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Can an Exhibition Bring Traditional Indian Art into Limelight

An exhibition is a great platform to showcase the art of a particular artist or a form. It is nothing but an opportunity to give art a much needed exposure so that more and more people get to know about it. If you turn pages of newspaper or go through the newsfeeds in social media, you will come to know that several galleries in your city hold exhibitions on various topics. But do they really contribute to the development and nurturing of these artists or/and art forms? India is the land of such rich history, culture and art. Lack of exposure is resulting into extinction of many of these art forms. Let us discuss what role can an exhibition play in reviving these traditional Indian art and give them the much required limelight.

Very recently, the Indian association in the city of Tokyo held a very informal art and craft exhibition. Though Worli and Madhubani art forms are quite known ones, but unfortunately due to lack of practice, they are on the verge of extinction. This exhibition which was held very informally without involving dignitaries and celebrities, done by the men and women from a very decent background, successfully evoked interest about these art forms in many. The paintings were appreciated, the cards were sold immediately and artefacts were ordered to be made more. The bottom line is people are willing to appreciate provided they learn about the art. And easiest way to make art forms available to them is through exhibition.

Exhibition of Traditional Indian Arts and Crafts
Exhibition of Traditional Indian Arts and Crafts

Another easy way to make these Indian traditional art make its way to the limelight and reach more and more people is implementing them into the things that is used every day and then hold an exhibition. In India, best way is to put art forms on 5-6 meters long canvas, that is, sarees. And that was what done by Delhi Craft Council. They organized a three day long exhibition in New Delhi for the sarees designed by 21 weavers and craftsmen with expertise on Indian traditional art of dyeing and weaving. These artists came from different parts of the world. To make these sarees and art forms interesting for every generation, innovations were added to the tradition. Different techniques and designs were infused into them which was appealing to the eyes and taste of all age groups. This event was organized to mark the golden jubilee year celebration of the organization.

Such exhibitions serve two fold purpose- firstly they give traditions a contemporary platform to reach out to maximum number of people and secondly, encouraging the weavers and craftsmen by giving away awards to ensure longer life of these art forms. It is another unfortunate thing that many of the weaving arts are dying a slow death due to lack of money and astonishing fact is that these types of weaving are quite common and have demand in the market. Middle men who take these sarees and fabrics from the weavers are charging hefty amounts for their craftsmanship but paying very little to them. Such exhibitions help people know what is the actual price for the sarees like Kanjeevaram, Paithani, Ikkat, Baluchari and Jamdani. End consumers pay a fortune for a saree but the weavers get peanuts. By eliminating the two levels of agents and sellers through these exhibitions, price comes to a point where weavers too get a decent price and buyers get their favourite sarees without making a hole in their pockets.

So yes, an exhibition can not only bring traditional Indian art into limelight, but also encourage the industry and the weavers to continue with their hard work. People get first hand genuine information about the art of weaving, dyeing and craftsmanship. Everything contributes to the longer life of this ancient art form which has been integral part of India.

How Bengal won the prestige issue of Rosogolla from Odisha?

The battle regarding which state could properly lay claim to Rosogolla had been going on for around two and a half years between two neighboring states in eastern India – Bengal and Odisha. In the end, Bengal came out victorious on 14 November 2017 in the battle after getting the GI (Geographical Indication) tag from the union ministry of commerce. Right from the time this legal wrangle started in 2015 the sweet merchants of Bengal as well as the state government had been making concerted efforts to prove that Rosogolla had actually originated in the state. Now, with this recognition rest of the country – with the obvious exception of Odisha – has accepted the fact as well.

Nabin Chandra Das

This recognition has also established Nabin Chandra Das as the official discoverer of this sweet. In fact, this was one reason why the Bengal government had applied for the GI tag in the first place. Previously it had tasted success with similar applications for Darjeeling Tea and Jaynagarer Mowa, yet another sweet unique to Bengal. This time however it was the neighbor Odisha that decided to step in and create a hurdle in its way by laying claim to be its originator. It had stated in its claim that from at least 500 years prior to 1868 when Rosogolla was invented by Das the sweet was offered to the gods, as well as the devotees, at the Jagannath Mandir in Puri.

