Do you know that it takes 20 washes and a combination of cow dung, seeds and crushed flowers for Kalamkari's natural and earthy colours to become pucca (permanent)? Or that just like the sun, and the moon, religious plants like tulsi and neem are also an integral part of Madhubani paintings?
It's things like these that you'll learn at the Lotus Bazaar, when it opens shop this week. For the very first time providing creative outlets for traditional crafts with a feel and a luxury twist. Kalamkari cushions, modular Madhubani wallpapers, Patachitra scarves, designed under the brand Jiyo will be showcased at the Gandhi Smriti on March 31 and then the World Bank lawns from April 1 to 3. And live sessions of spinning, painting and theatre will give that added edge.
According to Rajeev Sethi, chairperson of Asian Heritage Foundation, the idea behind this exhibition is to develop a new range of products that could represent Indian luxury but in a contemporary manner.
"There are over 10 million people in our country who are involved in crafts which are not recognised. This is one way of bringing the two worlds together."
The Lotus Bazaar is on at the World Bank Lawns, Lodhi Road, From April 1 to 3. Call 9811804811