ART & CRAFT

As a art AND cRAFT lover I love to explore different art forms with different mediums. I always love to explore Mandala,  India's folk artforms and Craft.

Mandalas are circular designs with repeating shapes and they often hold spiritual significance. 

Indian Folk art, which is the term used to refer to artistic expressions made by hand, continues to be relevant and popular in India even today. The art forms are not only practiced by rural folk but also enjoyed by city dwellers. Indian folk art is an important cultural tradition in India. It has been passed down through generations and is deeply connected to the culture of this country. Folk art also has a special connection with the rural communities in India.

Indian folk art is a country’s heritage and can be representative of the culture and history of that country. It is the most original work of art because it is born out of the soul of the people. Indian folk arts are culturally based art forms that are handed down through generations. These traditional art forms include music, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and much more. This is a very unique feature of Indian Art and Culture.

Traditional Indian Folk art is a term that refers to the artwork of people who are not professional artists. Folk arts are artistic traditions that originated in a common context and were passed down through generations by being taught informally, this is so much the heart of our Indian Art and Culture.

I am practicing few art forms and sharing some arts. 

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MANDALA

Mandala is a sacred piece of art work, which is evoke healing, spiritual development and meditation. It can be understood in two different ways externally as visual representation of the universe and internally as guide for several practices that take place in many ancient traditions including meditation.

In Hinduism and Buddhism the belief is that by entering the mandala and proceeding to towards center you are guide thru the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering to one of joy n happiness.

The word mandala means sacred circle  and is right from the word mantra which means continued of essence. This circle or continued of essence is set a represent wholeness, health, connection, unity, harmony and cycle of life. It is also set to symbolize being one that life going with flow and reflecting in those. Mandalas also connecting geomatical patterns which reflect and represent the geometry of entire universe. They usually have a focal point in the center which is known as seed and it is starting point to the creation of the mandala and all of life.  

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle". It is a symbol of significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. 

In new Age, the mandala is a diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a time-microcosm of the universe, but it originally meant to represent wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself, a cosmic diagram that shows the relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies.

In Hinduism, a basic mandala, also called a yantra containing a circle with a center point. Mandalas often have radial balance. It may be a two or three- dimensional geometric composition used in sadhanas, puja or meditative rituals.​​ In Buddhism, mandalas have been developed also into sand painting. Mandalas are commonly used by tantric Buddhists as an aid to meditation. The mandala is a support for the meditating person.

 

According to art therapist and mental health counsellors, creating mandalas helps stabilize, integrate, and re-order inner life. According to the psychologists its symbolic nature can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.

WARLI
(Maharashtra state)

Warli painting is a style of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra, India. This tribal art was originated in Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today.

Jivya Soma Mashe, the artist in Thane district has played a great role in making the Warli paintings more popular. Jivya is known as the modern father of Warli painting. Since the 1970s, Warli painting has moved onto paper and canvas. The style of Warli painting was not recognised until the 1970s, even though the tribal style of art is thought to date back as early as 10th century A.D.

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The Warli culture is centred around the concept of Mother Nature and elements of nature. They greatly respect nature and wildlife for the resources that they provide for life.

These rudimentary wall paintings use a set of basic geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and a square. These shapes are symbolic of different elements of nature. Warli paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying life style of village people's farming, festivals, Marriage, dances, trees and animals.

Material used for Warli art

Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases. The simple pictorial language of Warli painting is matched by a rudimentary technique. The ritual paintings are usually created on the inside walls of village huts. The walls are made of a mixture of branches, earth and red brick that make a red ochre background for the paintings. The Warli only paint with a white pigment made from a mixture of clay paste and water, with gum as a binder. A bamboo stick is chewed at the end to give it the texture of a paintbrush.

CRAFT

 

A craft is a skill in doing or making something or activity such as weaving, carving or pottery that involves making  things skillfully by hand, often in a traditional way.​​

 

Papers, scissors are favorite things from my childhood. In my summer holidays I used to make many flowers, animals, etc.. with papers. My mom used get tired cleaning the mess I used to create.

Now I  enjoy this favorite passion along with my boys. They help me when I work on big projects. I love to make Garlands, home decorations, door decorations specially  for festivals, birthday parties and special occasions.

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