The Lines of Love....
Her name Sneh translates to love and it was this love for art that motivated her to pursue painting despite her family’s disapproval. A National Award winner twice over (1993, 1997), her miniature paintings have been featured in National Geographic and are known for their offbeat subjects, like painting scenes from the poems of great India poets such as Nirala Mahadevivarma, Jai Shankarprasad and Kabir Das. Her distinctive style has made a traditional art form come alive and she hopes to pass on her artistry to the next generation of artists. We are delighted to have Dr. Gangal's work as part of our collection.
A blues man for the ages....
Mr. Saini's name is synonymous with blue pottery. That his work is special is evident when he tells you that his pieces can be found in the homes of Presidents and Prime Ministers. He takes pride in being able to bring innovation to an art form that is as old as human civilization. Mr. Saini has revived an art that had been in sharp decline over the last 100 years. His inspirations span geography and time - and one should not be surprised to find some of his works reflect the sensibilities of Europe or of the Indus Valley Civilization. His work was recognized with the National Award in 2009, and Ram Gopal is most proud of his works not commonly associate with blue pottery - animal figurines, large-sized pots, and lattice work. He continues to craft his magic in the by-lanes of Rajasthan and has inspired many others to follow suit.
Weaving metal through wood....
It is not often one comes across someone so adept at their craft that they are able to transform the physical properties of the materials they use for their work. Copper, silver, and bronze become threads and rosewood becomes the cloth on which patterns of exquisite beauty are embroidered. Mr. Sharma is a master craftsman of an art form known as Tarkashi - inlaying metal wires into wood. His patterns and motifs harken back to the days of the Rajputs and the Mughals. Recognized with National Award in 2013-14, he has crafted wooden boxes, picture frames, pots, lanterns and many other object found in a Rajasthani household.
The Paper (mache) King!
When Mr. Beigh was making his National Award Winning entry, he says that he lost track of time. What forces led him to create this exquisite piece of art remain a mystery - but one thing is self-evident - the result was extraordinary! Driven by the desire to create pieces that transcend geography and culture, Mr. Beigh's art has a quality that makes them instantly lovable - much like their creator. Hailing from Kashmir, the etheral beauty of his land and people makes its way into his plates, lamps, and boxes. He masters in the shadowing technique invented and practiced only by him, which makes his paper mache truly unparalleled. His only wish - that his art form gets its due recognition globally and that his patrons recognize the love and effort that goes into creating this unique art.
The Miniature Giant...
Mr. Lakhiwal mastered dexterity at the age most children learn to hold a pencil, , but it was his innocent fascination with colour, pigment, and light that laid the groundwork for his success. He explored the ancient art of miniature painting at the young age of six. Today, he creates for his personal satisfaction without conforming to the tourist market or business attraction. This absolute devotion preserves his rare style and escalates his artistic appeal; furthermore, it has won him a PadmaShri, the UNESCO/CCI- 2005 Excellence Award in South Africa for Miniature Painting, State level honour by the Delhi Government, and deemed him a National Awardee for Excellence in Craftsmanship.
Mr. Lakhiwal's originality upholds the value of miniature paintings, leaving his masterpieces hidden gems in the sea of mass produced replicas. He has left his mark in India on famed structures like Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister’s Residence, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Metro Stations and Anandpur Saheb Museum.
Weaving Threads of Tradition.....
Kilim rugs are the perfect product that stands for the amalgamation of modernity with traditional handicrafts. These rugs flat weave tapestries, popularly used as decorative floor coverings in modern house décor, add a vintage layer to the contemporary setting. Deftly created by interweaving the multiple coloured wefts and warps together, this craft requires utmost patience and persistence, both of which Mr. Ahmad is a master. He beams with pride as he speaks of a Mughal Hunting design he once carved, patiently weaving half an inch every day for fifteen gruesome months. The elegant design stands for every bit of his hard work. A National Award recipient himself, his interest in the craft was inspired by his father who was himself a National and Shilp Guru Award winner for his kilim rug weaving skills. As a pioneering handicraft artist himself, Mr. Ahmad wishes that the dexterous craft continues to thrive and provides training to ensure the same. We are proud to showcase his meticulously woven products on Craft Maestros.
Paradise in a paper (mache) bowl
Kashmir has served as inspiration for many artists, but none have brought to life the beauty of the valley like the paper-mache artists, who depict the motifs of this paradise on earth with a rare elegance. Among all of the paper-mache artists, Mr. Khan stands tall. Honing his paper-mache skills since the age of 15, his work is rare for its deftness, detail, vibrancy, and elegance. Hold his work in your hand and you will be transported to the brooks, lakes, and orchards of Kashmir. A National Award winner, he is committed to seeing that this art-form is passed on to future generations and has trained over 60 students. We are honored to curate some of his finest works
Carving Culture in Brass
Travel can be a great teacher, turning even seasoned professionals into awestruck students. Surinder’s story is the perfect example of this axiom. Traveling through South India, he found himself mesmerized by the brass figurines he encountered in the temples and palaces. It was as if he had found his calling and he decided to spend the rest of his life in close relationship with this art-form. He spent countless hours learning to mold this metal, in constant pursuit of the perfection he had witnessed on this travels. Years later, it was this precision, passion, and persistence that resulted in him being awarded the National Award for Brass Engravings in 2009. A successful businessman, Surinder says that he is still chasing his ideal of creating that perfect brass engraving. We are glad that he is pursuing that dream in collaboration with Craft Maestros.