What did Odisha claim?

In its claim Odisha stated cited folk tales from Purana, which are much known in that part of the world. The sweet was at that time known as Pohala Rasgulla. It stated that in the mythical age the wife of Lord Jagannath – Devi Lakshmi – had become disenchanted for some reason or the other. At that time, Jagannath had treated her to a sweet named Kheermohan in order to make her happy. They claimed that this sweet was the predecessor of Rosogolla.

Controversy of Origin of Rasgulla
Controversy about Origin of Rasgulla

Citing present practice

It also stated that this is specifically the reason why this sweet has been offered right from the time said temple was built during the 12th century. Still now, this sweet is offered to Goddess Lakshmi on the ninth day of the Rathyatra festival. The interesting thing that needs to be noted over here that there is no place for this sweet in the Chappan Bhog – an elaborate course – offered to Lord Jagannath on this day. In spite of that, in 2015 the then Science and Technology Minister of Odisha, Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, called a news conference and announced that a high level government committee had unearthed definitive proof that Rosogolla was there in Odisha even 600 years back.

How did Bengal wrest back the initiative?

Bengal countered these claims with proper documentation and historic evidence. It stated that Rosogolla is chiefly made from an ingredient named Chhana, which is done by souring the milk with the help of lemons. In the Hindu pantheon this is akin to defiling the sacred liquid and as such sweetmeat made from such an ingredient cannot be offered in such rituals. This practice has continued for many years.

Historical logic

It is people like sweet researcher Haripada Bhowmik who have played a major role in this victory of sorts. They pointed out that the practice of making ingredients such as Chhana and cheese came to India first from the Portuguese and then the Dutch and the French. It is thanks to these colonial influences that Bengalis first tasted such products. This is what they stated in order to support that it was the sweet makers of Bengal who started making Rosogolla. Odisha had however countered this by saying that it was the Odiya cooks who worked across homes in erstwhile Bengal who gave rise to this practice. However, in the end they were unable to furnish much proof in this regard and this led to Bengal getting the GI tag for Rosogolla.

Kangana Ranaut’s Indian Traditional Saree Love

Kangana Ranaut is one of the most powerful actresses in the country who has time and again proved her mettle with great roles but she is also a major fashionista in her own right. While being a dynamic actress and performer onscreen, she is also a real stunner who can create a style statement at the drop of a hat. The Queen actress not only rules the box office but also attracts a lot of attention with her sartorial fashion choices. From traditional sarees to classy dresses, Kangana hardly ever steps into a fashion faux pas. Of late, this Rangoon actress has been regularly setting high standards with her choices of traditional Indian sarees. While getting prepped up for her upcoming flick Manikarnika, this 31 year old actress has been sporting the saree while trying out numerous trendy twists. Recently she has been seen in many promotional events and film parties wearing the saree.

From the very beginning, Kangana Ranaut has a strong love for the traditional Indian saree and she has never made any qualms about it. She also has a unique and eccentric sense of personal style which allows her to pull off looks that are quite avant-garde. This really makes Kangana Ranaut a true diva who can look great in any kind of uniquely designed saree. She has recently been spotted wearing some gorgeous sarees designed by popular fashion experts. Kangana Ranaut also attended a beautiful wedding ceremony held in Mumbai where he looked stunning and lovely in an elegant cotton count muslin saree designed by Swati and Sunaina, the famous designer duo. The border and the golden motifs of the saree made the attire look quite elegant yet traditional. She also made a strong statement with her choice for blouse. Kangana Ranaut gave a unique and fresh twist to the saree that she wore by combining it with a stylish cold shoulder blouse that was further beautified with ruffled sleeves.

Kangana Ranaut's Saree Love
Kangana Ranaut’s Saree Love

Kangana Ranaut has always been a lover of sarees that are beautiful and elegant and yet allowed her to be outlandish and make a major fashion statement. It is due to this reason that she always chose her garments with precision and care. While many other celebrities preferred to play safe with their fashion outfits, Kangana was never the one to shy away from experimenting with new looks and ideas. It is due to this reason that she has time and again chose beautiful sarees that have the hint of tradition and yet were different and one of a kind. For instance, in a recent event she chose to wear a chequered saree created by Pero and combined it with a matching elbow-length sleeve blouse. She finished the look with side swept curls and classic gold earrings.

