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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

2509, 2017

The Nine Colors of Navaratri

September 25th, 2017|

DID YOU KNOW? There are nine colors to represent the nine days of Navaratri. Navaratri or the festival of "nine nights" is a traditional celebration in India to worship the goddesses of Power - Durga and the various forms she represents through the nine days. The common belief is that Goddess Durga exemplifies different qualities on each day, represented by the nine different colors. Let's learn about this: Day 1:  Yellow - Goddess Durga is worshipped as Shailaputri - or the Goddess of the Mountains. She is dressed in yellow color. Day 2: Green - Goddess Durga is worshipped as Brahmacharini

2009, 2017

The Doll-Makers of Vandipalayam

September 20th, 2017|

Navaratri is the time of the year where celebration is galore, houses are decked up and people are ready to meet and greet forgetting their troubles. This is also the busiest time for the doll-makers who make beautiful dolls out of clay, paper mache and wood. Our team had the opportunity to visit a village Vandipalayam in Kadalur district. This is the place of more than 20 families who carry on doll-making tradition as a legacy from their ancestors. And, these are the suppliers for dolls available in the prime areas of Chennai like Mylapore, West Mambalam, Kuralagam, Poompuhar, Khadi Gramam

1909, 2017

Intriguing and Inviting Ancient Paper Art

September 19th, 2017|

Paper cutting and folding is a craft that all of us have tried, especially as kids. The art of paper craft unfolded in ancient India. Folklore around Mathura says that Radha expressed her love and devotion to Lord Krishna by drawing on earth with colours, and decorating with stones and flowers. The Sanjhi Art is an extension of this expression and is practiced in Mathura, the birth-place of Lord Krishna. Sanjhi , is derived from the word “Sandhya” or dusk  because Radha and the Gopis awaited Krishna’s return from grazing the cows at dusk. The art depicts Lord Krishna’s stories but

709, 2017

Natural Dye Exhibition – A Handmade Legacy of Weaves

September 7th, 2017|

A natural dye exhibition of Handloom Textiles and Handicrafts was organized by the Crafts Council of India in July 2017. Natural dyes are dyes extracted from the blessings of nature – trees, flowers, fruits seeds, roots etc. These dyes are then used in varied forms in the different textile products to give a fine look to the end product. At this exhibition, many handloom textile experts displayed their handmade work; craft traditions like Kerela Mural Work, Kalamkari, Kutch Weaves, Lambani embroideries, Pochampally tie, Bagru prints etc were shown. Art forms founded 4000-5000 years ago were displayed in their full glory. Visitors

2807, 2017

Gond Painting – Natives’ Creative Expression

July 28th, 2017|

Gond painting is a tribal art form practiced by one of the largest tribes in India called Gond. The Gonds were the ruling class in many parts of Central India in the 14th century. Though these paintings are considered to be from predominantly from Madhya Pradesh, it is popular in other Indian states too. The Pardhan Gonds are accomplished singers and story tellers. The Gond people have a belief that viewing a good image ushers good luck. That’s probably the reason these simple folk started making their own images or paintings. Gond people use earthy and bright colours to decorate the

2407, 2017

Decoupaged Coffee Table Makeover

July 24th, 2017|

A do-it-yourself (DIY) art brings with it a satisfaction, a feeling of ecstasy and a sense of achievement. This weekend we tried to experiment with one of the popular art technique Decoupage (pronounced dey-koo-pahzh). Decoupage is the art of using paper cut-outs (magazines, newspapers, photo prints, calendar prints etc) to bring a new form to any object. We experimented this with our old coffee table to renovate it a bit and recycle it with some of the old pattern papers that we had at home. The result was a effect that we loved and guess what, our coffee table blends so

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