Tree Of Life at KHAZANA
Tree Of Life
Khazana celebrates traditional artists around the world
Many cultures around the world describe the beauty of sacred and life-sustaining trees, known by a variety of names including the “Tree of Life.” This ancient symbol represents nourishment, growth, renewal, and human interdependence. In art, the Tree of Life can appear as a verdant tree full of fragrant flowers, ripe fruits, and the playful dance of birds and other animals of the forests. In some cultures, the Tree of Life has magical or wish-fulfilling properties, which bestow blessings upon anyone who sits beneath its shade.
The “Tree of Life” is also a perfect metaphor for Khazana’s 30-year journey. Our mission—to support the work of emerging artisans and to nurture rare and ancient art forms—offers artisans exposure to a broader marketplace and creates tangible connections that reach across the globe.
Initially created as a temporary exhibition and relief fund to support artisans who were deeply impacted by COVID19 in India, the Tree Of Life at Khazana continues as a platform to showcase the work of living artisans in South Asia and around the world.
TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Click the artist images to view their incredible works.
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.