It is her penchant of understanding fashion trends and practices that have made her a true fashion icon in her own right. She has developed a great collection of gorgeous sarees that enable her to create an amazing look each and every time. In another event, the stunning actress was also seen in a floral Pero saree that stands out for its vintage vibes. Subtle and elegant, the saree really spoke volumes without being loud. In another look, Kangana was seen in a nice sheer yoke blouse that was combined with an unusually beautiful Shane Peacock and Falguni saree. Many of the industry insiders are saying that this is by far the most glamorous look that she has ever sported. She also has a strong thing for heavily motif driven sarees that express unique themes and elements of their own.

5 Reasons why your wardrobe needs an ikkat silk saree collection

India is well known for its extensive range of handloom sarees that can make women look gorgeous. For hundreds and thousands of years, the various parts of India have been witness to the growth of different types of saree making trends which are still evolving. One of the types of sarees that women in all parts of India truly love to wear is the ikkat silk saree. The style of making ikkat sarees and garments developed in different parts of the world over the years, including in Central Asia, South East Asia, West Africa and South America. However, in India the artisans worked to create a distinct style of their own when it comes to the ikkat garments. It is due to this reason that these sarees are so much popular among the fashion conscious women in India.

The Odisha ikkat silk sarees and Pochampally ikkat silk sarees are known to be extremely beautiful and they stand apart from various other silk sarees due to their bright and geometric designs. These sarees include motifs from the local culture and include diverse imageries such as parrots, elephants, flowers and dancing girls. The unique feature of these sarees has to do with the elaborate dyeing process that helps to create such beautiful artwork. Although the traditional artisans have always made use of simple techniques to create these sarees, modern production centers make use of mechanical tools to create them. The specialized machines that are used for creating these sarees have not only helped artisans to produce larger quantities of finished goods but also products that are known for their perfection and precision.

Ikkat silk sarees collection at online
Ikkat silk sarees collection at online

Here are five reasons why you should definitely focus on developing a nice ikkat silk saree collection for your personal wardrobe.

  1. The ikkat silk sarees are known for their dynamic colors and geometric patterns that often look strikingly gorgeous. So if you are looking for buying sarees that aptly help you to express your true beauty, then you should definitely have these sarees for all occasions.
  2. Since the ikkat silk sarees derive their coloring from natural sources, the colors are rich, bright and steadfast at all times. Ikkat sarees mostly come in a variety of bright shades such as orange, yellow, red, rust, crimson, pink and dull gold. Although the classic pattern of these sarees is typically dull gold, the introduction of various new motifs has made it possible for artisans to make sarees with designs that consist of many other bright colors.
  3. The ikkat silk sarees are not only perfect for different types of special occasions but for day to day regular wearing as well. So if you are in search for sarees that you can wear on a day to day basis, then you should certainly go for ikkat silk sarees as they can make you look perfect without being too loud.
  4. Another reason why you should consider getting ikkat silk sarees for your wardrobe is that they require low maintenance and you can wash and clean them easily without much effort or hassle. In today’s world where women are required to take care of a lot of tasks at office and at home, they are often pressed for time. Due to this reason, they may not have the requisite opportunity needed to take good care of their sarees properly. However, as the ikkat silk sarees are easy to clean, they do not pose much of a problem.
  5. There are currently a wide range of ikkat silk sarees available in India, which means that you can have plenty of options when you are looking to experiment with your looks.

Why young girls are too much inspired to wear handloom sarees presently?

Traditionally India always had a rich heritage of handloom sarees that are created in different parts of the country. Handloom experts in India mainly work on cotton and silk threads to create clothing items. When they use these threads to create sarees, they imprint different types of designs on them that make the sarees unique in appearance. The sarees that are made in India take on the unique person of the area in which they are developed. So if a particular saree is designed in Odisha, it includes designs and motifs that are a part of the regional culture of Odisha. The local motifs and embellishments that are added to the handloom sarees add to their beauty and make them highly desirable for women all across the country.

