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 ancient process of Dhokra, or lost wax casting, has been practiced on the Subcontinent for 4,000 years to create diverse, beautiful metal objects. Nivida Malhotra, a young Indian designer from the state of Chhattisgarh, has collaborated with traditionally trained Dhokra artisans to produce 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 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 traditionally trained Dhokra artisans from the village of Ekatal taught Nivida the craft that has been passed down through generations and helped her develop these three beautiful designs, which form part of her graduation project.
These lamps are made with a level of creativity and innovation that transcends academic rigor and demonstrates the talents of the young Indian designer, 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.
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