“Wisdom is as enduring as the dyes of India.”
– St. Jerome 4th century AD
As part of our efforts to preserve and promote the traditional textile arts and crafts of India - such as Kalamkari, Batik, Ajrak, Indigo Painting and Block Painting, among others - we thought it important to share why it’s worth the time and effort to use textiles created with natural dyes.
The true history of Zardozi is lost in the sands of time. Some claim that this form of embellishment has been practised by Indian artisans since the time of the Rig Veda, while others insist that the art form entered India along with the invaders from the north. While both arguments have their share of supporting evidence, one point that all historians agree on is that Akbar the Great was a true patron of this form of embroidery.
From capturing the world in paints to healing those in pain, Uddya Sri Kumaran believes that there is a strong link between creativity and spirituality. She has recently written and published, a beautifully illustrated book, on the strong connection between spirituality and art. Here, this versatile businesswoman, healer, artist, author and mother shares snippets of her journey as a woman who pursued her passions, over two decades, to build a rich and colourful life.
Revathi, veteran actress, "Ask me, about me, on screen. How do I bring those characters out?"
Dr. Sarita Dasari, "(Ask me not) why I chose career over bringing up my kids, but how I managed both."
DeeDee, TV host, "Ask me not what you want to hear. Ask me what I want to say."
Jaya Devi Cholayil, CEO & social entrepreneur, "Ask me not about the state of women in my country, but what I'm doing to change that.
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