May 20, 2020

How You Can Support Artisan Small Businesses During This Time

In the wake of the ongoing lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic, many industries such as hospitality, transportation, apparel, food and beverages, manufacturing and construction, etc. have been hit severely.

One industry that is also suffering a severe setback is the art and craft industry.

A vast section of the rural population is employed in this industry and many artisans follow these traditions for hundreds of years. They are almost completely dependent on their craft to feed themselves and their families.

Despite their significance, artisans in India are often not remunerated fairly and they have been facing a financial crisis for a long time. The lockdown only worsened the situation for them.


It is, therefore, necessary that in this time of crisis, we join hands together and lift them up.

  1. Financial aids and donations

While the government does its job of providing financial aid and packages to the affected sectors, we can do our part by donating to NGOs that work for the welfare of local artisans.

  1. Choose local products over imported goods

India is quite equipped and capable of manufacturing good quality products and merchandise. Indian art is also rich and vibrant. Unfortunately, there exists a fad for imported goods and artefacts.

It is time that we honor our Prime Minister’s appeal of #vocalforlocal. Let us choose to empower and lift our artisans instead of opting for relying on imports.

  1. Promote them and their work

An old saying goes, “if you want to feed a man for a day, give him food. If you want to feed him for life, teach him to fish.”

In this digital era, everything is available at a click. Internet and eCommerce is a very vital source of income even for artisans. Local artisans hailing from rural backgrounds, however, do not have access and knowledge to sell online.


We as fellow citizens with access to the internet and social media can help them by promoting their works. Giving them a shoutout, shooting a documentary, writing a blog, etc. are ways one can contribute.

There are also websites that actively engage in hosting artefacts and handicrafts designed and crafted by local, traditional artisans.

We at Artisanscrest take pride in being one of them where we bring together exquisite pieces of handmade paintings, sculptures, woodworks, textiles, jewellery, and more.

You can also support the artisans’ work by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  1. Engage them in teaching

It is a sad reality that due to unfair and inadequate remuneration, more and more heirs of traditional artisanal families are opting for jobs outside the arts and crafts industry. If this curve continues, there will soon be a time when Indian art becomes history.

Schools and other institutes can organise paid programs where artisans engage in teaching students the traditional process of making different forms of art.

This will ensure more income for artisans while also keeps the art alive in young generations.

It is our duty and responsibility that we uplift our economy in an effective and all-inclusive manner. Let us become #atmanirbhar and support/empower Indian manufacturers, companies, entrepreneurs, and artisans.

March 13, 2020

The Wrath Of Mahishasura Mardini

Devi Durga, also identified by the name Adi Parashakti is the warrior goddess of heaven whose stories revolve around wars fought over evil to restore peace and justice.

The famous of all and the reason for her incarnation is the story of Mahishasura. He was a mighty demon who could take the form of any animal but most often appeared as a buffalo. Indian mythology narrates that Mahishasura performed penance for Lord Brahma to appear and grant him the boon of being invincible. He demanded that no man or animal can harm him. he believed that a woman cannot fight him.

As is customary, Lord Brahma granted him the boon. With the confidence of his new-found "immortality",  he soon began to conquer the universe and caused chaos in the Trilok (the hell, the heaven, and the earth). Unable to defeat him, the gods decided to approach Lord Vishnu for a solution and thus, to defeat him was created the incarnation of Mahadevi. 

She was bestowed with Lord Shiva’s trident, Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra, Lord Brahma’s Kamandalam, Lord Indra’s Vajrayudham,  Varuna’s Conch, Agni’s Missiles, Vayu’s bow and arrows and Lord Vishwakarma’s axe while the Himalayas gave her a lion to ride on.

Armed with divine weapons, Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura in a fierce battle that lasted for over ten days and hence the title Mahishasura Mardini meaning "the slayer of Mahishasura".  It is in this form of her defeating the demon, armed with weapons and seated on a lion that she is often portrayed and sculptured.

