Tag Archive ~ Orissa

Webs of Silver Strands

Lace crafted in precious metals, a mesh of shining diaphanous threads of silver and gold, an exquisite craft that is age old, yet contemporary. Filigree, an ancient art of crafting jewellery with fine metal wires, is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia and Egypt and spread to Asia around the 2500 BC. Indian and Greek [...]

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Sewing Montages

A few kilometres from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa, is a village where all houses and shops along the roads have one thing in common: beautiful appliqué work, in the making or on display, all giving out a loud burst of colour. This famous appliqué work comes from Pipli village, which was established by the [...]

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Etched in Time

Drawn symbols are probably the oldest way of preservation of information and wisdom, starting with depiction of life scenes in Stone Age caves, to trading seals with undecipherable scripts and to volumes of written text in the form of books. Somewhere in the evolution of writing from stone to paper, came inscriptions on palm leaves. [...]

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When The Gods Rest…

Misty daybreak and the first calls of the rooster in a scenic village have the men going to the river for ablutions, preparing themselves for a day filled with enchanting images of colourful deities, materialising from fine brushes and bright stone paints. Raghurajpur, a small village on the banks of the river Bhargabi near Puri, [...]

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