The Fragrance of Heritage Craftsmanship
Mr. Jangid was a child with a very vivid imagination. He saw beauty and art in things which others discarded as mundane. When kids his age would play the fool with fallen branches of trees, the visionary in him would see a piece of art in them. Behind the shielding bark and between the tender fibers of these branches was an intricate story, a story Mr. Jangid knew he had to unfold to the world. Soon enough, he began exhibiting great histories and epic mythologies to the world, carved into shells as small as a wheat grain. With talent this extraordinary and imagination this transcendental, it wasn’t long before Mr. Jangid was showered with recognition. Recipient of the National Award in 2011, he deems passion alone as the guiding light for his work. As his fingers meander their way through a block of sandalwood, fragrant with tradition and culture, they leave behind a vibrant narrative, immortalizing history, a task as great as stitching the fabric of time itself. His work is his meditation, making him the best at what he does.
Carving Lives in Gold
At the age of just fourteen years, Mr. Soni found his calling when he carved a piece in a competition that the judges could not believe could have been made by a fourteen-year-old! Inspired by the acclamation of the judges and his father’s skills in the field, Mr. Soni pursued the sophisticated and rigorous craft of Thewa Jewellery. Traditionally used to depict the art and culture of the Mughal period, Thewa jewellery throbs with life and elegance. Mr. Soni’s expertise in the craft is evident from his work on a six-inch box that took him five years’ worth of precision and steady hard work. Thewa jewellery requires an infusion of intricate gold-work on delicate glass, easily breakable but Mr. Soni has mastered this skill and his years of experience earned him a national award in 2016. Craft Maestros is pleased to present Mr. Soni’s brilliant and unique work.
Block Printing his way towards exquisite designs
An important and popular component of India's rich heritage for centuries now, block printing is an ancient technique used for printing detailed and rich patterns. A part of this printing process requires hot beeswax, custard oil, raisins and colour to be poured on the fabric and the task to be performed within seconds as the wax cools down. Mr. Kumar puts his deft and nimble skills on display every time he performs this deed with utmost perfection. His mastered skills magically transform an ordinary piece of cloth into a magnificent piece embellished with rare and sustainable designs. His began an organization as an initiative to revitalize and revive the dying art of block printing, which has now established its reputation because of its exquisite designs, devotion to quality and vibrant colour schemes bringing out the traditional patterns of Indian heritage back to the forefront of contemporary fashion. Craft Maestros is proud to associate with his skills and his brand.
Transforming Wood into Art.....
Nestled in narrow lanes of Daryaganj amidst the smells of biryani and metal, resides an artist whose eyes light up as he sits down with his tools daily and begins to carve magic with them. Mr. Khan has taken the craft of wood carving to new heights with his extremely intricate signature jali work. Every morning, Mr. Khan sits in his house with his hand-carved tool, barma, resembling a musician playing his sarangi, the rhythmic sound of carving resounding like music to the ears. The craft called out to him from an early age as he watched his father carve a regal panel and dreamt to replicate the beauty of it. He was graced with the National Award in 2004 for a lamp he carved with various wood panels each of which features a distinct jali work inspired by his imagination and Mughal architecture. Unrivalled in his craft and designs, Mr. Khan is also a firm believer in passing his skill down to the coming generations to ensure its continuity.
Chiseling Art in Gemstones
They say that persistence is the key to success and Mr. Sirohiya’s fine work brings this idea to life. A self-taught artist, it was his persistence and dedication to the art that allowed his talent to bloom. While playing with clay in his house, Mr. Sirohiya realized his hands had a natural talent for carving. At an early age, his talent was recognized and awarded by his school; his piece found a place in the school’s prestigious Saraswati temple. This early recognition propelled him to follow his calling. The first-ever recipient of a National Award in the category of gemstone carving, Mr. Sirohiya possesses 25 years of experience in the field and dreams of creating a global following for this art-form. His masterpiece is a finely carved six-inch ruby that places Lord Ganesh at the center of the natural world under the adoring gaze of the Shakti goddess.
Inlaying Magic in Wood
In a small workshop located in a city that’s constantly struggling to adapt to the rapidity of change around it, a 250 years old legacy sustains itself with pride in the craft of bone inlay. The only things you’ll find in Mr. Dhawan’s workshop are wood, bones and some tools out of which he creates magic as he listens to Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar melodies. Innovation runs wild within the four walls of this workshop which is why Mr. Dhawan never plans a design, instead, he lets the creativity engulf him and guide his hands. Mr. Dhawan’s skilled hands breathe life into mundane things like wood and bone. A retrophile at heart, he recycles waste wood to salvage its rich hues and antique designs. A winner of the National and the Shilp Guru Award, Mr. Dhawan holds sixty years of experience in this craft with which his bond was established the moment he was born.
Weaving Threads of Culture
Nestled between the snow-clad valleys of Kullu is Mr. Gulab's cozy workshop, abuzz with dedicated weavers. A skilled weaver himself, Mr. Gulab espouses to the notion of maintaining a unique quality and design in each piece that comes from his hands. A romance between his fingers and fine threads births exquisite pieces exhibiting intricate designs. Even after having traveled the world, Mr. Gulab is still deeply rooted in his local traditions and ensures that his culture shines through in each piece of his. He was awarded the National Award in 2004 for a handspun and handwoven pattu, a traditional dress popularly flaunted by Himalayan women
Imprinting finesse and tradition
Amidst the smells of colours and the cyclical sounds of dattas (blocks), hustles Mr. Dhanopia in his block printing workshop. While managing five things at a time, Mr. Dhanopia is always in a hurry but he will gladly spare five minutes only to enlighten you about his craft. A two-time National Award winner, his eyes light up as he brings out his exquisite award-winning pieces. In an age when originality is dying a slow death in the industry of handicrafts, Mr. Dhanopia is a firm believer in innovation and fine work, both of which shine brilliantly in each of his pieces. We are honoured to host his work on our site.