The story of Lord Durga defeating the buffalo demon is an often narrated tale in Shaktism- a cult in Hinduism where Shakti (the feminine power) is worshipped. It is also mentioned in their sacred scripture called the Devi Mahatmya. 

A historic city in the southern state of Karnataka called Mysore gets its name from the goddess. People of the place recall the killing of Mahisharura by Devi Durga during Navratri and Mysore Dasara where grand festivities are organized in great pomp to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. 

Our traditional artists with their fine craftsmanship manage to capture this divine moment on a piece of cloth. This style of art originates in Odisha and is called Pattachitra- literally meaning "art on cloth". Stark features of this art form include the usage of bright pigments that are often made using natural elements and an intricately designed border on each painting. 

This painting can be customized according to your needs. Find the link for this painting here: https://www.artisanscrest.in/products/painting-pattachitra-durga-09

February 29, 2020

Goddess Saraswati- Making Process of the Sculpture

At Artisanscrest we always strive to keep alive the beauty and grandeur of traditional Indian art. For this, we work with local artisans who are each skilled in their own style ranging from Pattachitra Paintings and Kerala Murals to Dhokra Brass Works and exquisite sculptures.

It is also our attempt that we cater to all the needs of our customers so they receive a piece of art that is customized to suit their requirements and one that will stay a prized possession to them for a very long time.

In our journey, it always motivates us when we receive a kind appreciation from our customers.

Annapurna Dixit, a patron and art connoisseur, recently purchased a sculpture of Goddess Saraswati made out of black stone from us.

She said, “It is looking beautiful as it is- just what I imagined Goddess Saraswati would look like”.

Everything we create is with love and passion. Hearing such words of praise from art aficionados makes us twice as determined to continue the good work.

Our deepest thanks to the lady.

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February 25, 2020

The Eternal Banyan Tree

The Vata-Vriksha or the Banyan tree has for centuries now been regarded as the most eternal form of existence. There is one particular tree called the Akshaya Vata on which many scriptures, tales and mythologies are based. View full article →
February 24, 2020

Tresses And Beauty

Long, cascading tresses have always been a hallmark of beauty in a woman. Beautiful hair always catches attention for its allure is such that it is capable of capturing any soul. View full article →
January 16, 2020

Shades of India- How the country celebrates the Harvest Festival

India is predominantly a land of agriculture and festivals. It is hence no surprise that the season of harvest is celebrated with much grandeur, with great joy across the country. The only aspect that varies is how each state welcomes the season in their own unique manner.

Tamil Nadu- Pongal

Pongal is a four-day long festival celebrated in the Southern state of India- Tamil Nadu. The word ‘Pongal’ literally means ‘to boil’. It is named so because on the second day of Pongal- Thai Pongal, people prepare a sweet dish by boiling rice and milk together (Kheer) which is offered to the Sun god.

The festival commences by honouring Lord Indra on the first day. People collect old household items and burn them in a bonfire made of cow dung cakes.

On the third day called the Mattu Pongal, people worship cattle as they play an eminent role in growing crops. Legend has it that once upon a time, Lord Shiva sent his servant Nandi on earth to inform people that they should bath daily and eat once a month. Nandi however, mis-informed people that they should eat daily and bath once a month. An angry Lord Shiva then sent Nandi on earth to help farmers grow more crops.

On the last day of Pongal-Kannum Pongal, people enjoy a mini picnic in their courtyard with left over kheer, betel leaves, etc.

Andhra Pradesh- Sankranthi

Andhra Pradesh celebrates the harvest festival for three days.

Much like Tamil Nadu, the people here honour Lord Indra on the first day by burning old, worn-out items in the Bhogi fire. This tradition symbolises new beginnings.

The second day, called the Makara Sankranti, is the main day of this three-day long festival when people prepare Kheer using freshly harvested crops.

