Tree Of Life
A virtual gallery event and emergency relief fundraiser with 100% of profits going to Indian artisans
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”). 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. Thilak learned the art of kalamkari from his father and now runs a small workshop in the city Tirupathi, not far from Kalamkari.
In his work, Thilak expands upon traditional kalamkari motifs like the tree-of-life, meandering floral forms, and geometric patterns: Thilak expands the scale and proportions of traditional kalamkari motifs and incorporates bold color combinations. The results are one-of-a-kind textiles and garments that push the art of kalamkari in new and innovative ways
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.
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.
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.
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 is a founding member and co-chairperson of SABAH Pakistan, a non-profit organization in Pakistan that works to support artisans throughout the country.
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.