Kalamkari Jewellery, Making of Kalamkari

How Kalamkari Is A Natural Healing Art

The culture of India holds a special place for art and crafts. When talking about the history of India, art plays a major role in describing ancient culture. Every culture has its own art which gives the royal glance of its history. The existence of these arts is from the day when life started. And when talking about historical art, kalamkari is one of them.

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Kalamkari is one of the most beautiful traditional art forms of India which is noted for its extraordinary and fine artwork on fabric. Not only the fabric there are a lot more things which make it exclusive.

How it was named…

Kalamkari means painting with pen, “Kalam” is pen and “Kari” is art. The heritage of this art dates back from ancient times. It was initially traced in the early period of Persian and Indian trade merchants and later it becomes a part of Indian Culture. According to the historians, fabric samples depicting Kalamkari art was found at the archeological sites of Mohenjo-Daro.

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The Extraordinary Process of Kalamkari…

Majorly this art is done in the small towns of Kalahasti, Machilipatnam and other interior regions of Andhra Pradesh by rural craftsmen and women. The process involves 23 steps, Firstly the fabric is bleached and softened and then it is dried in the sun. And in that time colors are made from natural materials or organic material.

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Cotton Fabric is mostly used, after bleaching and drying the cloth is soaked in milk of buffalo as this avoid smudging of dyes when doing the painting. The Kalamkars use ‘tamarind twig’ as, pen, to sketch beautiful motifs.

Why Kalamkari is so exclusive…

Not only the fineness, but kalamkari is also exclusive in many more terms. It is also known as healing fabric. Colors, motifs, compositions and the narration of magical forms create an aura that heals an individual physically and spiritually. Most of the motifs are usually of lords so this art gives a divine charm to the user.

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One of the amazing beauties of this art is fine designs. You will never see broad designs on kalamkari prints. Designs and motifs are always symmetric. Also, only highly skilled artisans create this art from hands, the machine is used nowhere.

Specialties of Kalamkari

Initially, Kalamkari was found only on fabrics which were used in temples and other holy places. But as the art grows, the whole scenario changed. You will find this art in bed sheets, apparels, décor objects, and jewelry. These objects have very fine detailing which attracts the onlookers and give a clean and classy look.

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How Water is an Important Element Of Vastu

Water is one of the five elements of Vastu whose presence or absence does affect the environment of any home. Water has a very powerful influence on Vastu because it acts as a huge energy generator. Any water feature or property may bring positive or negative energy. So, it is very important to know how and what to place for positive benefits.

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Direction:

The first and most important thing while adding a water element is the direction. North, East and Northeast are the most ideal directions, in which you can keep your water element. Placing your water body in these directions will invite divine blessings and success to every aspect of life. But it is advised to avoid west, South or southwest direction as it will create disturbance in your life.

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Place:

Next important thing is the place where you choose to keep your water body. Although there is only direction restriction, besides that you can keep it where you want. According to Vastu keeping a small water element at the entrance of your home will invite positive energy. You can place a water bowl in the living area, in the north corner of your bedroom and can fill the environment with calmness.

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What to keep:

Next thing comes in Vastu is what water body you can keep. There are so many things from which you can choose. For a living area, you can choose a brass Urli, as it holds a special place in Vastu. You can place an aquarium, a fountain, a small water vase, etc. Keeping water will not only invite positive energy but will also give a classy beauty to your ambiance.

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Material to choose:

Material is the other thing which one should be very careful about. Every metal has its own vastu property. According to Vastu earthen pots are the best for keeping at home. You can also go for Brass as keeping a brass is also considered very auspicious. Glass vessels are also good and divine options. But avoid using iron vessel or pot as they will give negative energy.

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Things to avoid:

According to vastu while placing water elements there are certain things which must avoid. If you are placing a fountain then never keep two fountains together in the entrance as it will give a negative energy flow. Avoid placing water element in the kitchen as that is the fire point and may nullify the positive effects. Water should be free-flowing. Flowing water symbolizes an income.

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Water is one of the most important part of any vastu. For inviting successes and happiness one must include water element in their home.

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Pichwai Painting- A Holy Souvenir Of Lord Shreenathji

Paintings and art is an integral part of Indian Culture and history. Every style of painting holds its own unique story. In India, some of the arts were invented to connect the human to god, and because of that, the value of art becomes more precious. Some of the arts are worshipped like God and are still considered holy and sacred. And one of them is Pichwai Painting.

These paintings are created as a backdrop in the temples dedicated to Krishna or Srinathji. And it is also considered as an important offering to God along with food offerings, garments, jewelry, and more.

How Pichwai Painting comes to existence…

There is no substantial data which tell exactly when it was started, but it is one of the oldest art forms of India. Pichwai is a Sanskrit word, where pich stands for ‘back’ and wai for ‘hanging’. These paintings were originated from the holy town of Nathdwara, near Udaipur, Rajasthan around 400 years back. This art was kind of an offering to Lords, which was considered holy when it was hanged behind the Statue.

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The motive behind these paintings was painted to narrate the tale of Lord Krishna.  Shreenath Ji is the ball roop (Child phase) of Lord Krishna, and to tell the sacred goodness of lord these paintings were created. Initially, Pichwai Painting was worshiped like God by people.