On the third day, people honour and worship cattle for aiding them in agricultural activities.

During this time of the year, one can spot colourful kites in the sky as flying kites on this festival is a tradition widely followed in the country.

Punjab- Lohri

‘Punjab’ immediately strikes an image of lush green agricultural fields and a joyous, vibrant culture. Their harvest festival is also as colourful as their heritage.

10-15 days prior to the main festival, children of the town go around their neighbourhood singing folk songs and asking for wood logs. It is considered inauspicious to send them back empty handed. Hence, people offer sesame seeds, peanuts, jaggery, etc. These collections made by the children are called “Lohri”. This is then distributed during the celebrations at night.

The people here also light up a bonfire to which they add til (sesame seeds) and gud (jaggery) symbolising the end of old days and new beginnings. They dance around the fire as a tribute to the holy god of fire.

Many other states celebrate this season of harvest in a similar fashion.

Assamese call it Magh Bihu while people of Himachal Pradesh call it Magha Saaji and in Uttar Pradesh it is known as Kicheri.

In Maharashtra, a simple dish is prepared by mixing sesame seeds and jaggery and they distribute this sweet among their friends and family asking them to maintain cordial relations.

Despite differences in languages, cultures and traditions, India is united by its innate nature of being an agricultural country and hence, this festival is dear to one and all.

This festive season, we hope happiness and success find their way to you and your dear ones.

Team Artisanscrest wishes you a very Happy harvest festival.

December 28, 2019

Some Art for Every Corner of Your House

Homes are a paradise on earth. There is nothing that provides comfort and warmth like your house does. We have discussed things that new home buyers should keep in mind and have also posted a blog on how to decorate your interiors based on Vaastu Shastra to fill your space with positivity.

Let us now help you pep up every room in your house. After all, special spaces deserve a personal touch.

  1. Living Room

It is true that the first impression ought to be the best impression. It is your living room or your drawing room that your guests notice first in your house, and it ought to stand out.

Make this space all about your creativity. Display some of your very best artefacts- your prized possessions. Don’t forget to hang a painting or two above your sofa.

However, make sure you do not overdo it. Simplicity is the key!

Balance all the elements using the right colour combinations. For example, if you want to display bright, colourful paintings ensure that your sofa set is of a soft, nude colour. This way you can avoid causing visual chaos.

 

  1. Bedrooms:

Your bedroom is your personal space and it should be as peaceful and soothing as possible. Hanging a painting here is the best bet. Make sure the art piece is not too loud or something that portrays wilderness and violence. Let it be a depiction of flowers or natural landscapes.

You can always place a sculpture or two in your bedroom. However, ensure that they are small sized artefacts- something that can be displayed on a side table or a bookshelf.

  1. Kitchen:

Yes! You heard us right. If we are including every room in your house, why leave the kitchen alone? Paintings in the kitchen are a cliché. However, displaying your favourite crockery set is not.

Bring out those bright bowls and wine glasses and showcase them in a way you think is best.

Placing small plants and pots such as those of flowers and herbs is also a very pleasing décor element.

  1. Garden:

This is the place to display those big, intricate sculptures.

Purchase some beautiful sculptures such as those of a maiden, huge flower vases or mini waterfalls to place in your garden.

Try placing a set of tables and chairs somewhere in the garden where you can experience a great view. Imagine sipping some piping hot tea and nibbling on cookies, enjoying a cool, winter evening out in the open.

Find some exquisite and indigenous artifacts on our website.

You can customize and get them designed to suit your needs. Feel free to write to us at contact@artisanscrest.com

 

Artisanscrest brings the glory of Indian art to the global stage. For more updates and to see our products, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also reach out to us on 918217781109 for queries.

