Dandiya is one of the most cheerful socio-religious folk dances of Gujarat, mainly performed on the festival of Navratri as an aesthetic expression of people’s happy and joyful emotions and feelings, with the people all dressed-up in shiny and multicolored attires, called chaniya choli (a three piece lehenga set containing blouse, skirt and dupatta). This Madhubani painting depicts the same in its vibrant and colorful palette, painted with natural dyes and pigmentations with the help of brushes, twigs, fingertips, nib-pens and matchsticks. The red geometric border and bright orange background highlights the artist’s creativity with colors.
The two damsels are garbed in striking green and pink lehengas each, having designer motifs and eye-catchy weavings and borders; ornamented graciously in enormous jewels of jhumka, maangtika, colorful bangles and anklets, they express their feelings by carrying a slight smile on their face, large shiny eyes and that gesture of playing with the decorated dandiya sticks in hand. As the sticks strike and produce a sound, their inner happiness and strength boosts up to dance more.
The floral background at the top, seems to abut with the positive vibes of the dance by spreading its green branches altogether in various directions, as if dancing with the flow and red flowers outgrown with amusement with the two peacocks on the tree looking down to enjoy the ongoing festivities. A single glance at this painting instils vibes of creativity, gleefulness and festivity.
The urli tradition is a simple yet effective indoor-freshening technology that has stood the test of time. The water and flowers need to be replaced atleast twice a day in order for the arrangement to not go stale, making for a pleasant occupation to while away a few minutes in the middle of the day. This brass number is an inlaid one - along the body, around the rim, down the handles - which makes for a colourful composition. Finally, the compact handles by the sides add a world of functionality to the composition.
A designer bag with any outfit is enough to outcast the personality of a woman. We provide you with a set of three such bags at the most reasonable price; sewn in colourful thread embroidery in geometrical patterns with the rectangular bars at corners joining to form a diamond patch in the centre. Flourished with floral designs- every pattern retained in its own individual characteristic, entirely different from the other and shiny small crystals embellished extensively as the base, upgrading its vibrant tone and rich look.
Kutch embroidery is an age old tradition of the Tribal community of Kutch district in Gujarat, having the most notable designs and patterns crafted mainly on cotton fabrics using cotton threads. Originally laid its foundation framework from herringbone stitch and gradually travelled this far flaunting awe struck innovations by the Kutchi women, as shown here, apart from the traditional designs, the sewed colourful thread balls on the border outline the distinctive shape of the bag ensuring its homely touch and the two red colored handles each, take care of the holder’s comfort and fashion.
The chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) Lord Ganesha is clad in a scarlet dhoti and angavastram, the former held in place by a bejewelled girdle and the latter hemmed with gold. In His four hands He holds a weapon to fight adharma with, an auspicious implement the conch, a quantum of blessing, and - of course - a golden laddoo without which His iconography, irrespective of whether it is childlike or wrathful, remains incomplete.
The central ensemble is flanked by a pair of standing trishoolas (tridents), which are indicative of the omnipresence of His father Lord Shiva. The background is the solid unassuming colour of light gold sunset, which serves to set off the nuances of the subject in the foreground. Note the striking similarity in composure between the Lord and His simhavahana, a contrast to the tranquil flight of two birds in the distance.
Lord Buddha started Buddhism as a holy religion which is popularly worshipped in various parts of the world, particularly in Tibet, with as much dedication as any other religion. People in Tibet consider Buddha as a human possessing supernatural powers and not a god. This brass sculpture of Buddha sits on a high raised black wooden pedestal in lotus posture under the beautifully carved Bodhi tree. It is believed that Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree, elaborately loaded with precisely chiseled leaves of similar shape and size. One may notice that this brass tree placed as the backdrop is detachable, hence allowing the sculpture to be placed in dual styles.
Buddha is garbed in an exclusive robe having a golden stylized border carved in floral patterns and inlayed in resplendent reconstituted stones of green, blue and red; the legs are decorated with red and the upper half is heavily flourished with alternate green and blue stones. Buddha sits in Bhumisparsha mudra with the left hand resting on laps and right touching the pedestal as a gesture of calling Mother Earth to witness his enlightenment.
The sculptor has paid keen attention while carving out the facial expressions in high raised eyebrows, half closed eyes and that decent smile on face signifying his calm and composed posture. The long earlobes are symbolic of his princely background while the hundreds of tiny coiled hairs represent his years of continuous dedication. This sculpture is a charming artifact to ornate your house.
Pashminas form the heart of Kashmiri textile; the extent of their warmth, delicacy and softness demonstrates the expert hand skills required for spinning the wool acquired by Changthangi Goats, weaving it and then creating a brilliant masterpiece out of it. The one shown on this page exemplifies the expertise of weavers; its pure white shade like that of a precious pearl allows it to be accompanied with all sorts of colors and all kinds of dresses. The most alluring part is the thick hand embroidery formed at the edges in a settled and elegant manner.
