Monday, August 29, 2016

Handmade artifacts from Dastkar

Dastakar is an NGO which supports crafts people, to promote and sell their products. To support the craft people , Dastkar organizes many events , including exhibitions and sales of handicrafts. This time it was organized in the month of August , in Bangalore. I always try not to miss Dastkar exhibitions, as we get to see and buy  variety of handicrafts and hand-looms.

As  every time , this year also many crafts-people from all over India had exhibited their products. I forgot to take my camera :-( . so sharing about the handmade items I bought from Dastkar. It is really amazing to see the handcrafted unique products there.
Some of the handcrafted items I bought:
1. Phad painting from Rajasthan: Phad painting is a kind of folk and scroll paintings, which is practiced in Rajasthan: 
Dastkar
Phad painting
2. A panel of mirror work from Bijapur(Karnataka). These are made by Banjara community of Karnataka).Thinking of using it to make a small purse
Dastkar
Banjara Mirror work
3.This one is unique. Papers with plock printed and ajrak printed designs on it.I can use it to make Decoupage
Dastkar
Ajrak printed paper

Dastkar
Indigo printed paper
4. Magnetic book mark, with the pictures of Indian paintings and hand-loom .
Dastkar
Magnetic bookmark
5.Hand painted wooden bangles:
Dastkar
Hand painted wooden bangles
5. Jute earrings from West Bengal
Dastkar
Jute earrings
6.Beaded hair clip from Tripura :
Dastkar
Beaded hair Clip
7. Applique duppata from Uttar Pradesh :
Dastkar
Applique Duppata
8.Footwear with Indigo block prints from Rajastan
Dastkar
Indigo printed footwear
All the handicrafts exhibited were very unique, which cannot be found in local market easily. So don't miss Dastkar events in your city next time.



Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Handmade Rakhis

 I was supposed to post about handmade Rakhee, before Raksha Bandhan.It got delayed because I was attending a workshop to learn a different craft.

 Raksha Bandhan is festival in India to celebrate bondage between brother and sister. All the Indians know about this.Lots of Rakhis are available in market , I prefer to send handmade Rakhis, but everytime due to lack of time , end up sending Rakhis which are bought from market. Few years ago I had made Rakhis using quilling stripsThose were liked by all my brothers. 

This year learnt another craft, polymer clay jewellery making. Thought of making , Rakhis using polymer clay. I'm just learning this craft, so these have not come out nicely. :(
handmade Rakhis
Rakhis made using Polymer clay
Will make better ones next time.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saree Design -With Kalamkari border again

I never get contended with collecting and designing with  traditional paintings of India. Kalmakari is one such art. I have kalmkari patches, kalamkari borders, kalamkari duppata, kalamkari saree , kalamkari hand block printed clothes etc. Still whenever I see clothes with kalamkari art, I end up buying that. :-). I have designed 3-4 sarees using kalamkari patches. First one was with Paisley designs , and recently designed some sarees with Kalamkari border for my customers.

Another saree with blue silk material and Kalamkari border was designed with a zari border. If I use zari border and cloth with zari motifs, I can't wear it on casual day. So this time designed Kalamkari saree without zari, so that I can wear it anytime , any day :-).
Here it is :
Kalamkari saree
Kalamkari saree

I chose a beautiful Kalamkari border with peacock design, in light green color. Here is the Kalamkari border:
Kalamkari saree
Kalamkari border

I was searching for a right cloth for this border. I could have chosen dark green or pink. But decided to avoid dark colors this time. So selected pastel color . As the border has pink color too, I chose pink color as contrast. For the pink color , I used the cloth from my mother's old silk saree.
Here are the materials I used :
Kalamkari saree
The materials chosen

Attached the kalamkari patch as border along the saree, contrasting it on both the sides with small strip of pink silk cloth.
Kalamkari saree
Kalamkari saree

The pink silk saree cloth is remaining . So I will use it for the blouse. Though it has some glossy silk look, but I can wear it on casual day too. Or shall I choose a blouse in cotton for this?

Designing dress with  Kutchwork, learning some more forms of crafts. Eager to share my experiments and experiences with arts and crafts with you.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana
 
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