The Thursday Post 14.2.13

When it comes to indigenous art and craft India possesses an enviable treasure of colour and beauty.

Sadly these artists are poor and mostly are single players, they spend long times in creating their things by hand and then just sell them away for dimes due to lack of proper market.

Once in a while one village or an art gets a patron that helps them to touch the glory they deserve but mostly they live their lives in penury even though they have fingers of gold or Saraswati (Minerva) in their body.

Before independence these people had kings and emperors as patrons that scenario changed post independence, let’s hope that rich businessmen or companies interested in Indian culture will replace the kings after all its not a loss, if given the right light and encouragement this venture will spill gold.

Those curious to know about some amazing Indian indigenous crafts can check out Kantha stitch, Madhubani painting, Chho dance, Boul songs etc.

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4 thoughts on “The Thursday Post 14.2.13

  1. Hi Sharmistha,

    Sad isn’t it, this aspect of these poor artisans getting exploited in this manner. I particularly have always been fascinated by the Kantha stitch in Bengal.

    What do you think could be done to support them in a fair manner.

    Shakti

    • i believe if those who run shops and boutiques directly buy for them and give them orders, (in today’s hitech world that may not be impossible if the local administration helps these artists into becoming enough computer, internet savvy and avail internet at a reasonable rate or free of cost) that may save from being so grossly exploited, and if some big textile companies start some venture utilizing these amazing skills then that can be even better.

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