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DIA200mm, India

 Looking at the beads, the strings of beads, how they are placed.  Sometimes I can see the rhythm of music, would this be the original musical scores?



DIA60xWmm, India

 A bracelet composed of ox bone beads and flat tablet beads.  The bolt for bracelet has been carefully carved out from the ox bone.

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W160xL120xH65mm, India

A wood carved stamp for printing pattern on fabric in India, a bunta.

Wonder what the pattern will look like with this stencil?

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This cute little wood carving is in fact a tool, a wood block stencil for fabric printing in India, bunta.  The stencil is painstakingly carved out from a solid piece of wood guiding only by a rough piece of paper template.  Here is how they are made.

Check out our other bunta.

ivory bangleDIA90xW40mm, India

This old ivory bangle is likely to be one from the Rajasthani tribes; traditionally married women would wear a set of bangles, ideally 17 on the upper arm and 9 on the lower arm (a total of 52 bangles!)  These bangles are to be worn throughout their entire married life and believed to have magical powers to protect them from the evil eye.

Here is a glimpse of the ivory bangles (haathi dant ki churi) during a wedding (please bare with the music)

Due to the price and elephant protection, Lac (lacquered) bangles has became one of the alternative jewellery.

The  bride will receive one ivory bangle from her mother’s family, normally from her uncle, otherwise from her parents.  Without the bangle the Saptapadi ceremony cannot be performed.  In the movie Saptapadi the engagement bangles has became a sort of handcuff for the heroine.  To see the scene fast forward to 1hr11m20s.

Fabric Stamp

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W150xL110xD70mm, India

Today for the ASIAN FOLKCRAFT we have a tool.

This is a well used piece of bunta, the wooden stamp used for fabric printng in India.

This beautiful video explains how the stamp is carved and how the printing is done.



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DIA 70mm, India

Since we are getting a few inputs for the Indian bangles, I will take the opportunity to post another ivory bangle that was bought from India a long time ago.

Instead of talking about the bangle (please could the experts help me out on this one?  is it also a choodi?), I would like to share with you a story.

During their honeymoon in India my parents fell in love with the craft they saw there, pieces were bought for their collection and friends were made.  Some years later they opened the shop, remembering the nice items they saw they returned to hunt for interesting objects for the shop.  In New Delhi, they met the craft vendor they had met in the trip before, after careful selection they have chosen a boxful of goodies (and this is one of them) and asked the vendor to ship it back to Hong Kong for them.  A couple of months later, a policeman turned up at the shop and asked for my father to go to the airport with him.  He was brought to the custom office, there on a table was a hand made aluminum case, in a secret compartment the custom officers had found plastic bags of powders neatly packed together.  Clueless and shaken dad was detained while further investigation took place.  Minutes were like years.  And it turned out to be – packets of very fine sand.  Once home, Dad called up the vendor and asked him why he had hidden the sand in the suitcase and the vendor in turned asked the case maker … innocently the case maker reply, “Aluminum is very light material, I was only trying to make the my case more substantial!”

And of course if you asked us to ship the ivory bangle to you now, we will both end up at the police station.

W140xH140mm, India

Shisha (originated from the Persian word shisheh which means glass) is a form of embroidery that is very popular in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi of India.  Shisha embroidery is believed to originate in Perisa in the 13th century and brought to India by Persianate Moghul Dynasty.  This form of embroidery can be found on garments, accessories and even for home furnishing product, the glass is usually paired with the colorful fabric used in the area.  This is a small bag with mirror shisha embroidery and tasseled with bronze discs.

W180xL130xH80mm, India

These are stamps (Bunta) for making woodblock print textile.  Over a piece of draft pattern, the craftsman laboriously chisel out the design from a single block of wood.  Over at the printing sweatshop, plain colour fabric is stretched over the printing table.  The vegetable dye paste is placed in a tray and even out over a sheet of wire.  No draft or guiding sheet is used for the printing, the master printer would set out the outline colour, judging only by his eye, hands, points on the stamp and experience.  The stamp is placed and hit a few times by the fist ensuring a good impression.  The printing would go from left to right.  After the outline colour is finished, the second printer would follow, then the third etc.  The fabric is then put into an acid wash to fix the colour.