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Bringing trees to life

Bringing trees to life
Bina Rao, trustee of Creative Bee Foundation in collaboration with Delhi Crafts Council has curated Tree of life? a special collection based on the original Tree of Life pieces which were produced in the late 18 and 19 Century. This Exhibition is a humble tribute all those artisans who continue to keep this art alive.

The ‘Kalamkari’ of Srikalahasti has its origins in Andhra Pradesh, in South India. It is a hand-painted textile using natural colours and illustrating stories from hindu mythology. The name ‘kalamkari’ comes from the word ‘kalam’ which means pen.

The instrument used to paint these textiles resembles a pen, and thus the name.  Using the ‘ kalam’ dipped in colour or mordant, free-hand illustrations are made on hand woven cloth, which has been pre- treated with cow’s milk.

Interestingly, cow’s milk has certain natural chemicals which can bleach the cloth and prevent the colours from spreading and blotting.
Delhi Crafts Council is a part of a movement towards revitalization and promotion of traditional Indian crafts. A registered voluntary nonprofit organization, it was founded in 1967 by the late Kamladevi Chattopadhyaya. It is affiliated to the Crafts Council of India in Chennai and is part of a larger network of regional councils.

Broadly, the council concerns itself with securing a better life for traditional crafts persons by preserving and promoting their skills.

Where: The Art Gallery?, India International ?Centre ? When : On till  ?23rd November
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