Craft &
Culture

Time has a strange way of slipping out of our reach.

It brushes past us, leaving nothing in its wake but a trail of memories - memories that seem fleeting, but live with us over the course of a lifetime. Often our memories are what keep us grounded, tethered to reality in this fast-paced world. It helps us define ourselves; reminding us of our story, our people, our home. These memories are timeless. And things that never grow old are truly the most valuable.

For artists, their craft is a culmination of their memories - narratives that have been handed down from father to son for generations. Their stories have a way of bypassing physical manifestations and etching themselves into the artist’s work. The craft that it attaches itself to thereby represents an everlasting kind of beauty; each artifact unique to its craftsman and the story that he wishes to relay. Journey with Culstreet as we attempt to uncover these tales of art and culture brought straight from the artisan.

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Glory of Mallabhum: Terracotta Horses from Panchmura

Glory of Mallabhum: Terracotta Horses from Panchmura

    In enriching the collective Bengali culture the rural folk elements play an essential role, and the tradition is to be traced back to its ancie...
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Craftswoman of the Month

Craftswoman of the Month

    Breaking a traditional stereotype was difficult in those days when Rajiben began weaving. Back in the 1980’s, the social system prohibited fem...
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Revisit Unseen Manipur with Culstreet

Revisit Unseen Manipur with Culstreet

The attraction of Manipur is not limited to its forests, hills, amazing wildlife or lakes. The state is also home to various tribes that cling to their traditional ways of life. Starting from world’s tallest topiary to the only floating park in the world Manipur houses some of the unique wonders of which we as Indians are proud of.

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Glory of Mallabhum: Terracotta Horses from Panchmura

Glory of Mallabhum: Terracotta Horses from Panchmura

    In enriching the collective Bengali culture the rural folk elements play an essential role, and the tradition is to be traced back to its ancie...

Craftswoman of the Month

Craftswoman of the Month

    Breaking a traditional stereotype was difficult in those days when Rajiben began weaving. Back in the 1980’s, the social system prohibited fem...

Revisit Unseen Manipur with Culstreet

Revisit Unseen Manipur with Culstreet

The attraction of Manipur is not limited to its forests, hills, amazing wildlife or lakes. The state is also home to various tribes that cling to their traditional ways of life. Starting from world’s tallest topiary to the only floating park in the world Manipur houses some of the unique wonders of which we as Indians are proud of.

Festivity Fervour in Chaitra

Festivity Fervour in Chaitra

Here we discuss the New Year celebrations in India in the month of March. March 28 was marked by a number of festivals and New Year celebration in Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur and various other places. While we explore the differences in the communities, we also go all the way to engage ourselves in their themes. Enjoy reading!

Medieval Royal Bidri Art from Bidar

Medieval Royal Bidri Art from Bidar

Bidriware is one of the rarest and most intricate art forms. It paved its path from Iran to India centuries ago. The artists who were residing at Bijapur was brought to Bidar city by Allauddin II of the Bahamani Sultanate in 1436. A few rare Bidriware articles have found its place Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in the National Museum in New Delhi and Indian Museum in Kolkata.

Many Crafts - One Place: Odisha

Many Crafts - One Place: Odisha

During the ancient times, the Kalinga region was untouched by the influence of Brahmanical culture. Most of the local inhabitants of the bygone era...

Firozabad Glass Wonders

Firozabad Glass Wonders

Light always surrounds us during our waking moments in one form or the other. We get greeted by the warm and brilliant rays of sunlight in the morn...

Tribal craft from Panchgani

Tribal craft from Panchgani

Enchant those gift boxes with Rock Dhokra craft items from Panchgani. Tribal flavoured souvenirs from Devrai Art Village turn crude stones into beautiful pieces of art work by fusing brass metal onto them. Crafted with love, these adivasi handicrafts have a culturally rich history.

Embrace the Glaze from Khurja

Embrace the Glaze from Khurja

Khurja Glazed pottery has its roots in the Medieval Indian history. These beautiful ethnic glazed potteries are going to take your breath away with their simplicity and elegance.

We at Culstreet have brought fresh, handmade blue glazed Khurja ceramic potteries for your daily needs. Serves as ideal gifts for any occasion. Decorate your living room with our collections.

Longpi Hamlei: Black Gold of the East

Longpi Hamlei: Black Gold of the East

Fully handcrafted Longpi Hamlei potteries from a small hamlet, Longpi in Manipur are envious possessions. Elevate your stylistic taste with these 100% Eco-friendly, lightweight, fuel efficient gas and microwave friendly cookware and home decor products. Useful for low-fat, oil-free healthy cooking. Even serves as ideal gift sets. Explore more with us!

Kurumba mimesis from the Nilgiris

Kurumba mimesis from the Nilgiris

Imbibe the soulful vibrant Kurumba (tribal) paintings from the Nilgiris. Let them mesmerise you with bright colours. Inspired by 3000 year old rock painting tradition from the ancient days, the art form has gone through a modern makeover. The paintings are inspired by tribal lives, depicting day-to-day activities, whereas some have mythical representation. These paintings reflect a deep religious belief through art.

Craftsman of the Week

Craftsman of the Week

Featuring artisans from around the world, and bringing their stories to you!
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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

Banjara, from Jharkhand!

A lone man walks ahead with all his possession on his shoulders and despite not knowing when he will get there, he knows that he will get there eventually. This magnificent creation is made by an artisan from the Malhore tribe in Jharkhand. Being nomads, they inculcate their ways of life into their art.

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April 13, 2017
Craft of the Month - Bidri

Bidriware is one of the rarest and most intricate art forms in India and across the world.

It paved its path from Iran to India centuries ago. The artists who were residing at Bijapur was brought to Bidar city by Allauddin II of the Bahamani Sultanate in 1436. A few rare Bidriware articles have found its place Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in the National Museum in New Delhi and Indian Museum in Kolkata.

The stunning metallic gloss, artistic patterns of royal Bidricraft have a powerful story to tell. Wrapped in an uncertainty of its origin, the craft is said to have had made its way to India from Persia by the followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is said that Sultan Ahmed Shah Al Wali Bahmani, who was a patron of arts and culture himself, invited an Iranian master craftsman, Abdullah bin Kaiser at his darbar, thereafter, Bidri metal craftsmanship continued to this day among thousands of artists which made this an art of international stature.

The art form is an amalgamation of Turkey, Persia and Arabic countries intermingled with the local styles, and thus, a distinct style was born. The current practitioners are the Muslims and Lingayats. Bidri metal craft is unique in its production. The surprising facts of this craft are that the stunning jet black color comes from the use of local clay of Bidar and the metal does not rust!

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