Tripping on Indian Creativity #15

This fortnightly edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet includes a Taj Mahal carved out of thermocol, a whole set of lifestyle products upcycled from old motorcycle parts, and more.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly/monthly pilgrimage to six of the most creative pieces in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. Welcome.


Open your mind to a different kind of expression. If you can imagine, you should definitely consider taking a leaf out of Somin Jain’s book of fine art leaf painting.

Painting on a Leaf


It takes a very special talent to create something as beautiful and intricate as the Taj Mahal. See how Sushruta Delampady has carved his special version of Shah Jahan’s immortal labour of love.

Taj Mahal carved out of Thermocol


You won’t believe your eyes when you see the beautiful things Joshua Crasta can create with not much more than an open mind and a steadfast commitment to look at seemingly useless things differently. Come on in and take a fresh look at the auto parts of the art of home décor.


There’s a great satisfaction to be derived from working with one’s hands. And when you create something so beautiful it’s definitely worth sharing with the world. Way to go, Rohit Rawat.

Miniature House made from Sun Board


Those with a taste for the sweeter side of life will want to take a big bite out this delicious example of creative thinking and biscuit arrangement from Shital Patel. Dig in.

Biscuit Decoration


For a dainty little basket of ideas that explore the Japanese art of paper folding, take a closer look at these explorations from Aakar Art.

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Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

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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