For hundreds of years, the saree has been the most commonly worn garment for women in India. Whether a woman is looking for a comfortable piece of clothing that she can wear everyday during the hot summer days or an attire that is just perfect for different types of festivities, women in India preferred to wear handloom sarees over anything else. The saree has played a very important role in the social cultural evolution of India over centuries. It is therefore no doubt that artisans in India make use of special methods and techniques to make each and every saree beautiful and gorgeous. Over the years new trends have grown in terms of designing and creating sarees that preserve the old beauty of the sarees and yet at the same time create designs that make the wearers stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Young Girl's Saree Love
Young Girl’s Saree Love

Over the last few decades or so, it seems like the popularity of classic handloom sarees have waned for the women in India. Many women prefer to wear western clothing nowadays and invest in them instead of a saree with a traditional style and design. In many cases, t-shirts and other western apparels are priced at cheaper rates which make them more readily affordable. Moreover, plenty of women have to work in offices for long hours these days. In such situations, they consider western wear to be more practical in workplaces where they have to move briskly. It is a true fact that sarees do not provide women with such flexibility to move around easily. On the other hand, western outfits make it easier for the women of today to look great without too much embellishments or accessories.

Such facts may make it seem that the popularity of handloom sarees is a thing of the past and that most women who prefer to wear them today are those who are above 40 or 50 years of age. However, this is far from the truth as we can see plenty of young girls nowadays who prefer to wear beautifully designed handloom sarees. In fact, most young girls consider it to be a matter of their pride to have at least a few beautifully designed handloom sarees in their wardrobe. In any wedding or religious event, one can see numerous young girls flaunting their sarees and looking great. The truth is that since today’s young girls do not find too much scope to wear classic handloom sarees in their day to day lives, they truly cherish each and every moment when they get the chance to do so. The widespread demand for handloom sarees for young girls has also been noticed by the leading saree designers of the country that particularly make beautiful sarees for this specific group of consumers. These saree brands design truly beautiful sarees for young girls that they can wear in numerous different ways.

Gorgeous Taapsee Pannu’s fashion statement

Taapsee Pannu is one really talented actress, who has already made headlines with some of the most powerful movies released in the recent times. The star of such movies like Baby, Pink, The Ghazi Attack and Naam Shabana, Taapsee Pannu has already proven her mettle with meaty roles. However, this actress also stands out for her fashion statement that can even put renowned stylists out of their jobs. Her stunning fashion choices have been widely lauded in various social media platforms. In the recent times, this gorgeous actress has been seen in numerous social events wherein her outfits have made a lot of headlines. Using her makeup and accessories in creative ways along with the dresses, she has proven that she is able to make lasting impressions on the minds of the people with her awesome fashion statement.

Here are some of the most notable looks that have been sported by Taapsee Pannu so far.

Taapsee Pannu's Saree Love
Taapsee Pannu’s Saree Love
  • Taapsee is a style diva who has time and again shown that she can look amazing in traditional Indian style clothing. Worn with a beautiful ‘matha patti’, Taapsee sizzles with a stunning scarf and a dress that keeps her shoulders open. Paired with a colorful yet contrasting skirt, the look is perfect for any evening social occasion. It is a well known fact that whatever Taapsee wears, she carries it with panache and this can be seen here as well.
  • Clothing items that follow the color block principle can look classy and evergreen at the same time, and this is yet again proven by Taapsee Pannu. Taapsee is seen in a dress that aptly combines black with fuchsia. While the upper part of the dress makes more use of the black shade to highlight the lines, the lower part of the dress is prominent for its greater fuchsia presence.
  • Dresses with a lot of embroidery work have always been very popular due to their ethereal quality. Taapsee Pannu can be seen in a gorgeous golden embroidery dress that stands out for its intricate work. The look was also sported with a matching hairdo which also helped to further accentuate the unique beauty of this dress.
  • Fancy jumpsuits have always been known to create endearing looks. Here is a piece that can stand out as a wholly separate outfit. Not everyone dares to wear a flared bottom jumpsuits as it can seem somewhat intimidating if not worn or carried out in the correct manner. However, Taapsee really looks cool with a flared keyhole detailed jumpsuit that comes with highly prominent details.
  • It is a well known fact that sunny yellow is a color of optimism and brightness that can make anyone feel elated. Taapsee surely looks cheerful and bubbly in this ensemble piece. The lacy cut dress in mustard yellow shade comes with a nice crop top and a floral skirt that perfectly complements each other.
  • Pastel shades are quite the in-thing nowadays and Taapsee can carry them amazingly. The actress can be seen in a nice lavender shaded saree that is further complemented with a minimalistic blouse. The lace border saree has nice intricate details that help to accentuate her grace and innocence.
  • The pink color has always been regarded as one of the best feminine shades. Taapsee wears a sheath dress along with cut-out details around the waist-line and peplum layers which definitely makes this dress a show stealer.

