The Indian Craftsmen

The Indian Craftsmen

A point of interest is the extreme simplicity of the craftsman's tools and methods. The painter's brushes, for example, are made of…
Thangka ~ taken from water

Thangka ~ taken from water

Thangka paintings are not an object of decoration, nor should they be regarded as a mere portraiture of Buddhist monks.…
Trails of Indian fabrics

Trails of Indian fabrics

Following the trail of Indian fabrics through history takes us to some enticing stories in literature. Critical location of the…

Silk Route

Resham (Silk) is known to mankind since 27th century B.C., the discovery of silk is credited to a Chinese Queen…
Stamps on handicrafts

Stamps on handicrafts

Every postage stamp holds a story within itself. The more you look into their archives, the more you understand the…
History of Ajrakh

History of Ajrakh

A king once grew so fond of his bedspread that he insisted his maids to let it stay on his…
Chandi ka warq

Chandi ka warq

If you are visiting an Indian confectionery store for the first time, you are in for a silver treat, it should not…
The woven willows of Kashmir

The woven willows of Kashmir

Deeply intertwined with the day-to-day lives of the natives, the craft of weaving wicker into baskets, chairs and other utilities…
A Gond folktale of Mahua

A Gond folktale of Mahua

Long ago a Gond leader was taking a stroll in the countryside. He was looking for something exquisite that would…
Matka – The earthen pot

Matka – The earthen pot

When gods and demons were churning the ocean (Sheersagar) for the divine Nectar (Mahamrita), an earthen pot emerged. This is…
Music from the Divine

Music from the Divine

Indian musical instruments owe their existence to the divine. Gandharvas, Kinnaras, Narada, Tumburu are some of the mythological legends discussed…
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