Tree Of Life
A virtual gallery event and emergency relief fundraiser with 100% of profits going to Indian artisans
Kalighat painting takes its name from the ghats along the river Hooghly, below a great temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. As patuas from rural communities migrated into Kolkata, some earned money by selling small paintings that they could create quickly, giving rise to the graphic style that depicts one or two figures on a blank background. Subjects ranged from Kali herself to “Bibi-Babu” paintings that depicted the lifestyles of Kolkata’s bourgeoisie and their domestic worlds. Chitrakar’s idea to infuse coronavirus into these quotidian scenes is an especially timely stroke of genius as we all live with the current period of forced domesticity.
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TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Depicting everything from the divine to the cheeky, Kalighat painting is a traditional medium that’s ripe for modern insight in the hands of a master artist.
Exquisitely detailed Gujarati kalamkari painting, still rendered by hand in the tradition of eight generations of master craftsmen.
SHAMLU DUDEJA & MALIKA VARMA
Kantha, the famed running-stitch embroidery of Eastern India, is taken to new heights of artistry in the hands of SheKantha’s artisans.
Adiv Pure Nature
Luxurious garments and accessories, created in pursuit of a sustainable fashion supply chain and innovatively using dyed herbs and the floral blessings left at Mumbai temples.
A folk art tradition that carries echoes of the ancient past, Warli rice-paste painting captures the life and traditions of a tribal people.
Master Ajrakh Artist
Sufyian Khatri, world class artisan and textile maker, carves his own woodblocks to create intricate and vibrant patterns for his hand-crafted textiles. Khatri’s natural dye block-printing studio is located outside of Bhuj, in the Kutch.