Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Peacock ! A designer`s eternal delight !

The most exotic Nature`s gift , Peacock , the national bird of India has been a source of design inspiration for art lovers , designers, craftsmen , and artists for centuries. The play of colour , the grace of the bird , the rhythm of movement and the proud dance of the peacock in the light drizzle of rain , has evoked many poets to write about it`s glory !
         For any Indian , the bird is synonymous with Lord Krishna proudly displaying a feather in his hair, playing the mellifluous flute. Mughal paintings, Rajasthani miniature paintings , Gond paintings, Kalamkari , or madhubani , all have different forms of  Peacock as a motif form. The Indian Textiles are also not far in using this Natures gift as a source of inspiration !
        When I was writing my previous post on the jewelry of Lord Krishna , I was struck with the idea to find out where all the peacock motif has been used in Indian crafts . I came up with the idea of trying to find out different motifs which are in my own collection, and beginning with textiles (a subject  of my most favourite interest ) this is what I came up with  !!!

Printed , Painted and woven Textiles from  India.
natural dye , hand block printing
gold venkatgiri

A prize possession , this vegetable dye ,block printed kalamkari vintage saree  from Masulipatnam (ANDHRA PRADESH ) is printed using Manjisht or the Indian madder which gives it the typical pomegranate red. The 8' gold border adds a beautiful highlight to the print.

natural dyes
Another beautiful block printed kalamkari dress material from Andhra Pradesh with a beautiful pair of peacocks.

   Not to be left far behind , the typical peacock motifs in the hand painted Kalamkari from Sri Kalahasti are a visionary delight ! Each stylized bird , unique from the other,is`nt it?

natural dyes
pallu with peacock design
A beautiful saree with two pairs of peacocks in the pallu and skirt (shown below)

Textiles of India
Taking inspiration from the traditional kalamkari , textile designers have replicated the age old style in this screen printed fabric. Though it is not a genuine kalamkari , I love it none -the -less , as it has a gorgeous look.
traditional textile designs of India

Whew ! Isnt that  a lot of motifs ?  Guess the WOVEN WONDERS  will have to wait till my next post !

No comments:

Post a Comment

you may also like

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...