The making of Pichwai Painting:

These paintings are full of minute and fine details, so artists take time from a couple of weeks to a few months. The painter first makes a rough sketch on a starched cloth. After that, it is filled with color. Mostly, pichwai painting is done on cloth, so the details filled once cannot be corrected.

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A Pichwai may also be printed using hand blocks or woven using embroidery, dabka, or zardozi work. These paintings are glossy and sometimes embellished with jewels. In this outlines are dark and the embroidery is done with colorful threads. In some, the gold thread is used to highlight the design.

What Pichwai showcase…

The main theme of the Pichwai is of Lord Srinathji and his exploits. The idol shown in the painting is portrayed here which mainly include big eyes, heavy body, and a broad nose. Also, the theme depends on the seasons; summers will have pink lotus & winter will have an intricate jamawar pattern. Different-different occasions are portrayed in these paintings of Lord Shreenath Ji

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You will find the roots of these paintings majorly in Nathdwara, Udaipur, and Rajasthan. While visiting Rajasthan, one must look at these paintings and must take one with them as a souvenir.

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Boring Vase? Know How to Regain The Charm

We all have vases in our decor, as they are one of the beautiful part of any ambiance. Everybody loves to decor their home and wants a new change frequently. But buying new decor objects like vase and other is not economical and also space killer. So to ease your will of giving a new touch to your ambiance, here are some easy DIY ideas which you can apply to your old vase and can give a new look.

Green is beautiful:

Your old metal vase, which is at the same place from years is now not grabbing your attention. No worries, simply sprinkle green. Use an artificial creeper plant or a beautiful crawler plant and twist it around the neck or at the bottom of the vase and make it look like a new one. If you have glass vases than wrap the creeper plant inside.

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Let it glow:

One of the most interesting ways to grab attention is to make it glow. Bring your fairy lights and wrap it around your vase, you can wrap it in any pattern, and if you have flowers in it, then. wrap the lights in the stems. Fairy lights will work like magic if you own glass vases, as the reflection of light will give a beautiful look.

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Set a pattern:

Setting a pattern depends on what material you own for your vase. If you have traditional Rajasthani matki style pot than you can adorn it with some beautiful white flowers. If you own a light shade pot then décor it with bright colors flowers as they will give a dramatic appeal. And if you cannot change the flowers, again and again, go for an artificial one.

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Play with base:

Sometimes the same place or base can make it look boring. If you had placed it on the floor than make it place on a moderate size stool. If you own a transparent pot then go for a traditional Rajasthani style colorful bajot or chowki style base. If the pot is very vibrant and bright than go for a glass top base.

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Give an artistic touch:

Show your creativity; show off your artistic skills and give a new ravishing look to your old vase. If you have transparent jars then you can opt block painting and can give it a modern look. For ceramic vases, you can stick small different shapes mirror in a pattern for a Rajasthani touch. A metallic engraved vase can be retouched by glossy gold or silver paint.

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Get it glitter:

All that glitter may not be gold but surely looks beautiful. You don’t have to do much for a new look just add gloss to your vase. If you have transparent pot than fill the pot with glitter sand of any color. If not a transparent then adorn your beautiful pot with gold or silver glossy flowers and give a pretty classy look.

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Gangaur – A Colorful Festival Of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is famous in the world from tourist point of attraction. The variety of attractions in Rajasthan offers a great tour to them. Different-Different cultural rituals and traditions give a major goal to tourists for visiting Rajasthan. Fairs and festivals are one of the focal points of Rajasthani culture, and when talking about a festival, Gangaur is one of them.

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Gangaur Festival is one of the most beautiful and colorful festivals of Rajasthan. This is a festival, which celebrates love and marriage and is dedicated to Goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva.  Held two weeks after the Holi festival, a large number of tourists from various places attend this gala Gangaur festival. There are many more things which you should know about Gangaur.

Importance of Gangaur festival…

This festival is celebrated for Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva. Both married and unmarried women take part in this festival with a lot of enthusiasm. Gana means Lord Shiva and Gaur means Lord Parvati, the festival is all about marital fidelity and harvest. All the women and girls pray to Lord Shiva & Lord Parvati for prosperity.

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How Gangaur is celebrated…

The festival starts on the first day of Chaitra, the day next to Holi, and continues till the day of Gangaur.  Sculptures of God and Goddess are made out of clay for the rituals, and these idols are used for entire function. These idols are decorated like a bride and groom with various attires and jewelry. From the seventh day of Holi, women carry small earthen lamps and walk around the streets, singing ghudlia songs.

The last three days are the most colorful part of this festival. Localities adorn there deities like a bride and groom and follow all the rituals which are followed in a marriage. At an auspicious time, the locals form a procession with the deities on the head of married women. Then they place them near a pond or a lake and for next two days, worship is done.  On the final day, idols are immersed in water.

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Although all the parts of Rajasthan celebrate this festival Jaipur & Udaipur are the main places where you will see the enthusiasm on a different level. A gala function is organized by the Royal families and people enjoy the fair and cultural diversities.