Indian Brass Pendant Light
$459.00|Made in India
The Indus Valley Civilization is the oldest on the Indian Subcontinent and was where the oldest Dhokra figure – known as the Dancing Girl – was found. Whilst many aspects of the ancient civilization have receded into the mists of time, the process of lost wax casting continues to be practiced by traditionally trained and highly skilled artisans in the area. Nividia Malhotra was trained, tutored and advised by these artisans, and works to keep the process alive in her wonderful work. Blending traditional craft with contemporary taste, these lamps are handmade, making each as unique as the ancient figures unearthed in the ruins of the Indus Valley, a true piece of living culture which carries within it 4,000 years of tradition.
H: 9.06x D: 8.27 inches
The Indian Brass Pendant Light is a lamp that brings this country’s rich culture straight to your livingroom. Artisans practiced the ancient process of lost wax casting in India for 4,000 years to create beautiful metal objects. Nivida Malhotra, a native designer from the state of Chhattisgarh, has collaborated with traditionally trained Dhokra artisans. Therefore, she produces stunning contemporary pieces through the richly historic process. Nivida’s pod collection takes inspiration from the emblematic pod of the lotus flower, native to the region.
Much like the lotus flower, which grows from muddy ponds to bloom into a magnificent specimen, the craft of Dhokra also begins with mud, before blossoming into something altogether more spectacular. A group of Dhokra artisans taught Nivida the techniques that passed down through generations.
The young Indian designer makes these Indian lamps with a level of creativity and innovation that transcends academic rigor and demonstrates her talents. Consequently blending a process steeped in cultural history with her unique aesthetic taste; thus creating pieces which both spread awareness of this historic craft and liven up any home.
One of the earliest known lost wax artefacts is the dancing girl of Mohenjo-daro. The product of dhokra artisans is in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. The lost wax technique for casting of copper based alloys has also been found in China, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Central America, and other places.
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