Friday, June 29, 2012

A visit to a handicraft shop in Gudigaragalli

In my previous post I have written about Gudigargalli- A street Of Handicrafts. As promised in the previous post, in this post I'm taking you to one of the handicraft shops in Gudigargalli.
Every time I visit my native, I visit Gudigaragalli to buy gifts for my friends and some collectives for myself. This time I could capture some photos. So sharing the magnificent works of art with you.
Mahalasa Kalakendra, is one of the shops, I often visit. So taking you there.
Mahalasa Kalakendra-This shop has good collection
Once you enter, you can see everywhere beautifully crafted wooden statues:

Statues of Lord Ganesha, in different styles:

And statue of Lord Krishna:

This is very rare one, Shri MahaVishnu, standing on lotus flower:

Very famous one : Geetopadesha:
And some beautiful wooden panels , with eye catching sceneries crafted on that:

The below are beautifully crafted wooden articles, which depicts blend of traditional art with modern theme:
I know you are appreciating the art. Major part of your appreciation shall go to Mr.D.D.Shet, who is the man behind the art,
He is awarded 3-4 times with State and National awards. No wonder!. Though the profession of art and crafts, started by his father, I can say, Mr.D.D.Shet has given new dimension to this art, by blending traditional art with modern theme. Now the third generation is taking it forward.

As I said in my previous post, I'm really proud of Gudigaragalli, which made my native Kumta famous :-).

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gudigaragalli- Street of Handicrafts

Today taking you through street of handicraft. This street in mainly famous for wood-craft. If you walk down this street, you will feel you have entered a world of arts and craft.
The name of the street is Gudigaragalli(Gudigar- temple artisan or craftsman, Galli means street ). Its in my native place Kumta. Gudigararu- is group of people, and their traditional profession is wood carving. They are very skilled people and artisans. 
You can know about  Gudigars here.

I can say , their contributions to arts have made my native famous worldwide! I'm really proud to take you through this street of Handicraft:
From outside itself you can see the shop is filled with many statues and other handicraft items.
Some more shops along the street Gudigaragalli.

I know, you are eager to see their works in detail. Even I'm enthusiastic  to to share about their work. So in next post, I will take  you to one of my favorite shops.

Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blog awards

From past few months , I'm receiving many blog awards.
Thank you all for considering my blog for the awards.
The award list goes here:

Versatile blogger award

I received this award from
Usha Srikumar,Mahalakshmi ,Nagini and from Leela Govind
Here are the awards:

Different images, but I hope both means the same. :-)
As a rule I have to pass to fellow bloggers.
Passing it to (don't consider order :-))
Discover Lifestyle
Crafts Island
Viji's craft
Miss Crafty
Creative Patterns 
A colorful Butterfly

Liebster award

Next award is Liebster award, recieved from Rajeshwari. I love her cute blog Diaper Mum. Thank you Rajeshwari.

Passing it to the following bloggers:
Ina , blog : Let's learn embroidery . I like all her embroideries , especially Peacock embroidery.
Abhinav, blog : Rhythm of nature. Here the photos of nature are awesome. I will use some for my embroidery designs (Of course with his permission :-))
Seema Burde , blog : ಒಡಲಿನ ಬೆಂಕಿ (Kannada blog) Love the poems written by her in Kannada.
Nagini , blog : A homemaker's utopia , her paintings are beautiful.
RajiSaj , blog : Thread with me  . Appreciate her creativity in embroidery and fabric painting.
Sndhya , blog : Sandvicrochet: The crochet patterns created by her beautiful.
Mahalkshmi , blog : Maha Arts & Crafts , She is good in all kinds of arts and crafts.

Awesome Blogger award

And Awesome Blogger award:
This is presented by Aswini ( Tales of a Wandering Mind)

Thank you Ashwini.
All the bloggers are awesome , but this can be presented to only 10 bloggers :(.
 I'm presenting this award to :
Tangy Tomato Twist : I enjoy the short stories in this blog.
Rambling Musings  : I never miss any post from this blog. I love the way Mr.R.Ramkrishanan writes about life, his travel experience and current affairs. His posts about travel experience virtually takes you to the place.
Safarnaama सफरनामा : This is another blog, from which I don't miss any posts. I like the Hindi peoms written by Amit. (Though for me ,its somewhat difficult to read and understand Hindi :-))
Creative Mind : Oh! Khadija is truly creative! 
Unveil the Other Side : Like short stories written by Aswini. Love her posts written in Kannada.
Sangry words:  I think most of the bloggers know about her. I can say, her posts are "Cute".
WHATEVR iT TAKES :  I need not tell anything about Deepak and his blog :-), all the bloggers know him :-)
Usha Srikumar's Musings : I adore her art. Usha creates magnificent paintings in Tanjore and Kerala Mural styles.
Summers Of India :  Summers Of India : Love the way Ms.Sharma narrates her experience and experiments with arts and crafts.Her blog takes you to an enchanting world of arts, crafts, fashion, temples, rangoli, embroidery and many more. 
Cards, Crafts and Kids Project : Though by profession a doctor , Dr. Sonia takes to world of craft through this blog. I love the beautiful cards created by Dr.Sonia.

