Indian Art & Handicrafts

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Gem stone painting

This form of painting, which originated in Rajasthan only around 200 years ago, is done by pasting semi-precious stones of various hues like Agate, Amethyst, Blood-stone, Citrine, Crystal, Garnet, Jade etc on paper, glass or acrylic sheets. Water color lines sharply demarcate the outlines of various forms in the painting. The primary plus of such paintings is that they are long lasting and never fade. If wanna have a painting and not bother about maintaining it as well, then gemstone paintings are a good option.

A wooden box with gem stone painting on it's lid, that I bought at Kalanjali, Hyderabad.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bidri ware

The name comes from Bidar, a town in Karnataka, where craftsmen started making Bidri ware during the Mughal era. With its origin in Persia, the wares basically involve silver/brass inlays on copper-zinc alloy base. Quite naturally, the more the inlays, costlier the ware. While earlier this was used to decorate swords and weapons, later it brought under its gamut domestic items like vase, plate, goblet etc.

……a bidri ashtray that I bought at Kalanjali, Hyderabad……

Friday, April 21, 2006

Glass painting

.....done by my mom.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rider at dawn

A water color painting done by me over 15 years back....

Tile painting

Here's my mom's painting of Lord Ganesha done on a piece of white colored tile. It is stuck on our kitchen wall.

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