With the disappearance of the relevancy of this hand fan (Pankha) craft in India, the tradition deeply rooted and tied to India’s craft culture is starting to wither away
Dhalapathara saree used to be the first choice of everyone. Dhalapathara, literally meaning white stone, was at its peak from late 1800s to mid 1900s. It was a regular at weekly markets of Bhubhuneshwar, Calcutta, Sonepat, even in Madhya Pradesh during the 1950s. Oh! the traders from Kolkata used to drool over these Dhalapathara sarees!
In recent times, Pattachitra is used to depict and spread awareness about recent historical events like The French Revolution, World Wars, Bengal Plagues, Freedom Struggle among others. But the most interesting point to observe here is that all the characters of these images have Bengali physical features...
KNOW YOUR NATIVE (INDIAN TRIBE) The distinctly peculiar characteristics of indigenous Indian Tribal communities have
“What can you do with a rice grain? You can feed it to the crow,
Lace crafted in precious metals, a mesh of shining diaphanous threads of silver and gold,
Gaatha brings to you, traditional handicrafts and the culture behind them, directly from the very home of the Indian artisan.