December 19, 2019

A Guide to Interior Décor based on the Vaastu Shastra

There exists a huge misconception that Vaastu Shastra is nothing but an archaic superstition. However, this isn’t entirely true. Scientifically speaking, Vaastu Shastra takes into account the direction of wind, sunlight, rainfall, etc. to develop a placement order that will bring in positive energies. It simply aligns and balances the elements of nature with the lifestyle of man to create harmony between both.

Increasing modernisation is enabling people to step out of the conventional arena and opt for interesting ideas to decorate their homes and spaces. An entire field of work called Interior Designing caters to this very need.

However, a well-planned and decorated house can still feel chaotic, disconnected and uncomfortable. One reason for this could be that the décor is not done complying to the rules of Vaastu Shastra. Let’s look at how and why Vaastu is important in interior decoration.

For instance, Vastu Shastra states that one must opt for soft colours such as cream, baby pink and white for the walls. It asks to avoid dark colours such as red and black. The reason for this is that such deep colours can create a sense of darkness and negativity as opposed to the calm and soothing environment that should be maintained in a house. Similarly, the furniture of the house is suggested to be made of wood or some natural material so that one can always stay close to nature.

Here are a few guidelines you can follow to incorporate Vaastu Shastra into your interior décor:

  1. Curtains:

Curtains are not only useful in maintaining your privacy and to separate one area from another; they can instantly spice up your space.

Try and use plain and light-coloured curtains in bedrooms and more textured and bright ones in your living room.

Using loud, elaborate curtains in bedrooms can create a sense of chaos as bedrooms are closed spaces.

  1. Paintings and Artefacts:

Avoid purchasing paintings that depict violence or disturbance such as those of wars, scenes of hunting or of wild animals.

Instead, opt for more calming ones like portraits of Lord Buddha, scenes from mythology or even of beautiful landscapes.

  1. Mirrors:

Mirrors are considered very powerful as they can absorb and reflect energies. Avoid placing your beds in a way that you will have to face a mirror while sleeping. Also, placing mirrors in your living room is not a very good idea as energies of all those who walk in or visit you can be absorbed. 

  1. Furniture:

Place your beds in a way that your head is towards the south or east. Never purchase beds or sofas with a metal base.

Your study table should be placed where there is abundance of sunlight.

Avoid placing your computer table in your bedroom. Electronic devices can have high radiation that will affect the energy of the room.

Following the aforementioned guidelines can bring in good luck, happiness and prosperity and will also ward off negative and evil energies. For more effective guidance, contact a proper Vaastu specialist and consult your interior designer so you and your space are always well-protected and happy!

November 29, 2019

An Art Collection For New Homeowners

Some things in life are a big leap, like moving from a rented apartment to a new house of your own and on occasions like these, one will want to do everything in their capacity to make their new space look welcoming and attractive.

Now that you are the owner of the house, you can hammer holes wherever you want, you can hang up paintings and more, you can move/place furniture as it suits you and you can also paint as you like.

As exciting as that is, it can also be a very daunting affair- the part where you wonder “what do I do with all this space?”

Why not bring in the rich legacy of Indian Art to add character to your space?

Of late, Indian Art is coming back to its former glory. All the vibrant hues, stark motifs and exquisite figurines are loved by art connoisseurs across the globe.

Indian Art celebrates the cultural diversity between all its states and religions in much grandeur. Each region has its own style of art to bring to the table and they are all unique yet beautiful in their own way.

We have brought together here some great ideas for you to decorate your new home the Indian way.

  1. Wooden, Stone and Metal Artifacts:

Indian art is all about making use of naturally occurring substances as raw material. Hence, artifacts made of wood, stones such as sandstone, pink stone, etc. and metals instantly bring in a traditional feel.

 

  1. Figurines of deities and animals:

Any traditional interior décor is incomplete with a picture of Lord Ganesha or an idol of Lord Buddha. Similarly, it is in the roots of India to worship and give equal importance to animals and birds as well. If you notice, you can almost always find a sculpture of an elephant or a painting of peacocks in every Indian household.