Oh forgot! As a process of accepting the award I should share 7 random things about me:

1. I beg for chocolates from my son. And love the way he says "No".
2. I love beaches. I think Bangalore should have a beach. In fact every place on this earth should have a beach.
3.I watch lots of movies, in any language. Though I don't understand most of the languages.
4. Most of the time I'll be lost in my own world, which my son hates.
5. I laugh a lot ,  too loudly, which my mother doesn't like :-)
6. I love to watch Saas - Bahu daily soaps with my  sweet Saas (Mom in law) :-)
7. Last , I've a big doubt whether I deserve these blogger awards. What do you say?

Oops! I missed to mention the process of  accepting the award!. To accept the award you have to:
1. Write a post about this award, mentioning about the blogger(That's me in this case!) who presented this award.
2. Write 7 random things about you in the same post.
3. Present this award to 7-10 fellow bloggers.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Patchwork - Diwan cover

Sriramapura , a place in Bangalore is also called "Chindi Bazar",("Chindi" in Kannada  means Rag) which is a heaven for cotton cloth lovers(buyers). Here cotton cloths are sold not by the length but by the  weight. So it works out cheaper.Sometimes I will take you there, through my post :-). I buy cotton cloths for quilts , from "Chindi Bazar". Recently when I visited this market I found a white cotton cloth with bold prints.

The print is very unique ,bird is feeding its younger ones and another bird is bringing food. I found it very attractive so bought the cloth. As per my knowledge about the fabric , its called Chintz (Cloth) print. 
We have a Diwan at home.  I thought of using the cloth to make a cover for the Diwan.Cut the cloth along the black border and made square pieces. Then stitched those on  a Orange color cotton cloth. Used Black and White , printed cloth as the border.
Closer view

Black and White combination goes well with any color. Isn't it?

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Makeover of a Saree

This is my Attige's (Sister in law) saree, plain Blue silk like saree with Golden border.

She wanted very flashy design for this saree. Though I don't like flashy , I had to go with her wish. So printed big circular motifs along the border.
Attached Kundans on the motifs and Golden color Chamkis on the body of the saree.
Near Pallu , printed the motifs all over the body and attached Chamkis and Kundans.Attached small Blue Brocade material border and lace along the saree border.
Closer View of the motif

The Pallu is enriched with  Kundan and Readymade motifs:
Brocade blouse to match with it:

I have sent it to my Attige and waiting for her response. :-). Hope she likes the makeover.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some more Tatting

In the last post I've shared about tatted motifs I made.
I have used tatted motifs in combination with hand embroidery on dresses.
Below is a short top (Kurti) I have used lace and tatted motifs:

Closer view of the motifs:

The below one is dark Brown Salwar top, on this I attached Beige colored ready-made lace , tatted motifs , Kundans with Hand embroidery on the neck

Look at this tatted Butterfly:
Isn't that cute?

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tatting- these knots are beautiful

Tatting takes me 15 years back. First time I saw this in 'Anchor Needle n Thread', magazine. I tried a lot to learn tatting, reading instructions given in the book. But could not. In every attempt I left with knots :-).I felt disappointed. One day a lady came to my home told that she knew tatting. At that moment she looked like Maata Saraswati (Hindu Goddess of Knowledge) holding Tatting shuttle in one hand and tatting thread in other hand. :-). When I requested her, without hesitation she agreed to teach me tatting. To learn this craft you need threads, tatting shuttle and lots of patience :-)

Tatting is lace making craft, basically evolved in European countries. (About Tatting you can read here).Tatting transforms thread into beautiful lace and motifs, with the tool called 'Tatting Shuttle'.
Tatting Shuttle
Tatting shuttle and thread
I love this craft. Normally I make small motifs and laces, so that those can be used in combination with embroidery. There are masters in tatting who make big doilies using tatting. 

Some of the motifs I tried recently : Motifs with five petals and four petals
                                          Some bigger motifs, made using multi color thread and joining two shuttles together.
Motifs in two colors, made using two shuttles:


The motifs look very beautiful, if beads are used.

White motif with gold color beads.Similar way, tatted jewellery can be made.
Tatting threads are very durable, normally Anchor Mercer cotton is used for tatting. The below are the motifs I made when I learnt tatting, that's 15 years ago:
There are 25 motifs, I'm planning to use these for a dress in combination with Fabric painting.
I have used  Lace and tatted motifs in combination with hand embroidery on a dress. I will share about that in next post.

-Till next post
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,

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