Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wood craft of Chittoor-Andhra Pradesh

Wood craft is very ancient craft practiced in India. Though very ancient crafts are practiced in mud (terracotta ),slowly people started using wood because of its durability. I have already shared about the Woodwork of Rajasthan and Wood craft practiced in Coastal Part of Karnataka . Both are entirely different, but both are elegant and very intricate. There are hundreds of varieties of wood work practiced in India, hope to write about all in this blog :-).
In this post sharing about the wood craft of Chittoor- Andhra Pradesh. The wood products crafted in Chittoor varies from small toy to big idols and panels. Majorly its practiced in Kalahasti.The wood required is sourced from nearby forests. The wood is soft and light, and this wood is also used to make toys like kondapalli toys.
The major distinguishing feature of the wood craft of Chottoor from the wood craft of Karnataka is the color. Here you can see the difference:
Wood craft
Wood craft of Karnataka
Wood craft
Wood craft of Chittoor
In wood craft of Chittoor ,after carving the theme on wood, its polished and painted with colors to give life to it. Here are some images of wood craft of Chittoor :

Lets start from this beautifully crafted Pacnhamukhi (5 faceds ) Ganesha Idol. 

 

 Here are some wall panels and wooden idols. You can see the perfect combination of colors have brough life into the idols.
 




 Here is a panel depicting Vishnu Kalyana ( Marriage of Lord Vishnu) , before paints applied:

 Ans , at last not the least my all time favorite idol of  Lord Shri Krishna
 May be its South India or North India, always Indian culture , arts and crafts mesmerize  me. I always love to know about all the crafts of India, also to share with you all. Keep watching this space to know more about Indian crafts.

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




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Screen printing on plain cotton saree

It had been a year that I could not work on screen printing. I have many beautiful designs of screen. Recently  I had designed a screen printing on a saree, which I had shared in the post : Screen printing on saree after years.
Yesterday worked on another saree. This was also a plain cotton saree in purple color, with very beautiful stripe border in Yellow and Maroon. To design on sarees with plain border is quite easy. Any motif can be used  to design the saree. So I used motif of peacock design along the border :

 Here is the closer view of the motif:

To  match the border I printed maroon and yellow paisley motifs.
The pallu has lines of gold zaree, so printed small peacock motifs on that:
I'm planning design many sarees, and next project is designing the blouse for this dakai jamdani saree with Kamal embroidery.

 Soon will share about the same.
Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stupas in Mahabodhi temple- Bodhgaya

The Mohabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, is not only spiritual place for Buddhist , also an evidence of architecture wonder of Mourya dynasty. Its recognized as World Heritage Monuments in India. Stupas play very important role in Buddhism practice. Stupa in Sanskrit means heap. Some of the  major Stupas in India include, Sanchi Stupa, Mabodhi Stupa of Bodhgaya and  Dhamek Stupa of Sarnat. You can read about the details of Stupa here. The stupas are very significant in Buddhism. Its believed building a stupa is considered extremely beneficial in Buddhism.

 Mahabodhi temple
   The main stupa has a beautiful idol of Buddha, and surrounding the main stupa there are many small stupas. If one goes round the main stupa, can find many devotees  engaged in meditation.
Mahabodhi temple

Mahabodhi temple
The different kind of the carvings on the stupas, attracted me the most.All the stupas have dome shaped structure with carved idols of Buddha.
Mahabodhi temple
This one was near the entrance , you can notice Buddha idols of different shapes on the Stupa.
Mahabodhi temple

Mahabodhi temple
 This is the closer view of the carvings. Some had carvings of very small idols of Buddha in many rows:
Mahabodhi temple
This stupa is in front of the Mahabodhi temple, this is small stupa with Buddha idol carved on it.
Mahabodhi temple
There are many such stupas in Mahabodhi temple , each telling story of Buddha and leading his devotees towards peace.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana
each telling a story about the great Buddha
each telling a story about the great Buddha

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