Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Feature-'Art and Crafts of India: Dokra Art'

India is a country with rich art & craft heritage. I personally love the various art & crafts and try to incorporate them in my home.

I have started a new feature, where I'll be highlighting an India art or craft.

My first post is 'Dokra Art'
It's an ancient art of casting metal using the lost-wax method. The tribals from India make amazing idols & figures of Gods & Godesses, Animals, Birds and also their daily lives.

Above is a Dokra idol of 'Goddess Kali' in my home.

'The Owl' occasionally sits on my crockery sideboard.

Animal figures in my daughter's bathroom.

16 comments:

Fenny Setiawan said...

I just want to drop a short comment that I love everything about your blog and your picture collection in flickr.

I just started my own blog too, and I still need to improve more to have an interesting and inspiring blog to read like yours...

You are such an inspirations....:)

kellyloveswhales said...

Love the owl. Love your blog, too!

Pacchai Milagai said...

Hi arch, love arts and crafts.. looking forward to reading more ..love the owl.. dont own any dokra art as yet.. but definitely make it a point to get something on my next trip.

Anonymous said...

Wow what a wonderful blog. Just came here from decor8.. such a beautiful and inspiring blog.

Vinita

Vinita said...

Saw your flicker set of photos too. You have Ikea catalog in your pictures. Where did you get that?? Do we have IKEA in India??

Vinita

Arch said...

fenny setiawan-Thanks a lot for your lovely comments:-)

kellyloveswhales,Pacchai-Thanks :-)

Vinita-Thanks a lot.
The Ikea catalogue was picked up by my husband during his last visit to the U.S. but now a days I just view it online ;-)
I am hoping Ikea comes to India soon:-)

katiedid said...

The little animal figures are wonderful! I am so glad I found your blog!

vineeta said...

i own some dokra jewellery. neckpieces specifically. India is so full of amazing artistic traditions :)

Vinita said...

Thanks arch.. Your blog is so beautiful that i cant have enough of it.. I must have looked at it so many times since yesterday. Every corner of your house is inspiring. The colors on the wall, the art pieces, the plants, the little knick knacks.. wow...everything is just perfect. When I was in India I bought Inside Outside regularly. How I miss that magazine. Any other new magazines on interior design ??
Vinita
Looks like there is one more vinita here but with double ee

Britt-Arnhild said...

With my increasing interest of India and anything Indian I look forward to follow this featured column.

ashi said...

Hi Archna,I just happened to reach you via a blog ( An Indian summer ) by my niece where she mentioned Decor8 as one of her favorite.First of all let me congratulate you for the apt name RANG for your blog.In interiors this word has tremendous impact on everything and your blog justifies that.The sketches made by your daughter Mallika are beautiful & lovable.I can relate with those drawings affectiontaly as a 5yr old is my best friend,my grand daughter Bela who resides in U.S.

Arch said...

katiedid- Thanks ..Glad you liked them.

Vineeta- Yep..the Dokra jewellery is fantastic.

Ashi-Thanks for the nice words. I appreciate it.
Glad you liked my daughter's drawings...will definitely tell her:-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Loved your place and the artifacts. Where did you pick up the madhubani magazine rack and napkin holders?

Deepa Raman said...

very indian :)..lovely pics

anju said...

Your new feature- 'Art and Crafts of India' is awesome.....

Vandana said...

just beautiful!love the dokra owl!your blog has such interesting things.....