Dira, The Inked Jewels, 2020
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Title:The Inked Jewels
Medium: oil on Masonite
Dimensions: 43.1 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm (17" H x 30" W x 1.2" D)
This painting is a portrait of an ancient storytelling art form of India - Kalamkari which combined hand and block printing to bring alive the tales that were passed on from one generation to the next.
While the cotton fabrics were painted with a kalam i.e pen - made from a sharp pointed bamboo nibbled applicator that regulates the flow of color on the fabric - forming the backbone of this art, the repetitive patterns of elegant motifs were printed using intricately carved wooden teak blocks.