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Chikankari – Embroidery of the Royalty

Chikankari – Embroidery of the Royalty

Once practiced in numerous principalities of India, today Chikankari is an integral part of the culture of Lucknow. The term chikankari is derived from the Persian word chikan, which means... Read More
KATHAA 2021 - Stories from India on Hong Kong Walls, second edition

KATHAA 2021 - Stories from India on Hong Kong Walls, second edition

We couldn't be more excited to announce the second edition of Kathaa, a community driven arts festival, celebrating Indian folk arts, featuring artworks from 4 Indian folk artists being live painted by 4 Hong Kong artists across exterior murals at 4 different locations in Hong Kong. 
Manuscript Paintings of Assam- A narrative affair with the Sacred

Manuscript Paintings of Assam- A narrative affair with the Sacred

Evolving from the 16th Century, the Manuscript Paintings of Assam have a long history. These Manuscripts are polychrome paintings which are done on materials like ‘Sanchipat’, which is the bark of the Agar Tree or ‘Tulapat’ which is a wooden plate made of handmade paper pulp. Along with the paintings, the manuscripts contain written descriptions as well- depicting various narratives. The craftsmen who work on these paintings are called ‘Khanikars’ and  the scribes are known as ‘Lekhaks’. The dyes and ink used in the process are taken from natural sources like Indigo,Haital (Arsenic Sulphide) and Hengul (Mercury Sulphide). The ink taken from materials like Silikha (Yellow Myrobalan) and bull’s urine is known to be very durable and strong- as even after all these years the manuscripts are found to be readable with a good clarity.

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