Taapsee knows how to look great even in a dress that is rather subtle and smooth. The actress sports a nice black and white jacket along with a pink skirt that makes her look simple and elegant at the same time.

Grace your outfit with Bomkai silk sarees

For hundreds and thousands of years, India has developed its own identity when it comes to fashion and clothing. Women in India love to clad themselves in gorgeous sarees that not only helps them to enhance their personal beauty but also feel proud of the cultural heritage that they belong to. The various areas and regions of India have developed their own trends of creating stylish and beautiful sarees that carry the distinct imprint of their specific cultural trends and beliefs. Among the types of sarees that deserve special mention in this relation is the Bomkai saree from Odisha. The saree has been popularized by Kathak dancers in all parts of the world and bears true testament to the ideological beliefs and cultural concepts prevalent in Odisha.

Bomkai sarees, also referred locally as Sonepuri sarees, are woven on pit looms and renowned for being astonishingly beautiful fabrics that combine two very important elements well-liked in Orissa textile industry. Bomkai sarees are made by using a method of adding a further weft on the pit loom. Beautiful Bomkai sarees are made by interweaving Ikat and embroidery into each other. The sarees have borders that are often done in contrasting colors. The pallus also stand out because of their intricate threadwork. Motifs that are used on the Bomkai sarees are mainly inspired from the nature as well as the rich traditions of tribal art found in Odisha. Such elements give these sarees a fascinating and unique look which makes them ideal for aristocracy. To offer ample choices for women with a love for these garments, Bomkai sarees are made in both silk and cotton fabrics.

Bomkai silk sarees for stylish Indian fashion.
Bomkai silk sarees for stylish Indian fashion.

Compared to some of the other types of sarees that originate in this part of India, the Bomkai comes with a number of unique designs and motifs that make them different from others. These designs and motifs aptly portray various mythological traditions and folklores of the past. These folklores form the base of Odishan culture, which makes Bomkai sarees some of the most endearing garments in the textile manufacturing industry of South India. The inspirations that make up Bomkai sarees are seeped deeply in nature that makes them so special and different from other sarees. The designs are composed with the help of concepts taken from nature and perfectly compiled together. Some of the common elements include the atasi flower, karela, macchi, the kanthi phul, koincha, rui macchi, mayur, padma and charai. Other than these motifs, another aspect of Bomkai sarees that stand out from others is the pallavs or borders. Many sarees have border motifs and designs that are heavily inspired by traditional tribal art. Some examples include, Kumbha, Mitkta Panjia, Floral and Rudraksha patterns.

Like the motifs themselves, the colors of the Bomkai sarees also play a very important role to add to the beauty of these garments. The colors of these sarees are mainly inspired by a contrasting effect. Quite often a shade of bright green is combined with yellow and the same is done with colors like black and orange. In some cases, the pallav is double shaded which creates a rich sheen of royal luster. The artisans also use lattice work add more beauty to the Bomkai sarees. Various geometric shapes and patterns can be found around the borders of Bomkai sarees which make them elegant and classy. Such rich artistic elements make Bomkai sarees some of the most popular garments that are produced in the state of Odisha. Over the years, many different types of Bomkai sarees have evolved which naturally offers more good options for the fashion conscious women of today. These include Sonepuri, Barpali, Pasapali and Bapta saris.

