Pattachitra – The Heritage Art

Amongst the several art forms in Bengal and Odisha, Pattachitra stands out as one of the oldest ritualistic art forms. Painted on cloth, these paintings are consciously sophisticated, aristocratic and draw upon the tradition of scriptures and folklore.  

Patwa, India’s Thread Craft

Santosh Patwa is a third generation Patwa artisan living in Mumbai. He is a part of the Patwa community and has been practicing this craft this childhood. The Patwas, who originated in Rajasthan, later spread across North India, mainly Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Why Are Handicraft Artisans More Important Than Ever Before?

22nd April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth day, an opportunity to refocus on our commitment to preserve natural resources and embrace sustainable development; the only way to secure a future for our coming generations.

The Dance of the Leather Puppets

Dalavai Kallayppa and his family are one the last few representatives of one of the earliest performing folk arts of Andhra Pradesh, shadow puppetry. Popularly known as ‘Tholubhummalata’ in Telugu, it literally means "the dance of the leather puppets”.  A craftsman par excellence, he learnt this art form from his father, Chinna Narayana, a state level awardee.

The Indian Traditional Handicrafts Sector - A Perspective

India has a rich heritage of traditional art and craft. The roots of the handicrafts industry can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The 4500 year old “Dancing Girl” bronze sculpture made in the lost wax process is one of the most captivating archaeological finds from the ancient city of Mohenjodaro.