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Tree Of Life

A virtual gallery event and emergency relief fundraiser with 100% of profits going to Indian artisans

KIRIT CHITARA

KALAMKARI ARTIST

The tradition of kalamkari painting stretches back eight generations in Kirit Chitara’s family. His father and grandfather earned national awards for their work and now he is carrying on the tradition in his own right. The maintenance of this craft heritage is more than just art for art’s sake—the religious traditions that surround this particular form of painting, called Mata ni Pachedi (“behind the mother goddess”), is still thriving in the state of Gujarat. The Chitara family was featured in the BBC2 series “Hidden Treasures of Indian Art” in 2011, giving international audiences a glimpse into this still-vital artform.

Kalamkari work is painting done on cloth using a bamboo stylus and natural dyes, and Mata ni Pachedi employs this technique, but with a unique twist. Across the centuries, invading forces swept across the landscape time and time again, and temples, with their idols of gods and goddesses, were targets of destruction. The Mata ni Pachedi cloths, depicting scores of goddesses and their legends, became moveable temples that could be saved from desecration. The Chitara family’s Mata ni Pachedi cloths still adorn places of worship during festivals and communicate vital cultural heritage to worshippers and appreciators of their artistic virtuosity.

TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS

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BHASKAR CHITRAKAR

BHASKAR CHITRAKAR

Kalighat Artist

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.

KIRIT CHITARA

KIRIT CHITARA

Kalamkari Artist

Exquisitely detailed Gujarati kalamkari painting, still rendered by hand in the tradition of eight generations of master craftsmen.

SHAMLU DUDEJA & MALIKA VARMA

SHAMLU DUDEJA & MALIKA VARMA

She Kantha

Kantha, the famed running-stitch embroidery of Eastern India, is taken to new heights of artistry in the hands of SheKantha’s artisans.

RUPA TRIVEDI

RUPA TRIVEDI

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.

Rajan Vankar

Rajan Vankar

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.

ANIL VANGAD

ANIL VANGAD

Warli Artist

A folk art tradition that carries echoes of the ancient past, Warli rice-paste painting captures the life and traditions of a tribal people.

SUFIYAN KHATRI

SUFIYAN KHATRI

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. 

Thilak Reddy

Thilak Reddy

KALAMKARI ARTIST

Thilak Reddy is a talented young artist originally from Kalamkari, 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”).

 

 

Gohar Sajid

Gohar Sajid

SABAH Pakistan

Gohar Sajid is a founding member and co-chairperson of SABAH Pakistan, a non-profit organization in Pakistan that works to support artisans throughout the country.

Hemangini Rathore

Hemangini Rathore

Sudarshan Artisan Collective

a thriving artisan collective that aims to preserve and promote traditional techniques and motifs found in folk textiles from India by creating contemporary designs and products.

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