The one thing that is always striking about India are the colours that are bright, beautiful and vibrant. Then, it’s the Indian people who are also bright and beautiful. In India, you find all kinds of people with different cultures, faiths, foods, music, fashions and different belief systems.
On top of that you have the amazing palaces and heritage sites, various kinds of architecture, extraordinary markets, beautiful shopping and while this may sound like a travelogue, it is not. It’s the fact that India, with over 29 states, seven Union territories and a population that is well over one billion, manages to hold it all together. There are so many threads in India, each one coming to a fabric of society.
And then, of course, India is also about fabric, real fabric. These childhood friends from Uttarakhand, fashion designer Tanya Kotnala and her partner Tanya Singh, have formed a company called BHULI (means ‘Little Sister’ in the Garhwali dialect).
Here is their Facebook page: Bhuli.
The childhood friends from Uttarakhand work with a community of weavers and artists from Bhotiya, a community of shepherds and farmers. They weave shawls, carpets, blankets and embroidery. Their style is unique and their skill unrivalled.
Tanya and Tanya, together with the local community, are creating works of art. The art tells a story, each thread woven with absolute precision.
Weavers sing as they weave, drawing thread after thread.
TURNING CULTURE INTO ART
Tanya Kotnala remembers the childhood tunes of her mother. And together, these childhood friends from Uttarakhand, are creating memories, working with a community, weaving stories as art.
You will find fabric depicting images of childhood, young love, weddings, moms and daughters, moms in the fields, dads hard at work, plants, flowers, street scenes and all Indian things.
Also, BHULI manages to get across Indian culture and there are many to get across. They have bridged all divides through art and are also keeping the culture alive.
In fact, Tanya and Tanya are taking an ancient art form and giving it a slightly contemporary feel. In addition to that, with Bhuli art, the duo is really getting India and it’s many cultures out into the open.
These best friends have created something beautiful and we look forward to seeing many more BHULI creations.
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