Lacquer art

BANGLES AND BOXES Crafted beautifully from lac

BANGLES AND BOXES Crafted beautifully from lac  

DakshinaChitra is organising a lac craft workshop on November 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be conducted by craftspersons from Jaipur, a place famous for lacwork. The lacquer art of Rajasthan has its origin in the 18th Century and was patronised by Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur. This art came to Jaipur from Persia. The beauty of lacwork will be demonstrated in bangles, ear rings and jewellery boxes by Zeenat Jehan, an expert craftsperson from Jaipur. These bangles are worn on all auspicious occasions in Rajasthan and come in all possible shades.

You can watch Zeenat as she turns wood into round shapes of bangles or boxes and then lacquers them in bands of pure bright colours. Lac is not applied as a paint or coloured varnish but in its dry state by means of heat generated by friction. The fee is Rs. 400 for two days which will include material and transport from the Madras Craft Foundation office (Uroor Olcott Road, Besant Nagar) and back. Registration is on a first-cum-first-served basis. Call 24462435 for details.

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