Arty-Facts about Indian Handicrafts

  • An ancient Indian craft form, but thriving still!!

    There are many ancient craft forms especially ones that have originated in India, but the one I'm writing about today is one of my favourites since the intricacy & detailing in this form can be paralleled by few others only.  I'm referring to Palm leaf Etching art, also called Talachitras. The Oriya word 'Tala' stands for Palm and 'chitra' as we know stands for Picture in Hindi as well as Oriya. Thus,Talachitra means - picture on Palm leaves.Though it is one of the most ancient forms of art in the World, it thrives in Orissa with a considerable following overseas...

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  • Fair Trade buying - How is it impacting Indian manufacturers/suppliers

    Most of us are busy in our lives with our jobs, families & other commitments, but it takes only a little bit of awareness (& zero trouble) to be able to make a small but significant difference to the lives of the needy. The small purchases you make, can go a long way in creating sustainable livelihoods for India's artisans. HOW? - Buy from sellers who work directly with Artisans & (SHGs) Self Help Groups or buy from firms that are Fair trade members.Fair trade awareness is still low in India and in some cases organisations that are aware are in the...

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  • Why did we decide to get into the handicrafts space?

    I'm an ex-banker by profession and when I decided to quit I didn't know what I would do with my time.  I was sure that I'd start off with my own venture, but what shape it would take was something I couldn't fathom, no matter how hard I tried. So, I decided to let go forcing myself to arrive at a decision or an idea to take up. I knew eventually it would come to me.  It happened when I visited my hometown - Bhubaneshwar after many long years with my mother (to meet up with relatives & generally take...

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  • Small purchases BIG impacts - Follow Fair trade in spirit & not blindly by letter.

    Most of us are busy in our lives with our jobs, families & other commitments, but it takes only a little bit of awareness (& zero trouble) to be able to make a small but significant difference to the lives of the needy.  The small purchases you make, can go a long way in creating sustainable livelihoods for India's artisans.  HOW? - Buy from sellers who work directly with Artisans & (SHGs) Self Help Groups or buy from firms that are Fair trade members. Fair trade awareness is still low in India and in some cases organisations that are aware...

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