Tree Of Life
A virtual gallery event and emergency relief fundraiser with 100% of profits going to Indian artisans
Warli painting stretches far back into undocumented history, and the forms of gods, goddesses, humans and animals that are still used today have an elemental, ancient quality. Traditionally, these figures, as well as non-figurative designs, have been painted onto houses during times of celebration, but the work has migrated to paper that can be sold. The materials used in Warli painting speak directly to the circumstances of village life and the local environment—cow dung from the animals that give sustenance, rice paste from the surrounding paddies, charcoal from the fires that are vital to life.
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TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
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Depicting everything from the divine to the cheeky, Kalighat painting is a traditional medium that’s ripe for modern insight in the hands of a master artist.
Exquisitely detailed Gujarati kalamkari painting, still rendered by hand in the tradition of eight generations of master craftsmen.
SHAMLU DUDEJA & MALIKA VARMA
Kantha, the famed running-stitch embroidery of Eastern India, is taken to new heights of artistry in the hands of SheKantha’s artisans.
Adiv Pure Nature
Luxurious garments and accessories, created in pursuit of a sustainable fashion supply chain and innovatively using dyed herbs and the floral blessings left at Mumbai temples.
A folk art tradition that carries echoes of the ancient past, Warli rice-paste painting captures the life and traditions of a tribal people.
Master Ajrakh Artist
Sufyian Khatri, world class artisan and textile maker, carves his own woodblocks to create intricate and vibrant patterns for his hand-crafted textiles. Khatri’s natural dye block-printing studio is located outside of Bhuj, in the Kutch.
Traditional Kutch Weaving
A 4th generation master weaver from the Sarli village located in the rural Kutch region of India, Rajan Vankar crafts one-of-a-kind textiles.
Thilak Reddy is a talented young artist originally from Kalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, a town along the Coromandel Coast of India that has long been famous for the production of mordant-painted and -dyed textiles, popularly known today as kalamkari (literally “pen work”). The art of kalamkari is a multi-step process of hand-painting natural dyes and mordants onto silk and cotton cloth to create beautiful figurative and vegetal motifs.