Types of Embroidered Blouse Designs for Traditional Wedding Silk Sarees

One of the various kinds of embroidered blouse designs that you can get for your traditional wedding silk saree is an embellished elbow length sleeve blouse. Such a blouse can impart a rich look to your traditional sarees and as such lots of women like to wear them as well. In fact, their popularity has only increased even more of late. Vanki design blouse is one of the most popular design styles in this particular category and celebrities such as Kajal Aggarwal are known to prefer them as well. A major designer in this regard would be Kavitha Gutta who owns a boutique named Golden Threads in Hyderabad.

Plain elbow length sleeve blouse

As you would have guessed by now thanks to the name in these blouses the sleeves cover till your elbow. In fact you can get these blouses with big borders that act as sleeves. They are highly in trend right now and your wedding saree would look elegant if paired with these blouses.

Classic puff sleeves blouse

The puff sleeves blouses have been worn for some time now and this is the reason the word classic is added as a prefix to their name. If you team such a blouse with a conventional silk kanjeevaram saree you would get the feminine look you had been after all this while. If you are a young lady then you can be sure that this combination would look great on you.

Embroidered Blouse for Wedding Silk Sarees
Embroidered Blouse for Wedding Silk Sarees

Kundan work blouse

A Kundan work blouse would make your dress look rich.

Cut work blouse

Cut work embroidered blouses are really stunning to look at and make your bridal sarees look even better than they already are.

Maggam and Stone work blouse

Maggam and stone work blouses are really great to look at. They are extremely festive and rich to look at. You can be sure that these are the perfect blouses to be worn at weddings.

Net blouse

Net blouse designs are among the most popular of their kind going around nowadays. They are fashionable and apart from that they happen to be quite sensuous as well. There are different ways in which you can incorporate net fabric in your blouse such as sleeves, backs, and necklines. When teamed with your traditional silk saree they can impart a modern touch.

High neck blouse

Your ethnic saree would look a royal one when you have a high neck blouse to go with it. When compared to the traditional patterns of blouses that you see out there these give you a look that is much nicer and fresher as well. These days, designers are making these high neck blouses in a wide variety of combinations related to fabric and the ornamentation that goes with such artistic work. It must also be said that these embellishments are really intricate. In case you are wearing one of these high neck blouses you should not wear any neckpiece. Instead you can go for heavy earrings such as chandeliers, chandbalis, and those big jhumkas.

Round cut out back neck blouses

These blouses normally have round cut out details in their back. They are available in various styles such as Maggam work, Kundan work, stone work, and Zardosi work. They outline the cut out back and this is how the blouse gets a stunning look. You can make the blouse look even more glamorous by adding a good looking tie back tassel at the back. Apart from this you can go for blouses with artistic sleeves as well as ones with a back neck pattern. These are really unconventional options to say the least and also a lot of dramatic effect to your entire appearance.

Why Assam will host National Handloom Day celebrations this year?

This is for the first time that Guwahati, the capital of Assam, will play host to the National Handloom Day celebrations in India. The event will be organized on August 7. This is part of governmental efforts to provide due recognition to the north east of India by highlighting the rich culture of the region in terms of art and craft. A fantastic ceremony is expected to be organized in order to display handloom products that have been created by artisans from the seven states of this part of India. An exhibition and a fashion show are expected to be organized for this purpose as well.

Film being showed

A film is expected to be shown during the event. It has been made by Muzaffar Ali, the director who made Umrao Jaan, and would showcase the unique handloom work that is a signature of this region. The film will have a geographical indication status and can be expected to be an important part of the event proper. Among the various dignitaries who are expected to be present at the event are Smriti Irani, the Union Textiles Minister, and Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam. Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), has said that the show will give equal focus to all the seven states of north eastern India.

This year's National Handloom Day will celebrate in Assam
This year’s National Handloom Day will celebrate in Assam

Equal emphasis

The event will be displaying all the silk and handloom products of the states. It is the Office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms) that will be responsible for running the event. Incidentally said office is part of Indian Government. This time around the national awards – as well as Sant Kabir awards – will not be given to the artisans though.

