Why Buy From Nepal? Hand Embroidered Cushion Covers
Jano’s Bazaar speaks about perceptual value of products from far off land - Nepal. We aim to appeal to the connoisseur in you, and simultaneously help struggling craftsmen. With our collection of out of the ordinary products we wish you see the vibrancy that exists away from home.
Jano has come across interesting tales throughout her vast travels. Today, let’s tour through phases in which modern art changed lives, land, and more.
Art Transcends Language and Time
It’s surprising to find pillow covers hand embroidered with ‘modern art’ thousands of miles away from where the art style developed. Duly, if you appreciate the madness modern art has introduced in the world, these pillow covers from Nepal will brighten up your home with meaning.
Art of abstract artists such as Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky and Joan (Juan) Miro, Henry Mattise and more is available in a few nooks and crannies. These covers are beautiful replicas reflecting original colours from paintings and crafted from softest Australian wool.
Unsurprisingly, these pieces of art are from Kashmir, owing to villainy of Nepal’s markets. We just had to figure out how modern art captured interest of handicraftsmen in Kashmir.
The Tale of Kashmir and Modern Art
“Art is a living voice from the past, sometimes the only voice and no history of revolution can be complete or valid that has not listened to this voice.”-Herbert Read, English art historian
It is a well-known fact that art was a weapon for resistance during Kashmir’s struggle against the British reign. Somehow, apart from folk art, modern art seeped into the local’s daily affairs of earning a living. Vast and in-depth studies had revealed that Kashmir was a leader in appreciation of modern art among a few other areas under British rule.
The story of modern art in Jammu and Kashmir starts with the opening of a technical school in the beginning of the 20th century, at Srinagar, Jammu, specifically in Anantnag and Mirpur (now in in India). Though, this was only possible because western realism was introduced through water colors and oil paintings by armature European tourists.
Before Kashmiris began they’re fight for freedom, these schools were revitalizing local craft by teaching locals floral design, drawing, painting, and clay modelling along with subjects like smithy, willow work, wool work and more. These schools were head mastered by leaders who closely followed trends in western art and spread the word of modernist realism as it evolved.
During the partition of India and Pakistan in 1951, these technical institutes were shut. Many of the trained students became either teachers in institutes or drawing teachers in various local schools. Consequently, people enthralled by the genre passed on the flare for such art.
That’s about how much hazed history allows us to know, and the rest of the story belongs to mysterious happenstances of time and fate.
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