Quilling: New art form to attract locals

  • Mehak Jain, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2014 17:52 IST

To create decorative designs using colourful strips of paper is a new art form known as quilling, which is much loved craft by the city students these days. Not only students but people from all walks of life are enjoying this new craft.

In quilling, the strips of paper are rolled, looped, curled twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes likes hearts, teardrops, circles, leaves, flowers and other intricate designs that are glued to paper greeting cards for 3-d effect.

The craft has become increasingly popular due to low cost of the material used. It is also being demanded in the trousseau packing, to decorate wedding invitation, birth announcement and wedding boxes.

Ranjita Ahuja, an art teacher at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, said, “After guiding the students, they come up with creative ideas of their own ever time. They make things artistically by their own imagination. Sometimes we are left spellbound on their creation.”

DP Mishra, psychologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) expressed her views when asked that how children involve themselves in these sort of craft.

He said, “Children are more into gadgets and they have switched their interest towards it as a result this is best way to involve kids to carve the creativity out of them”.

Amita Gupta, who takes quilling classes in a local crafting institute expressed, “I started it as a hobby and it comes out so interesting. Now I love to teach others. Ladies above 60 years of age are even showing keen interest for the same. Girls enroll themselves as the craft serves in various purposes.”

“They do art work on their purses, frames and boxes. Some jewellery items such as earrings and neckpieces are specially designed out of it,” she added.

Sushma Malhotra ,aged 64 said, “ I have always been open to learn new things and even at this juncture, seeing the beauty of the new art form, attracted me towards learning it immediately”.

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