As claimed by a local legend, a ‘Raffoogar’(darner) named Alibaba lived in the valley of
Mutwa embroidery... the embroidery of a girl who travels far in her imagination while social confines keep her within limits.
They are a sight to behold, a conversation so musical, a feeling so warm.... they are the people of Kashmir... in their land.
Once adorned by the royalties of the country, on the sheen of silk and the
a few artisans in sarangpur, Madhya Pradesh, who are making nutcrackers they were so fascinated by. The students watch wide-eyed as a pair of metal-smiths forge a piece of metal and file the head into an L-shape, one of them controlling the forge while holding the article..
The pieces spin once again to apply the coat of lacquer. The sticks of Lac are pressed against the constantly moving surface. The friction of it begins melting the sticks and colour blooms onto the wood as the Lac sticks to it. If the natural colours do not suffice, the artisans turn to acrylics...
Gaatha brings to you, traditional handicrafts and the culture behind them, directly from the very home of the Indian artisan.