Mar 25 2012
Dec 10 2011
This detail shows part of an amazing temple painting of Parvati with her companions from Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh. They demonstrate the “cosmopolitan culture of the Vijayanagar empire.” Most of the women wear wonderful sarees wrapped in intricate ways. The colour choices and natural pigments represented are so harmonious, and beautifully accent the curved elements and decorated borders. These designs could be reproduced on sarees today and still look cool, delicate and fashionable. No cholis were needed 450 years ago, but I suppose we’d better have some now.
Nov 4 2011
“Framed Traditions” are pieces of handmade art created from sarees. According to the website, each “Framed Tradition” is created by extracting the non-damaged parts of old sarees and mixing and matching the borders with the bodies to form various patterns and collages.
This specific piece is 3 Dimensional created by blending in other elements like jewelery or silver objects with the pleated sarees in shadow box frames. The sarees are either cotton or silk and usually have heavily embroidered borders. The art pieces are all sold with frames and 10% of each sale is donated towards funding children’s education in India.