The national government has instead decided to group them together with Shilp Guru Awards that are conferred on handicraft artisans.

Presentation of awards

The recipients will be handed over the awards at a function that will be organized in New Delhi, the capital of India. Handicraft is a major occupation for many people in the north east of India – they are known to be able to create magic with their hands. August 7 is an important date in the history of India’s independence movement considering how on this day in 1905 Swadeshi Movement was started.

The movement was meant to bring back the importance of production processes and products of India at that time. As such this is going to be a major event – perhaps the first of its kind in this region that has often felt left out of the mainstream.

Why Assam’s women weavers worried about GST act?

As the nation of India is gradually trying to understand how the implementation of GST has affected their lives, many business houses in the country are contemplating how this new unified tax system is likely to impact their monthly and annual turnovers. One of the states that are likely to get most affected by this newly launched GST is Assam. Assam has a long history of handloom and handicraft industry that serves as a means for income for plenty of families. A large percentage of the weavers who work for the Assam handloom industry are women. These women often serve as one of the most famous bread earners for their families, even though they only have very little school education, to begin with, the only thing that they can rely on is their skills as handloom weavers. However, with the implementation of GST, it is going to be difficult for these women to early the livelihood that they once used to.

Assam is an area that is known for its production of Muga, Eri and Pat silk garments. These clothes are known for their creamy texture and look, and women widely wear the sarees that are made from them both in India and abroad. However, most of the families and the women who are responsible for their production live below the poverty line. While it is true that the handloom products produced in Assam contribute in a major way to the GDP of the country, the female workers who toil day and night to provide such handloom fabrics get to see very little of the profits that they deserve. In most of their houses which are in rural areas, there is hardly any electricity or other hints of modern development. Their low income leaves them with very little buying power that would allow them to have surplus money after they have invested in raw materials for the production of the handloom goods.

Women weavers of Assam worried about GST
Women weavers of Assam worried about GST

Before the implementation of GST, there were no taxes associated with the manufacture of the silk fabrics such as Muga and Eri that are so popular in Assam. However, according to the new rules of GST, the producers of such handlooms will have to pay a GST of 5%. GST will naturally increase the prices of the finished goods along with reduced margins for production. GST will not be acceptable by the customers who used to get these products at lower prices before the implementation of GST. Most affected by GST are the poor rural women who produce these handlooms for the national and global markets. The larger brands and corporations will find it easy to adjust to the changes brought by GST. They can even offer their products at reduced rates while still making a profit out of them. However, this will naturally make it a lot difficult for the rural producers of handloom products as they won’t find it easy to secure profits for themselves without increasing the prices of the finished goods.

Currently, there is an increased need for the government to exempt the handloom industry in Assam from paying the GST as it will help to protect the lives and livelihood of the women and families in this part of India who is involved in the production of such handlooms. Many politicians and reformers here strongly feel that the exemption of GST should be active as soon as possible as that would offer some hope for these people who are already living below the poverty line.

Why hand painting art is always a hot home decor item?

India has always had a rich culture of art and craft that has developed over centuries. Like other parts of the world, India has developed its very own identity when it comes to its artistic traditions. This not only had a profound impact on the people of this country but also allowed Indian artists to create a significant influence in world art. Indian artists are known for creating some of the most beautiful and scenic paintings that can add serenity and beauty to any home or commercial environment. Due to this reason, the professional hand painters are always in high demand in this part of the world.

Although photography has developed as a major form of art ever since the 1970s, hand paintings still have a significant influence in Indian art scene and are considered as a primary form of creation. The hand painters of India depict different kinds of themes and motifs in their creations which make them exciting to look at. The play of colors, unique sketching styles, and thematic elements that are usually observed in the hand paintings make them a breathtaking site on their own. It is no wonder that there is such a demand for hand painting art which is used in different ways by the people of India.