 

  1. Wall hangings:

While displaying a painting here and a picture there, traditional art offers some exquisite styles such as the Pattachitra paintings, Tanjore paintings, Mandala art, Kerala Murals, etc. They all make use of natural, vibrant colours and will instantly make your space very bright and happening.

 

  1. Bright handicrafts:

Apart from artifacts such as sculptures and paintings, everyday handicraft product such as bed sheets, cushion covers, and door hangings also can be customized to the Indian style. Select vibrant colours with tribal prints or even make a project out of block printing them yourself!

While Indian décor can look very appealing, warm and welcoming, make sure you do not overdo it because all the bright colours and vivid prints crammed together can give off a very chaotic vibe.

While you throw in some beautiful artefacts, always balance them with plain or nude colours as and when possible.

For instance, while the cushion covers may be loud, mute them down with a sofa in nude colours such as grey, cream, etc.

Similarly, do not place two or more paintings together for they are all very detailed pieces of work and can be very overwhelming to look at when placed one beside another.

Congratulations, new home buyer!

You can find some of the artifacts featured above and more in our latest collection “New Homeowners”.

Happy decoration to you!

November 23, 2019

The Origin Of Sin

Folklore has it that long, long ago, God created his first humans and named them Adam and Eve. He built a paradise on earth called the Garden of Eden (which is believed to be in modern-day Iran) for them to inhabit and provided them with an abundance of resources.

They were however not permitted to eat the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.

As fate would have its, Eve was one day lured by a serpent (desire) into eating the fruit and giving some to Adam.

God, furious at being disobeyed and fearing that the now polluted Adam and Eve eat the fruit of “the tree of life” and live forever, banishes them from the Garden of Eden and curses them to live a life without God and thus, began the sufferings of mankind. 

Fast forward many centuries, there lived a woman named Mary in a town called Nazareth which was a part of the then-Roman Empire. She was engaged to a humble man named Joseph. One fine night, an angel appears before Mary and informs her that she has been chosen by God to give birth to God’s own son. Joseph was informed the same in a dream and was asked to name the boy Jesus, meaning “saviour”.

As the Lord’s birth neared, a new law was passed in the Roman Empire which required Joseph and Mary to visit Bethlehem to get some formalities done.

It was 25th of December when they reached. Joseph could not find any place so they decided to spend the night in a cattle shed. That night, Mary gave birth to a divine baby boy who would grow up to be the saviour of mankind.

Naturally, he gained popularity and was immensely worshiped. He used to often spend time with his disciples and preach.

On one such occasion, as the Lord was having his supper along with twelve disciples, he declares that one of them shall betray him and that he shall die.

That night, as Jesus predicted, a disciple named Judas informs the state authorities of the whereabouts of Jesus. The king wanted to have him executed as his growing popularity was becoming a threat to their power.

After a trail, Jesus was crucified by nailing him to a cross.

Three days after his death, Jesus was resurrected, thus symbolising that he bore the torture and punishment for the sins committed by man and by coming back to life, all sins have been washed off and that mankind has been purified and blessed once again.

Christian Art:

It wasn’t until 300 CE that Christians could worship publicly or portray any imagery of their God. As fate would have it, Roman empire started coming down due to barbaric invasions.

Christianity came into light once again. Art had immense importance at that time and was used as a medium to celebrate the religion.

Architects, sculptors and painters were entrusted with the responsibility to develop a new art form which was later named the Early Byzantine Art.

Relief structures and exquisite paintings depicting verses and instances from the Bible and the life of Jesus were often depicted in churches, chapels, etc.

The Renaissance period of art saw the most notable art pieces depicting the stories of Christianity such as the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, etc.

 

This Christmas bring home beautiful depictions of Lord Jesus and remember to walk on his path of non-violence and kindness.

Check out our collection “Christ-The Saviour”. You can also place a request for custom made art. Contact us today!

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