, where King Janaka, the king of Mithila asked artists to draw the marriage of King Rama with his daughter Sita. This art is prominent around the Mithila region of Bihar and Nepal. The specialty of this painting is the use of fingers, brushes, twigs, nib pens, brushes to bring a finesse on the strokes. Rice paste is used as a base and natural pigments and dyes are used for the painting. Themes that are commonly used include the natural elements of water, sky, greenery, birds, reptiles and

301, 2018

Christmas Folklore Celebrations Across the World

January 3rd, 2018|

A visit to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History at Atlanta was a splendid surprise. The life-like dinosaur models, the science activities, the nature quest activities and a walk through time were eye-openers in to some of the natural and geographic wonders of the world. What further caught my attention were a circular bunch of Christmas trees arranged neatly along the each floor of the museum hallways. I wondered how they had made so many Christmas tree decorations with ornaments. A closer look showed me that each tree represented a particular country or island and showcased the indigenous specialties, the handmade

112, 2017

Welcome December – The Month of Joy, Celebration and Happiness

December 1st, 2017|

The season of decoration and celebration has begun, and it is beautiful to see the wreaths, bows, Christmas trees, ornaments, the tree topper, the colorful lights glowing all around and creating a magical scene. The smiles on the faces, the welcome signs of decorations on the shops and the mood of celebration is a further treat. Christmas is the time of the year when people get time to get-together as a family, decorate their houses, plan gifts for their near and dear ones, and think about food and inviting guests. Houses are magically transformed in to a fairy land of lights

2809, 2017

Dolls Reign Supremacy at Mylapore, Chennai

September 28th, 2017|

My moments with magical "Mylapore" never ends. From my school days, I used to watch in awe, the display of Navaratri golu dolls of all shapes and sizes in the famous "Mylapore" Tank Area. Home to the famous Kapaleeswar temple, the four streets around the temple acclaim to have an hub of activity during the Navaratri season where doll-makers, fruit sellers, flower sellers, gift sellers dominate from the streets to the shops. The unstoppable fame and the yearly bonanza never seems to surprise me. This year too, I ventured on this journey twice, once during the evening just to

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