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Tracing Origins of India – Idols and Figurines

  • Jan 13
  • TerraHasta

As one traverses through the history of civilizations, the times and lives of people can be understood from the works they have left behind.  Be it the structures or the vast knowledge of literature, one can see a continuity and adaption of various art & craft forms. It is but obvious that India, being one of the oldest civilizations, there are a rich tradition and works of art that can be traced back to many millennia. Metal arts – be it sculptures, or other artefacts used as home accents - India has a rich heritage which goes all the way back to the Indus-Sarasvati times. India is regarded to be the pioneer in the use of bronze and the idols & figurines that have been uneart...


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Mubarakpur Weaves And Its Origins

  • Nov 04
  • Terra Hasta

Mubarakpur Weaves And Its Origins


Being the most populated and largest state of India, Uttar Pradesh has always been known for housing different cultures, cuisines and types of clothing. From Agra’s Taj Mahal to Mathura’s Peda and Vrindavan’s Holi celebrations to Lucknow’s Chikan embroidery, every village or town in Uttar Pradesh has its own identity.

But apart from the famous Banarsi sarees or Lucknow’s elegant Chikan embroidery done on various fabrics like kurtas and sarees, few people know that the small village in Uttar Pradesh – M...


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Embedding of cultures: Dhokra Mosaic Fusion

  • Oct 27
  • Terra Hasta

Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' …by Page McConnel.

Yes, art is limitless and knows no boundaries, especially when one art-form is fused with another one. Such special story is about Dhokra Mosaic Fusion, which is a unique synthesis of two ancient cultures belonging to different continents. And, of course, it goes without saying that it is one of the rare creative gems that pays tribute to two of the oldest art forms in the World.

Dhokra art is [practised in parts of Chattisgarh, Central Jharkhand, Odisha and part...


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Longpi Pottery- Manipur’s Quaint Charm

  • Oct 18
  • Terra Hasta

One of the best kept secrets of Manipur happens to be the Longpi pottery. Locally known as Longpi Ham, it is the traditional craft of the state deriving its name from the ‘Longpi’ village. The lustrous blackstone pottery, traditionally, made by the Thangkul Naga tribe have not only kept the art form alive and thriving but also have made it popular globally.

Striking pots, vases, mugs, kettles and glasses are made by artisans, which are simple, minimalistic and black in colour. They have a smooth finish and as one touches them, one can feel their h...


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The Many Facets of Sharad Navratris – Many Beliefs and Customisations With a Common Message

  • Sep 22 2017
  • TerraHasta

The advent of Sharad Rutu (autumn season) marks the beginning of  #Navaratris kicking of the long festive season in India. The  #Navaratris commence post the Mahalaya Paksha( Shraadh ) a fortnight where people pay respects to their forefathers.

Navaratris - literally translating to 9 nights- are celebrated in many ways across the Country. In Northern parts of India people celebrate it as a mark of Lord Rama’s victory over Raavana and Ram Leela - story of lord Rama enacted as a play in open theatres – is a regular feature.

In other part...


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Tracing the Origins of India’s Diverse Art Styles

  • Jul 27 2017
  • TerraHasta

In a culture-rich country like India, long influenced by multiple traditions and religions, art and crafts are deeply rooted in an expansive array of techniques. Our art forms expand across different categories from sculptures to tableware and clothing, many of them specific to certain regions, adding another layer of richness. With one of the highest number of GI tags for Handicrafts in the World, India is home to the most diverse art and craft forms. We owe much of this diversity to indigenous people who unceasingly maintain the traditions that have led to the formation of an exhaustive market. Indian painting styles, in particular, reveal a history embedded in diverse geographic lineage and religious influences. 
 
Certain common themes exist, taking from Hindui...


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Go Natural for a Better World – The Tableware products

  • Oct 24
  • TerraHasta

Natural disaster creates opportunities! When cyclone Thane struck Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry in 2011 the devastation was quite significant. The afforested areas too sustained heavy damage, it was estimated that some 75% of tree cover was lost. A particular tree species, Acacia auriculiformis, was among the felled trees in large quantities. Acacia is a beautiful and strong wood and it seemed a pity that it should be cut in to fire wood. The idea to create wood products was born then. The tree, locally known as Worktree, naturally became the name of what is today an established wood crafting workshop focused on providing natural wooden products to enable a more environment friendly living.

Sustainable living where we use natural and eco-frien...


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The Sleepy coastal village that weaves some of the best sarees in the world

  • Jul 14
  • TerraHasta

When I heard about the World famous GI tagged Uppada sarees I was intrigued to find out its history and planned to make a trip to the distant village in a remote part of Andhra Pradesh. The journey took me to Kakinada part of the East Godavari district – one of the most fertile regions of the country – and from there an hour’s drive along the Bay of Bengal in what can be described as one of the most beautiful and calming drives; the sea waves splashing onto the narrow road and brushing our car was exhilarating and that only heightened my anticipation of reaching Uppada and meeting the people who create the rich Jamdhani sarees and I was not disappointed.
 
Uppada, a small village, welcomes you with multiple Saree shops and for a moment we wanted to aba...


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Tanjore Paintings – The Stamp of Uniqueness from the Deep South

  • Jul 05
  • TerraHasta

The splendid Paintings of the young Krishna or Ganesha that adorn many a wall – be it homes or offices – is something that I have grown upto and always wondered about the unique style that can be easily identified.

Thanjavur or Tanjore painting art form is something that not only brings in nostalgia but clearly communicates that there is a significant history to this brilliant art form!  And surely the god forms and now multiple motifs that are painted has a rich history and a process unique to itself.

Tanjore painting is an art form with a deep religious and cultural significance. It has its origin way back in the 16th century in Thanjavur, the temple town of Tamil Nadu. Once adorning the walls of royal palaces and temples, Tanjore paintings n...


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Pattachitra and Raghurajpur – what Gods look forward to

  • Jul 01
  • TerraHasta

In Odisha, we often wonder if it is a prerequisite for a town to be on the banks of a river to nurture a great art form? Well it seems so, as all the towns that perfected the art of Pattachitra happen to be situated on the banks of rivers (Paralakhemundi, Raghurajpur, Chikiti and Sonepur).  The idyllic village of Raghurajpur, situated on the banks of River Bhargabi, has continued this glorious tradition and, infact, extended this art form to other mediums – Tasar Chitra and Tado Chitra. In the y...


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Madhubani Paintings – A Gift from the Wedding of Rama and Sita

  • Feb 28 2017
  • TerraHasta

The culture and art forms of India are so varied and distinctive that it is awe inspiring that these have passed on for generations   where the techniques and materials used are in harmony with nature. The Madhubani/Mithila style of art can be traced to the time of the Ramayana. It is believed that King Janaka asked all houses to be painted with various designs to celebrate the wedding of his daughter, Sita, to Lord Rama and this is how this famous art form came into being.  

Madhubani, part of Mithila region of Nepal and the northern part of Bihar, seems to have continued this simple but stunning a...


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