This eye-catching work is identified as sozni embroidery, which is a part of Kashmiri culture since a long time; one of the primitive characteristic of this style of embroidery is that the motifs are created in a satin stitch and are worked identically on both sides of the cloth; shown here in its most popular motifs of stylish flowers and paisleys; zoom in to see the interconnected plethora of miniscule flowers and vines and the use of vibrant shades of red, green, blue and orange that dominate the color palette of this shawl in an extremely mesmerized form.
Madhubani Art is one of the most famous art forms that has its roots from Mithila, a village in Bihar; it has a lineage of more than 2500 years and reflects the culture and traditions of its origin. The one shown on this page is a quintessence of its style, as Madhubani focuses on depicting themes of natural elements like flora and fauna or representation of ritual contents, like festivals, marriages or deities. A good Madhubani painting is never left with empty spaces and is fully covered with required elements in geometric patterns. They are done with the help of fingers, twigs, pen nibs using natural dyes; for black and white paintings, charcoal and soot are often used for black shade.
This painting depicts a forest scenery, with the dense tree of life extending its branches at the top like a giant in a haphazard direction pattern symbolizing strive for greater knowledge, new experiences and strength; the remaining background is covered with varied kinds of leaves and bushes. The small red dots at the tip of every branch are the outgrown fruits. A friendly and healthy wildlife and fishes can be seen hovering around in the tall bushes and water at the bottom; focus on the style of their outlined structures having bulging fish-like eyes, oval face shape and sharp highlighting stripes and patterns on their respective bodies. The prominent orange color in this superfine painting acts as a major attraction to the eyes.
Lord Narasimha is worshipped as a fierce avatar of lord Vishnu who incarnates with a human torso and lower body with a lion face and claws. It is said that demon Hiranyakashipu had gained special powers by which he could not be killed during the day or night, inside or outside the house, neither in sky nor on land nor in heaven, by any weapon, and by man, god, asura or animal. Therefore to kill this demon, Lord Vishnu took Narasimha avatar and killed the demon on his laps, thus countering each and every gifted power of the demon.
This brass sculpture is carved in extreme preciseness and perfectly beautifying chisels with Narasimha settled in lalitasana on multilayered coils of Sheshnaga etched in extensive pattern and has its nine hoods spread out at the top from behind like a parasol. Goddess lakshmi (his consort) sits on his lap with the feet resting on an outgrown lotus flower. Both the deities are adorned in royal garbs that charmingly veil their body forming alluring pleats at the legs and jewels that gracefully enhance their personality also a finely sculpted long flower garland focusing on sculptor’s preciseness. The crowns fitted to their heads are carved in mesmerizing patterns having a multilayered pointed temple top.
Both the deities have their anterior hands in abhaya and varada mudra respectively and Narasimha’s posterior hands carry his iconic weapons, Chakra and Conch respectively. The faces are sculpted in finite magnificence accentuating their innate natures of anger and calmness respectively; the features of fiery eyes, one who causes terror by roaring from his wide mouth, thick eyebrows and layers of hairs around his face are sculpted in realistic manner.
This pure wool stole from the Exotic India collection is the signature beauty of the orient woven into a length of sheer and set off by copper-brown bootis, embroidered in an ethnic design. Its color and style gives a versatile beauty essence on any outfit. Ari needlework is perfected over generations since the Mughal era by artisans forming fascinating floral motifs and other traditional designs. It is done on a stretched fabric using a pen-like needle and popularly a cotton thread for sewing the intrinsic designs. This shawl is woven on a wool fabric of light brown biscuit color with the large bootis covering the entire area in finite distances and an exclusive shape.
Zoom in to the picture to have a keen look at the thin triple layered border slightly above the shorter edge with its outer layer woven in stylized closely-knit floral designs. The traditional flower patterns of bootis makes us remember the heavenly beauty of Kashmir. Its intrinsic and superfine needle strokes enhance its charming shade and awe-struck style. The perfection of this stole confirms of it being handcrafted by the choicest artisans of Kashmir.
Beholder of beauty and serenity, Goddess Saraswati perches in her superb elegance on the sacred vahana, swan, who is flying towards extreme consciousness where mankind resides, with its large wings painted in superb striations. The painter has beautifully framed the painting in a background of setting sun forming a large aureole jetting out its visible rays of love, brightness, happiness and wisdom.
Goddess Saraswati is a member of the cosmic trinity and an embodiment of knowledge, wisdom, arts and sciences; garbed in bright colored silks of red and orange having white flower motifs and jewellery that embraces her as one of a kind. The crowned head in her lalitasana carries the famous musical instrument, Veena with the left hand in vitarka mudra and right holds the universal book of Vedas, therefore also known as Vedmata.
That expression of her eyes and those red lips are a gesture of calmness and honor. This free form design of this Batik painting is painted using wax-resist dye technique in an amalgamation of bright colors of red and orange along with the universal shades, black and white.
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