Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kalighat pat - Art of rural Bengal in India

Howrah Bridge

West Bengal is an integral part in my life..Most of my school holidays comprise of memories of different parts of bengal where my relatives are scattered.

asian temple

Bengal is famous for its contemporary art and vibrant culture. Kalighat Pat is one of its art forms. Maa kali is the most worshipped goddess in west bengal. Kalighat is known for centuries old Kali temple.

Indian Godess

In 19th century some migrant communities of painters setteled around kalighat. They developed the Kalighat Pats which has been a great influence on modern bengali art

Indian folk art

art of west bengal

Kalighat pat an art of Bengal

Pat rural art style

Pats were paintings with a distinguished bengali style with bright colors and strong lines. These pats, wood craft and the lithographs depicted the social life during those days. Vegetable colours and water colours were used.

Decorate your walls with art pieces

Indian art

Painting on pat from bengal in india

The pats are now available in the land of Midnapur where artists and their works are in great demand. Most of their works are exported in many countries.
A pat on our wall can become a exclusive art piece  isn't it. So what say....

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chandua: The Indian handicraft

India land of colors

Indian Culture

As I am a frequent traveller, I have travelled to many appealing places small and big accross India. Pipili is one such place. It is a small and colorful village in Orissa nearby puri.

Well it is a village of handicrafts. And what do they do? They have a distinctive style of applique embroidery .You will find a whole lane of shops selling chandua. The view is extremely colorful and happy.

Hanging Lightschandua_market

It involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with the theme of flowers, animals, village scene and traditional Indian designs on cloth.

Indian Handicraft

 Umbrella handicraft
 handicraft Bags

This appliqué patchwork have varied categories like Garden Umbrellas, Wallets, Wall Hanging, lampshades, Pouches & Bags. Nowadays it has been diversified into bed sheets, cushions covers, file folders and so on.
Indian craft
 Bed Sheet
 Bed Cover Designs
 Handicrafts Bed sheets

If u ever visit the place puri which is mostly famous for the centuries old Lord Jagannath temple and a electrifying beach, pipili is a must see too.It comes on its way if u go by road , just an hour from puri. 

Jagannath Temple Puri

And i bet any art lover will love this colorful place...So go ahead and bring back colors of India to home :)

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Interiors For singles

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Lets start with the interiors of a home for single women. Well ladies what do we like our home to be when we come back after a long tiresome day ,comfortable and soothing isn't it.

I suggest first we should consider the colours we want our home to reflect.

Colors For Interiors

I suggest our bedroom should have a very soft colour,I like pink so i can go with my bedroom being colored in baby pink.But there are so many lovely colors like sky blue, peach, light purle ond even white or any soft color we like.


While our living room and dining room can have a bright or peppy solid color to cheer us up. We can select a sunny yellow, a bright pink, peacock blue anything that we like and that makes us happy while spending some leisure hours.

The kithen can have sophisticated look, here again we can select a light shade with glossy or shiny appearence.I prefer a glossy offwhite..but there is no end to colours, so let your imagination fly.

Last but not the least the bathroom can have a color with a cooling effect. Anything like a blue, light purple or any cool color will suit right.. what do u say about your choice.


As we are done with the colors now comes the furniture. So living alone doesnt mean we dont need beautiful furnitures. so what are the priorities you are looking for in your home?

Warm and Cosy Interiors

Living room

Living Room

If we like a warm cosy home we can get ourselves a small cosy arm chair or a bright colourful couch. We can have some small pillows and cushions to increase the comfort.

A small beautiful glass side table will add a extra ting. A white transparent glass or a black one or anything you like .


Now it can be accessorized by  beautiful lamp - colorful and bright or candles with artistic  candle stands . Designer candles alone can also look very pretty.

The center table can be of medium size with a strong wooden base. We can also have small art peace with a transparent glass top. Or a bright solid color table in contrast to the color of the room.

It can be accesorized by a metallic bowl having scented water flowers and floating lamps.We can also have a transparent glass bowl with bright fresh flowers and floating candles.



Dining Room

Dinning Room

Now for our dining space a small table with two or three comfortable chairs is more than enough.We can choose solid colored furnitures. 

It can be accesorized by hanging ball lamps , or miniature plants on table or simply a fruit basket and crockery or a beautiful flower vase.


If the living room is small we can put a big mirror on the wall to give a illusion of space.

We must avoid too many things on the wall for less spaces. Now if we have a large area then wall art will help a lot. I will cover wall art in my following  blogs.Some beautiful paintings can give a exotic look.

Bed Room

Bed Room


Next we come to the bed room. For a cosy look we can have a medium sizes bed with soft bedcovers, flowing curtains of full length. We can even have a bedskirt around it.

One mini side table with a simple solid color lamp shade , ofcourse the color should be in contrast to the room's color.
Then comes the dressing table, I feel dressing table with a solid color will go completely with the look along with a tool. we can keep a cushion on top of the tool. 


Bed room wall can have small paintings or family pics which makes you happy

hmmmm sounds good insn't it.

All Images are sourced from google search.
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