THE HAND-PAINTED ARTISAN COLLECTION
A deep dive into the series
The inaugural collection from the Past.Present.Future. series is a magical exploration of traditional art forms and their interaction with the world, through the years. We unveil two art plates each that explore Gond, Pichwai and Kalighat art forms in unconventional ways.
Holding artists at the centre of this collection, we are collaborating with Creative Dignity and Eki Beki to encourage a future for artisans where they can be celebrated and supported financially for their craftsmanship.
Superimposed against the motifs in this artwork is, Jangarh Singh Shyam. Taking inspiration from the rhythmic vibrations in most Adivasi music, his artworks were crafted with intricate dots, dashes and waves, a distinctive style which he created, known today as ‘Jangarh Kalam’. Choti Tekam, the artisan behind this art plate, was inspired to start her painting career after being introduced to numerous artists' works in Bhopal.
This art plate explores the tale of Bada Dev, the ultimate creator, in Gond folklore, choosing the first Pardhan. The artwork highlights important motifs like Parsapen which together represent masculine and feminine power, and the power of creation. Dilip Shyam, the artisan behind this art plate, has been practising Gond art for the last 25 years and has recently been felicitated with a State Govt. Award.
Superimposed against the motifs in this artwork is, Ghasiram Hardev Sharma, the chief painter and photographer of Nathdwara during the 19th and 20th century. His artworks were primarily focused on depicting the various, vibrant religious ceremonies in the township. Kalyanmal Sahu, the artisan behind this art plate, believes that an artist helps commoners understand knowledge through art.
The art plate explores the story of the Sreenath Ji idol, the seven-year-old form of Shri Krishna, being moved to safety in the year 1665, amidst a turbulent political climate. Yugdeepak, the artisan behind this art plate, is a miniature artist who hails from Bhilwara, Rajasthan and now resides in Udaipur.
Superimposed against the motifs in this artwork is, Jamini Roy, an artist who was intimately involved in sculpting the future of the Kalighat art form. Amidst the turbulent landscape of the British Raj, Jamini Roy, turned his attention to satirical representations of the ruling class, depiction of rural India and Santhal tribe’s culture. Rupsona Chitrakar, the artisan behind the art plate, learnt the art style from her grandmother and father. The distinguishing features of her drawings are the eyes and the way she outlines her drawings.
This art plate is inspired by the legend of Sati and the creation of 51 Shakti Peethas emerging from parts of India where her different body parts fell. The art form, also depicted themes like the changing station of women and people resistant to these changes were portrayed in subordinate positions to them. Suman Chitrakar, the artisan behind the artwork, specialises in Bangla Patta Chitra and his work has been showcased worldwide through various exhibitions
Lend colours to this artwork; Go with our suggested colour scheme, or use watercolours, 3D liners, gold foil, etc giving your imagination free reign. After you’re happy with your creation, give a title to it and make it your own!
FROM CONCEPTUALISATION TO CREATION
A rare, limited edition collection that is hand-painted and celebrates three traditional art forms via six artistic renditions.
A special inscription celebrates the artisan on the verso
An exclusive Plated Project Creation with specifications on the authenticity card
According to official estimates, India is home to 7 million artisans. However, data from unofficial sources indicate that the artisan strength could be as high as 200 million. Owing to the unorganised nature of the handicrafts sector, traditional artisans often find it difficult to sustain themselves in the current market.
With the complications around building a sustainable livelihood out of their craftsmanship, it becomes difficult for artisans to provide nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
Every plate from this collection, generates income for the artisans and donates 10 meals with every purchase.