The Fine Arts of India Etched On Stainless Steel To Create Beautiful Name Plates

An artist created contemporary designs using five traditional Indian art forms. We etched these designs onto beautiful stainless steel name plates so you can take them home.

India is a vibrant land, rich in culture and diversity. One vital facet of our heritage that has survived the test of time is India’s numerous traditional art forms that are still practiced by artisans and craftspersons to this day. In an effort to contemporarise some of these ancients arts, we had artists create beautiful designs for five traditional art forms. These designs were then etched onto stainless steel name plates, so you can take home a little slice of Indian art and history.

1. Meet the Warlies

The Warlies (or Varlis) are an indigenous tribe living in the mountainous and coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Their graphic, earthy, and geometric fine art is appreciated far and wide across the globe. How eye-catching would it be to have this beautiful design sensibility on a nameplate?

2. An Ikat above the rest

Ikat is a weaving style common to many world cultures. It is probably one of the oldest forms of textile decoration. However, it is most prevalent in Indonesia, India and Japan. In Central and South America ikat is still common in Argentina, Bolivia, Eduador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Ever wondered how this ancient and world-renowned art form might lend itself to nameplates?

3. The home of Lipan Kaam

As you make your way through the vast stretches of the Indian side of the world’s greatest salt desert (the Great Rann of Kutch), you will come across the odd bhunga (mud house) with walls beautifully-decorated in mostly circular mirror-work. This is Lipan Kaam. How might this organic and gorgeous art form look on nameplates?

4. A fresh take on Madhubani

Madhubani or Mithila painting is practiced in the Mithila region of India and Nepal. Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments. It is characterized by mesmeric geometrical patterns and earthy motifs. What would a nameplate with Mithila paintings look like?

5. Reimagining Bidri

The fine art of Bidri takes its name from the place where it originated, Bidar, Karnataka. It’s also known as Bidriware. It is a distinctive form of metal handicraft that was developed in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans. Can this epic and extraordinary art form be viewed through a contemporary lens?

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Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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    Roop October 05, 2017

    Warli art is so beautiful, I saw some warli print on ready mate garments and they looking so beautiful.
    thanks for sharing this information

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