Handmade Rogan Colours - Set of 3

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NATURAL ROGAN ART COLOURS

This set includes 3 colours used in Rogan art that are handmade by the artist Rizwan Khatri.

The colours included in this set are Blue, Red & Yellow. Please note that the artist will make the colours once the order is placed and it will take us 2 weeks to deliver the colours to you within India from the time the order is placed. 

How are the colours made: 

  • The colours are prepared using castor oil. For this the artist needs to travel to the forest, as burning castor oil produces foul odor. This results in a gelatinous substance used to make the painting called rogan.
  • The colours are obtained from varied sources for example, red is obtained from red lead oxide, orpiment for yellow, powdered mica for silver, white lead for whie, orpiment and indigo are mixed for green, silver and gold leaf for metallic effect, indigo for blue, black from charcoal, brown from the stones from nearby river.

How are the colours used: A lump of paint is mixed on the palm with the rod till it is stretched to a thread like structure. It is then be used by manipulating the cloth from below. Please signup for our Rogan art workshop by artist Rizwan Khatri for a detailed understanding of how creating Rogan paintings. If there is no upcoming live rogan art workshop, you can also buy the recording of a previous workshop. 

How can you clean your hands after using the colour:  The paints are all organic, you can clean your hands using any oil (coconut/ olive) and rubbing it off with a rough cloth.

 

 DETAILS

  • The colours included in this set are  Blue, Red & Yellow - 30 gms each
  • Delivery time : 2 weeks domestically from date of order and 3 weeks for international orders
  • The colours generally last for about 15 days so please use them within 10 days of receiving them, and do not open them until you are ready to use them as they can dry up easily

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:  Rizwan Khatri is a 7th generation Rogan artist. His father Sidik Khatri, a well known Master artist from village Nirona in Kutch lost everything after the 2001 earthquake and had to forcibly give up rogan art in order to support his family . Rizwan was a young student then but had the vision and love for his family's heritage to take up rogan art again. His father, first skeptical, saw his perseverance and supported him and his brother then took up the art too and together they have been innovating and taking this art forward in new ways. His work has now also been showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week and a painting by him has also been presented by PM Modi to the British High Commissioner. Rizwan has now also taken the initiative to teach this art to 15 women in his village - again a testament to his progressive thinking as women were earlier barred from learning this art. 


ABOUT ROGAN ART: This craft is a form of surface embellishment and practiced for over hundred years, but now by only a single family in Nirona, Kachchh. A special paste made of castor is used in this craft. Castor seeds are hand-pounded to extract the oil and turned into a paste by boiling, Colored powder diluted in water is then mixed with this. The pastes of different colors yellow, red, blue, green, black and orange are stored in earthen-pots with water to prevent them from drying up. The kalam, an iron rod, flat at both ends, is used to paint half the design with the support of the fingers of the left hand. It is then impressed on the other half of the cloth by pressing the two halves together. As they were inexpensive substitutes for embroidered textiles, they were popular alternative textiles for clothing. Today, cushion covers, bed spreads, skirts, kurtas, curtains, tablecloths and wall hangings are painted using this technique. Generally, geometrical motifs are preferred; motifs from nature such as tree-of-life are very popular for wall hangings.