We have found some great tribal lost wax bronze castings made in the thousands of years old traditional way – some are recently made and some we purchased from a private collection of antiques.
Known as Dhokra, this is an ancient craft that scholars believe to be at least 4500 years old. Artisans in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal are still using this method to create jewelry, vessels, images of gods, goddesses, animals and birds and works from the imagination. Many are farmers who supplement their income in the summer months when the beeswax used to create the fine detail is supple and easy to work.
Using a coarse clay the artisan first makes a core vaguely resembling the end product. The clay core is hardened either by drying in the sun or Continue reading →
Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere and we have some gorgeous warmth generating devices from one of the coldest places on the planet.
It gets so cold in the Himalayas that even the goats have developed clever ways of keeping warm. The Changthangi or pashmina goats have developed exceptionally warm and light fiber that not only insulates them from the sub-zero temperatures, but also makes some of the softest, warmest textiles you would ever want next to your skin.
All these winter warmers are made from hand-spun fibre which has been dyed from natural sources* and hand-woven into the most beautiful cloth.
After six months in India, I have arrived home with lots of stories and lots of stock for KASU EMPORIUM.
Parcels filled with goodies are starting to arrive from India, and unpacking them fills me with memories of the places I have been and the people I’ve met in the search for this lovely stock. I will be telling some of those stories soon, so stay tuned.
Note the calico wrapping sealed with red wax – official India Post wrapping.
Pumpkin is staying close by after a long separation!
The long flight from Australia arrived in Delhi mid-morning local time. After transferring to the domestic terminal and a short but sleepy wait, it was time to board a Spicejet flight to Dehradun in the foothills of the Himalayas in India’s newest state, Uttarakhand.
I had now been awake for nearly 30 hours and harboring a viral intruder. The bed was the typically Indian and hard as a board, yet strangely comfortable to my exhausted body. The virus was developing nicely, and the night was a series of fitful wakes and sleeps.
Hand spun and naturally dyed wool ready to be woven into shawls
Feeling a little better by morning, I made plans to visit the weaving co-op that was my main reason for coming to Dehradun to buy stock for KASU EMPORIUM. Continue reading →