Hand painted patachitra wall hangings for home decoration
Hand painted patachitra wall hangings for home decoration

While there are plenty of hand painters that come from rural backgrounds, there are also professional artists in different parts of the country who have made careers out of their painting skills. This naturally creates a lot of variety when it comes to these artistic creations. Artists who come mostly from rural backgrounds often depict different kinds of folk themes and mythological ideas in their paintings. Scenes from day to day life also serve as an inspiration for their paintings. The types of colors that are used in these paintings are often taken from nature, such as the red from the reddish soils and the greens of the rural areas.

Contrasting to this, the professional painters who have developed their careers consciously work on creating their very own artistic identity that makes them different from the other artists. Many of these artists also take inspiration from different types of artistic movements that have occurred over the centuries, such as Cubism, Surrealism, and Impressionism. While the painters in India do not take direct pointers from these artistic movements, they do interpret these diverse artistic styles to create unique forms of art that stand out on their own. India has a bevy of gifted painters, and plenty of young men and women prefer to take up painting as their careers instead of the traditional jobs.

For any consumer who is looking to get beautiful hand painted artwork for their home or office, these painters regularly provide a broad range of work that can serve as unique décor pieces. Unlike the art of photography, many people consider hand painted arts as more personal and unique. They prefer to have hand painted artwork in their homes and offices. Unlike photographic art which is widely thematic and may or may not blends well with distinct ambiances, hand painted art are far more versatile and therefore they have a greater scope of looking great on almost any kind of surroundings. Moreover, hand painted artwork also has a calming and soothing effect on the minds of a person who views it. It can also work as a great inspiration to an individual who has a sense of inner creativity of his or her own. This makes hand painted artwork truly endearing.

How an interior designer will help you to decorate your home with theme specific?

Quite often we wonder as to how certain places are always perfectly designed. How is it that in these places every little thing falls into place and that too in a perfect manner? Quite often we see a hotel that has a classical style and feels more like a palace. Then there are those hospitals that look and feel more like resorts. One thing is always common in all these places – harmony. Everything can only seem harmonious when each and every component of a space has been arranged in a perfect order. The setting has to be completely right.

What is a theme?

A theme, also known as concept, can also be defined as an idea that has been translated into the physical form. The question that needs to be asked now from where we can get most of our ideas and the answer, in hindsight especially, would be quite simple – the internet. However, what happens when you try and create something that is unique, very different from what others are doing. This should be something that suits the kind of life you are living and is a reflection of your personality as well. The best option in this case would be to look within and find out themes that you can relate to.

The pointlessness of adhering to styles

The classical style is all about creating symmetry everywhere in a space. It is all about being disciplined all the way. However, you need to ask yourself – is that what you want. Are you really disciplined in your life? If you are not then you should definitely not settle for that style. You should always go for an ambience that you would like, one that you have always wanted. Any good professional interior designer would tell you that budget is never an issue in these cases.

Home decoration with Indian traditional handicrafts
Home decoration with Indian traditional handicrafts

Something for the travelers

If you are a traveler by passion then chances are that you love picking up souvenirs and mementos as well. Well, in that case, you can build up your interior decoration around that particular souvenir or memento as your centerpiece. You can choose patterns and colours that will bring back memories of the place from which the item in question was taken and evoke a similar feel. For example, if your living room is inspired by Paris you can go for an achromatic colour scheme using lime green and golden accents. There is a certain advantage of keeping the colour scheme neutral and enhancing it with other shades and hues that you prefer. Whenever you feel bored all you need to do is change the accents and you would get a new room again.


It is not that theme-based rooms do not have any disadvantage. For example, after a certain point of time you may feel bored with the room. This is especially applicable in cases where the individual in question – you – likes to change things around quite frequently. At the same time, if you can settle on a particular theme like if you decorate your room just like your favourite travel destination it can bring back that feel as well as the memories that are related to it.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Your rooms may be bohemian in design but you can still jazz them up with both classic and contemporary elements. You can go for a colour scheme that is vibrant and relaxing at the same time. You can use elements that would add an element of surprise to the décor. You can also focus on warm colours and complex patterns to make things more interesting. It is the highly personal nature of these themes that make them so hard to achieve in the first place.