Jaipur Rugs-Business with a heart

Design has been an integral part our lives since the starting. It’s pervasiveness is such that we are unconsciously captivated and intrigued by the articles/objects with the perfect balance of design, colour and texture. It was this balance, which drew Culture Chauraha’s eyes towards Jaipur Rugs at the India Design Fair, 2017. As we walked towards…

Masks

Masks or ‘mask making’ is an involved art form requiring a lot of skill and creativity. In Urdu, the word is ‘naqab’, which means a false face as does the Hindi word ‘mukhauta’. ‘Mask’, in English means to cover or hide from view, conceal, façade, camouflage, veil, etc. When we create a false face to cover…

Enamel Workshop with Prof. Sarah Perkins

I had the opportunity to attend an Enamel  Workshop with Enameller  Prof.  Sarah Perkins ( Jewellery and Metals, Deptt. of Art & Design, Missouri State University, USA) from the 1st to the 5th of March 2016. I work in many media and took up enameling a decade and a half ago. The medium is fascinating,…

Cross stitch Embroidery

Using Cross stitch is the easiest method of embroidery on fabric. The entire design is made of crosses in different colors. To enable embroidery the fabric weave has small holes at equidistance and this makes counting very easy. The weave can be fine or thick and depending on the weave the designs can be simple…

Découpage

Découpage is a craft/art form that is very old. I became aware of decoupage as an art form by reading about it in an encyclopedia. The article aroused my curiosity and on reading that the method is to paste cut-out pictures or dried flowers and leaves on a wooden surface embedded in varnish I decided…

Beekeeping- An Ancient Practice

I walk every day in the little forest/ park near my house.  It is full of trees, shrubs, as well as, beautiful flowers in the winter season.  On entering this area you see many squirrels and birds, not afraid of humans as there are a lot of people walking, running, and doing yoga, who also…

Teachers, our foundation stones

Teachers’ Day is celebrated in India on the fifth of September and we all know that the second President of India Sh Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on this day in 1888.  He was a great philosopher and a teacher and believed that the best minds in the country should be teachers.  Those of us in…

Living Tradition of Lord Jagannath in Puri, India

Nabakalebara- Changing the statues of Jagannath Temple in 2015 The replacement of the Statues of, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Lord Jagannath, and Sudarshan Chakra is a ritual believed to be followed from the time of Mahabharat, after the death of Lord Krishna. This change is effected within a gap of 12 to 19 years after lunar calculations….

Happy Fathers Day

Father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and this year it is on the 21st of June and is coinciding with International Yoga Day. Today we live in the age of instant information and awareness of all that is happening around the world. Within minutes news travels.  We are truly a global…

International Yoga Day

Ever since 21st June has been declared International Yoga day there is a lot of talk about it. Yoga as a healthy way of life is followed all over the world with the USA also haveing goat -yoga! Yoga teaches you to be disciplined.  If you have to exercise every morning you have to sleep…

Importance of Summer Workshops

Summer vacations are a time in our fast-paced lives to relax and enjoy our hobbies. Look around in your neighborhood and pick up some additional skills. When I was in school, art was only looked upon as a hobby but today art, craft, and design is an attractive career option.  Developing your inherent skills to…

Mother’s Day

Growing up in India within the joint family system and the extended family, one has never felt the need to designate one day in a year to make sure you give attention to your mother or father.  I don’t think I will ever wait for Mother’s Day to appreciate my mom.  As kids the moment…