Treasure Trove (Of India)

 

India, as I have shared earlier is a land of many surprises and mysteries.

Among the various treasures that it is home to, the arts and crafts of India hold many awe-inducing gems. These arts are many centuries old and have been passed on from generation to generation. Infact, that’s the only way some of these techniques have been kept alive.

On my recent visit to National Crafts Museum, located in Delhi I discovered some of these arts. There are various such art and art forms which have not been mentioned as part of this post, and that’s because they are either very well-known and information for those is commonly available; or because they were not displayed prominently at the Museum.

  • Sanjhi

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The intricate and delicate designs on paper are from making cuts using a scissors. The deft fingers of the artist I met maneuvered the paper expertly, making small, deliberate cuts. It takes him anywhere from a few hours to a few days, sometimes more than a month to make one complete painting. The one pictured below (centre) took 40 days, he told me.

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  • Phad Painting

One unique characteristic of this style of painting is that the colours are mixed and lifted from open sea shells. This is to protect the tip of the soft brush and also the colours from hardening.

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Seashells used to mix and pick up colours in the brush.
  • Madhubani Painting

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It takes anywhere between 15 – 45 days to complete one such painting. It is made using a fine pen, and has intricate detailing which is flawless when observed closely.

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This lady sits 8 hours at a stretch, to complete a significant portion of the painting in one sitting. Her husband assists her in marketing and selling these beautiful art-works and humbly and cheerfully displays the various paintings. Often, he displays a minimum of 10-15 paintings to the same customer, sometimes with no assurance of closing the sale.

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The wife laboriously works at filling in the detailing in her painting
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Husband showing the various completed paintings to customers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wall Murals

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These paintings are special and unique not just because of the sheer size and the difficulty in working on such a canvas, but also because of the intricate detailing and the intense work it involves. Often, these paintings are made by one or two people, over a number of days, to ensure consistency in design and color coordination.

Some of these paintings, especially Madhubani/Mithila style of painting have a rich history associated with them.

There are many other styles of paintings and art forms, some even more delicate and intricate than others. Apart from this, India is very rich in culture and dance forms. But, that’s probably best left for another time. 🙂

Do visit the National Crafts Museum, on your next trip to Delhi.


All photographs displayed in this post have been clicked by the Author and usage and reproduction of same without prior permission is prohibited.

Author: Wandering Soul

A nomad at heart, love reading, travelling and photography and now trying to combine them all.

19 thoughts on “Treasure Trove (Of India)”

  1. Hi there. I went to the India exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum last week and was blown away by the fabrics and also the videos of how some of the jewellery especially using gold leaf and tiny jewels were made painstakingly by hand. I love India and have been several times and it always thrills me to see to the creativity of their craftsmakers.

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    1. Yes, even we Indians get blown away at times 😀 there’s so much to India that is mind-boggling! for my own article on Reasons to Travel to India, I already knew so much and yet had to do research about the arts and cultures of different regions. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting

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    1. True! And that’s why i didn’t even venture into the other art forms – dances, handicrafts etc 🙂 that is another world of its own.

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    1. Hi, Thanks. 🙂 there’s so much about Delhi and India, that remains unexplored 🙂 thanks for visiting:) there are other Delhi and India related posts. I hope you’ll like those too.:)

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like it. Once I saw it for myself, just had to talk to the artists to know their backgrounds and story. Their dedication, skills etc., the intricate detailing on those paintings are just amazing. Planning to do a longer post featuring the artists, later sometime.

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  2. Reblogged this on SOMETIMES and commented:
    This post has been re-blogged from the wonderful site Treasure Trove of India, one of my favorite sites. The intricate and fascinating art work is beautiful, and I envy the patience and ability of the artist. Thanks WanderingSoul for this!

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