Fantastic, awe inspiring Gond art

Gond art draws its name from the largest tribe of central India viz the Gond tribe. They, as per the latest records, have a population of more than 4 million people. They date back in existence to 14th Century AD and were localized in the erstwhile undivided central India which would roughly encompass the present states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India. Post the Mughal invasions they were found scattered among the states of Maharashtra (Nagpur region), Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Tribals are known to be the earliest civilizations and one of the largest tribal civilizations of India are the

The Enchanting Frescoes of Bundi, Rajasthan

The artwork on the product that you currently see has been inspired by the timeless frescoes of the Bundi Palace. Bundi is a small town in the lap of the Aravali mountain ranges, close to the city of Kota in Rajasthan. It has’nt received as much attention as other places touristy places in the state such as Jaipur and Udaipur and hence, retains its rural folk character. The town is dotted with small havelis, fortresses and palaces and houses some of the most awe inspiring frescoes on the walls of the Chitrashala in the Bundi palace. Noticeably these paintings have

Dokra Art – unique by process!

Ethnic to the eastern belt of India, particularly Tribal Odisha, Dokra artwork is a traditional non-ferrous metal casting modus operandi, whose origin could be traced back to the 4000-year old Indus Valley Civilization. The legendary dancing girl sculpture found in Mohenjo-Daro was prepared using the lost-wax casting technique. However implausible it may sound, artisans in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are still using this 4000-year-old Dokra art technique to yield a variety of pieces of jewellery and art in bell metal and brass which are tremendously prevalent both amongst tribal folks as well as indigenous and transnational tourists. Named after

Enchanting warli wall painting – Western India’s art form that cherishes nature

Dating back to the 10th century A.D, Warli traces its roots to the region of North Sahyadri Range, in Western India. This range encompasses cities such as, Talasari, Dahanu ,Jawhar, , Mokhada, Vikramgad and Palghar of Palghar district. This tribal art which originated in Maharashtra, is still practised today. Warli happens to be the largest tribe found in the northern outskirts of Mumbai. Though it in extremely close proximity to the modern city of Mumbai, the tribal completely shun even a spec of modern urbanization. Explore handmade interior decor products inspired by Warli art form. This is a very rustic

Everything about Cheriyal Art form – One of the most celebrated art forms of India

India’s rich history has been charming humans around the arena whilst you recollect that age. Ancient painting of India is celebrated worldwide. One such painting style is Cheriyal Scroll painting.  Cheriyal is a small village in Telangana. Hence you possibly can make out that this painting style finds its roots here. Cheriyal paintings have been arguably introduced to India with the resource of the usage of the Mughals withinside the 16th century. We can find out a whole lot of the impact of Kalamkari and Deccani scroll paintings in Cheriyal paintings.  The resemblance of even the twelfth-century Kakatiya paintings can

Everything about Pattachitra painting – The art forms India loves.

The art form, Pattachitra which arises from the land of Orissa is closely knit and related to the popularly celebrated and worshipped, Lord Jagannath of Puri, an avatar of Lord Krishna. On the birthday of Lord Jagannath, the idols of the Jagannath Temple are taken for a ceremonial bath to beat the summer heat. Lakhs of devotees visit Puri to witness this magnanimously extravagant event, the ‘procession of bathing’, when the idol of Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and brother Balarama are taken in a procession for the ritualistic bath. Checkout our Pattachitra art decor. Tradition has it that owing to the

Everything about Kalamkari paintings – the exquisite art form of India.

Kalamkari translates to “pen craft”, where ‘kalam’ means pen and ‘kari’ translated to artwork. This wonderful piece of art is a unique and antique style of craftsmanship done by hand on cotton or silk fabric with the help of a tamarind brush. What sets it apart is the fact that it employs only naturally obtained dyes. The process of creating masterpieces is however extremely lengthy. It entails 23 steps such as bleaching, dyeing, starching, block printing, hand printing and many more. Kalamkari paintings or artwork is mainly concentrated in Andhra Pradesh, predominantly in Machilipatnam and Kalahasti . Srikalahasti happened to be the

15 fascinating art forms of India by Hasthkala Curators

India’s ironic cultural heritage and epochs of evolutionary tradition is established by the enormous variety of handicrafts made all across the country. Handicrafts mirror the cultural distinctiveness of the ethnic people who are involved in crafting it. Each piece of art work is designed meticulously and made with affection, to deliver the final interior decor product. Through each handicraft, a deep deep-rooted story is narrated and years of tradition and cultural heritage is reflected. Traditional handicrafts of India are not just based on the culture and region, but it also portrays the change of dynamics within the country. Listed below

Rice straw art – from the rice bowl!

It had been a while since we ventured out to get a glimpse of local art and crafts and today being a Sunday, we took off to a nearby village called Mungadih. The villages of Chhattisgarh (also known as the rice bowl of India) are simple, clean, green and blessed with medicinal plants/herbs. Interestingly they have names which are symbolic of either water bodies, local deities or a medicinal herb found locally. Mungadih, too has its name after drumsticks! Colloquially, munga refers to drumstick and dih refers to a small hill. So, this village is famous for drumstick farming atop

Tryst with Tholu – the enticing art form from India.

We are a Chhattisgarh (Central India) based start-up making hand painted and hand crafted décor products. We currently work with 7 different folk art forms of India and interestingly, the first art form we started working with was one from Andhra Pradesh (Southern India) – Tholu Bommalata which literally means a dance of leather puppets. Checkout collection of Tholu art interior decor products on Hasthkala Curators. Starting off from scratch we didn’t know where we were headed apart from a vague dream (dreamt by many) of contemporizing Indian folk art such that it finds back its lost lustre. So, travel