Tripping on Indian Creativity #16

This fortnightly edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet includes a 3D origami swan made from 2500 A4 paper sheets, batik paintings, 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.


The very talented and hardworking Amy Khandediya introduces us to her world of creative ideas and inspiration through this fresh, colourful, intricate, and ornate take on the good old ring ceremony.

Ring Ceremony Tray

Ring Ceremony Tray


If you’re nuts about creativity, you’ll love this cute creation by Aparna Raghuwanshi that uses little more than pistachio shells, a standard switchboard, and loads of imagination.

Switchboard Art made from Painted Pistachio Shells

Switchboard Art made from Painted Pistachio Shells


Is there a creative gene that gets transmitted from generation to generation? We aren’t sure. Do take a look at this mandala work on canvas from Sunita Ladha’s daughter and draw your own conclusions.

Mandala Work on Canvas

Mandala Work on Canvas


Batik is a technique of creating patterns in wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth. See what Reva Singh has done with it.

Batik Painting - Two Sisters

Batik Painting – Two Sisters

Batik Painting - Mahakaal

Batik Painting – Mahakaal


Without using glue or any adhesive, how do you assemble a 3D paper swan that weighs about 15 kgs using 2500 sheets of A4 paper? Ask Malay Ramesh.

3D Origami Swan

3D Origami Swan assembled without glue. The model made from 2500 sheets of A4 paper and weighs 15 kg.


If you want to know how to take an earthenware pot, some disposable cups, a little cloth, a few beads, and turn it into an adorable doll, talk to Pooja Mahle.

Doll made of disposable cups and small earthen pots

Doll made of disposable cups and small earthen pots

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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