Arty-Facts about Indian Handicrafts

  • Gifting and the fun of it!

    When we receive a gift, a lot of times it's with trepidation. There are thoughts on whether there's a motive behind the gift, of the pressure of having to return this favour/gift and at times even reactions like 'this isn't good enough for me! We totally take away the joy of receiving or gifting with such analysis. Isn't Diwali/Christmas the time when most of us go through the motions of gifting and over analysing? We all look forward to Diwali. We look forward to spending time with friends and family, praying & partying together and celebrating it with lights, cameras and a lot of action....

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  • KANDARPA : SENSUAL yet SPIRITUAL : I have claimed my share of the magic how about you?

    Yippee! Here's our next guest blog and aren't we lucky that it's by Vaidehi Sancheti? Vaidehi is extremely well read on Indian history & culture, is a writer of distinction and someone who thinks very differently from the ordinary. She shares her interpretation of the 'Kandarpa' theme with us; a theme that's by far the most popular among the Advaita Handicrafts Patachitra artists. Here's what she says - I love Krishna. By me he is the best character appearing in Indian Mythology. Lord to some, friend to some, king to some and charioteer to Arjuna. The gamester, the prankster, the...

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  • Psst a secret tip: You've got to read this.

    Hello,  A lot of pretty girls & women in Mumbai want this shiny bright metal to wear or as beautiful artifacts at home. Yes, I'm referring to the quaint dhokra brass metal artifacts & jewellery. But the Mumbai weather deters them. Some complain that they love brass metal but refrain from buying as it blackens in humid conditions. So thought I'd write a simple note to let all my dear brass metal dhokra jewellery customers & lovers to know how critical lime water is for them. Lemon as we know has huge health benefits. It aids in digestion. Luke warm lime...

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  • A few of my favourite things!

    Came across the song “Raindrops on Roses & whiskers on kittens’ from The Sound Of Music a few days back while attempting to play some songs for my kids on Saavn. And then they asked, "Mama – what are your favourite things?" I paused for a very long time, enough for them to feel that I hadn't heard them. I had to beg for time and get back to them post consciously thinking about it. It's funny how as adults we lose touch with ourselves in the daily rigmarole of life. The Kids had their answers ready.  My daughter said she...

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  • My favorite corner - what's yours?

    My comfort zone in the literal sense of the word, is my little corner beside my bed. It has all the things I love right there - my favorite books (or rather the current one being read), a table clock, a lamp to keep the room cozy and warm and a family pic. Not to forget my little stool to sit on. And why is it my favorite? Well, like I said it has my favorite things, it's where I escape to when I want some solitude and its where I chat with my little girl early morning as I...

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  • Dashavataar - Patachitra depictions & bedtime stories

    Every night, one of us, either me, my husband or mother in law has to tell the children a story at bedtime. The stories have to be different & new and though repeats are allowed, it's not easy coming up with new ones regularly. One night I was starting at this painting (as I usually do :)) and hubby was trying to rack his brains on dreaming up a new story, when this idea of narrating the sequence of the Dashavataars and stories around it as bedtime stories struck me. I was overjoyed as I wouldn't have to tax my brains...

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  • Reviewing - A BIG deal

    I've been buying a lot online these days - guess you could attribute it to the 70% plus sales that the apps keep flashing on my mobile and the fact that shopping has never been easier. Checking out the latest trends by browsing on my mobile from the comfort of my bedroom is becoming addictive - or so my husband wails! However, there's a BIG problem here which m sure is common to a lot of us online buyers.  How does one know that what one sees is what one gets?    The pics appear great - all edited. The...

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  • Krishna Connection anyone?

    A lots new with us! We love Krishna & hope you do too. Most of you who've been following, buying and supporting us, would already know how a lot of our paintings & products (such as hand painted dress materials) are featured on Lord Krishna. So, we introduce to you new designs of Palm leaf prints based on the many moods of Krishna. Have a look, you're sure to fall in love with HIM! Look closely at the pictures and you'll see that these are prints on palm leaves stuck/stitched together. The frames are made from golden grass (called 'kaincha' colloquially)...

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  • A side take on Advaita Products - As ice breakers that make great conversation topics!

    Hi, I'm Vikas Dimri and I'm excited about being a guest blogger here today for Advaita Handicrafts. Advaita Handicrafts is owned by Leena, who's a good friend of mine but allow me to clarify that it was I who suggested a small blog post for Advaita on my own. I did so, because I'm genuinely in love with the products of Advaita, it's business philosophy and I myself own quite a few of their products. Of course, Leena was delighted.  Well, I have a couple of Advaita Handicraft products at home and I must say, they almost always serve as ice...

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  • Why are we so passionate about Patachitra Paintings

    Well finally! I now understand what a colleague of mine meant when she told me that she woke up at 5 am every morning and spent the first hour just staring at paintings that she loved! Back then I thought she was crazy to be giving up an extra hour of sleep. I feel her passion now and have Patachitras to thank for it. Never heard of this form of art? Fret not, a little bit of history and a couple of pictures are at hand. I myself knew little of Patachitras a year ago and still know little, but...

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