We have found that in promoting the rural arts and crafts workshops play a crucial role. A workshop creates a unique opportunity for these art forms to find recognition beyond showcasing artefacts. The workshop creates a space to have hands on experience of the making of these artforms.
We conduct these workshops in major cities like Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and more. These workshops not only help the urban crowd to get reintroduced to the rich heritage but give the artisans exposure and perspective of the urban market. We also tie up with design institutions and schools where we strive to inspire the next generation to carry forth these artforms and regain the pride of the Indian craft heritage. We conduct a display and sale at these workshops to create optimum opportunity for the artisans to earn revenue.
We bring local master artisans of the art forms that we are conducting the workshop of. We arrange for the travel, stay and boarding of the artisans into these prime cities where the sessions take place. Till now we have done approximately 200 workshop sessions on following art and crafts.
We conduct workshops on the following:
Gond art is a traditional tribal art form practiced by the Gond community in central India. Known for its intricate and vibrant patterns, Gond art depicts elements of nature, folklore, and daily life using bold lines and vibrant colors. It often depicts animals, birds, and mythical creatures, reflecting the close connection between the Gond people and their natural surroundings.
Madhubani paintings, also known as Mithila art, are colorful and intricate art forms originating from Bihar, India. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and unique storytelling. Madhubani paintings depict mythological themes, nature, and everyday life, and they often adorn the walls of homes during festivals and special occasions.
Bengal Pattachitra is a traditional art form from West Bengal, India. It is known for its intricate details, vibrant colors, and storytelling nature and often depicts mythological stories, religious scenes, and traditional folklore.
Odisha Palm Pattachitra
Odisha Palm Pattachitra is a unique art form from Odisha, which uses palm leaves as canvases. The paintings have intricate designs, mythological narratives, and cultural motifs, preserving the rich heritage of the region.
Phad paintings are a traditional art form from Rajasthan, India. They depict mythological stories and folklore on long pieces of cloth, using bold colors and narrative compositions. Phad paintings are known for their vibrant visuals and their connection to oral storytelling traditions.
Warli art is a traditional tribal art form from Maharashtra, India. It consists of simple, geometric patterns and figures painted with white pigment on a red ochre background that depict scenes from daily life, nature, and rituals, reflecting the close bond between the Warli tribe and their surroundings.
Khavda pottery is a traditional craft from the village of Khavda in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is known for its distinctive terracotta pottery created by skilled artisans using locally sourced clay. The pottery is characterized by intricate hand-painted designs in vibrant colors, often depicting animals, nature, and traditional motifs. Khavda pottery is valued for its craftsmanship and serves both functional and decorative purposes, including pots, vases, and decorative items that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region.
Traditionally known as Longpi Ham. Longpi Pottery finds its origin from the Thangkul Naga tribes of the Ukhrul district of Manipur, India. A major ingredient of this black ware pottery is hard serpentine rock which is mixed with a few other ingredients including clay to mould into pots, traditionally used for cooking. All the pottery is moulded by hand, no potters wheels is used. This pottery can be used directly on fire and is micro-wave safe.
Chhau Mask Making
Chhau mask making is an ancient traditional craft originating from the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha. Skilled artisans create intricate masks used in the Chhau dance, a traditional folk dance form. The masks are crafted using natural materials like clay, paper mache, and bamboo strips. The process involves sculpting, molding, and painting the masks with vibrant colors and elaborate designs, often representing deities, mythological characters, and animals. Chhau masks not only play a significant role in the dance performances but also hold cultural and religious significance in the local communities, preserving the artistic heritage of the region.
Cherial Mask Making
Traditional craft from Telangana, India, where skilled artisans create masks using wood, clay, and cloth. These masks are handcrafted with intricate details, vibrant colors, and expressive features. Cherial masks are used in traditional storytelling performances and festivals, depicting various characters from mythology and folklore. The art of Cherial mask making showcases the cultural richness and artistic talent of the region.