Friday, February 26, 2010

Matsya

I am a big lover of Indian art & crafts and when I came across Matsya, I was completely amazed by the lovely products created by artisans from various parts of India.
Jat Embroidery pouches.

Matsya~ Is a venture started by Neha Gandhi, an artist, potter & a craft lover. Neha studied at Sir. J.J School of Art, Mumbai and then went on to learn studio pottery in Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. Her love for the rich art & crafts of India took her to Maharashtra & Gujarat where she used her creativity to work closely with various artisans.
Matsya is a platform through which Neha wants to create awareness about artisans' life, their culture and age old traditions by featuring the artisans stories about their skills, time and creativity they invest into the craft. Also how our purchasing choices directly impact the livelihoods of thousands artisans and the survival of generations old traditions.
Stunning hand embroidery.
Neha says,"Our goal is to showcase the natural beauty and workmanship in Indian arts and craft by presenting them in contemporary style and form. By doing so, we offer original art that all of us can relate to. They serve as a reminder of our roots, to everything that we have been and therefore are even now."
Hand painted local terracotta pottery.
Here is a collection of some of the many art & crafts at Matsya
Beautiful wooden lacquer craft ladles.
Intricate embroidery by artisans from Kutch.
Leather pouches.
Patchwork Quilts
Block print bags
Jain Keri design on contemporary cushions.
Ceramic Urli.
Hand painted Coffee Mugs
Handcrafted Coffee Mugs & Madhubani coasters.
Jain Art on a pen stand.

In addition to displaying innovative uses and designs of traditional crafts at Matsya, They retail & take corporate orders of an assorted variety of stunning products.

You can get in touch with them at matsya.crafts@gmail.com or become a fan of Matsya Crafts on Facebook to get updates on their various products & events.

(images by Neha Gandhi)

18 comments:

parag said...

wow

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Ooh, I loved that you put a pic of WIP at the hands of artisans ahead of the pic of the finished pdt. Thanks for the info. Will head to the FB ug right away! Lovely post, Archana!

Shalini said...

Very interesting stuff...love the patchwork quilt with the b/w border.

TrÀdgÄrdsmakare Hillevissan said...

Nice post,Handicraft at its best!
Wish you a joyful weekend!

flaming coppercat said...

congrats, neha!
great post, archana!
clap clap.

Prasad said...

Amazing!what a collection!

Prasad

Mamta Mamta said...

very nice :) Congrats Neha

prerna said...

Wow.. Just wow.. Love the creations and the idea behind it!! Amazing. Can't wait to find out where these are showcased.

Iniyaal said...

A nice initiative... It is inspiring to see the many intricate and beautiful crafts. Thanks for the informative post.

robyn said...

love this post Arch.. sending link to a friend!

Ads said...

So vibrant...Could some one share, how can we reach Matsya and make some of the products part of our homes...I loved the ceramic stuff..Its such beautiful..

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks everyone:-)

Ads~ They are based in Mumbai but do look at the bottom of the post the contact details are given there.

Sunita said...

Oooh! I'm all for shopping and helping to improve the livelihood of these talented craftsmen!:) Great post, Archana! I think such ventures deserve all the exposure that they can get.
Ummm... do you think those ladies would part with those lovely neckpieces?

PreeOccupied said...

I love the second picture in this post. The girl in it is so pretty! And that smile just makes you see how happy she is!

Eager Needler said...

Wonderful post. And great initiative by Neha at Matsya.

belindaschneider said...

gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing. only three more weeks until my trip to india. hope to come across such beautiful art.

Multitasker said...

The pictures are truly a stunning tribute to the rich tapestry of craft that is India. Love checking out your website. It is inspirational.

Zara said...

Namaste Archana,
I've just found your wonderful blog and I like it very much! I am always highly inspired by Indian arts and crafts which are really an immensly rich and endless source of inspiration! Thank you for the wondeful post!
Kind regards,
Zara