TRADITIONAL INDIAN ART FORMS
There is a rich history of fine art and craft in India, and many of these stunning art forms continue to be practiced today, with their techniques having been passed down within families from one generation to the next. Hundreds of such craft traditions exist, but some of the most prominent forms of traditional Indian art — which is sometimes referred to as folk art or tribal Indian art — are Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Madhubani (Mithila) from Bihar, Gond from Madhya Pradesh, Pattachitra from Orissa and Phad from Rajasthan. These art forms are internationally celebrated for their intricate linework and uniquely Indian imagery, as well as their use of all-natural dyes and locally available materials. Unfortunately, as the world modernizes and it becomes increasingly difficult for tribal artisans to make a living from their craft alone, many ancient forms of Indian art are at risk of disappearing altogether. Not only do traditional artworks offer a special way for collectors to celebrate their heritage and bring their culture into the home, but this support will be crucial for the survival of these cherished customs. To learn more, read about the fascinating history of Kalamkari and Madhubani (Mithila) painting on our blog.