Tribal Brass Lamp
$459.00|Made in India
Melding ancient craft with contemporary taste, these three brass lamps are the result one young designer’s desire to renew and reimagine Indian tradition for the modern world. Nivida Malhotra learned the process of Dhokra, or lost wax casting, from the skilled artisans amongst whom the process has been passed down for four millennia, from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. 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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