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Creating an Asian Theme

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 11 Apr 2010 | comments*Discuss
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India is one of the most populous nations in the world. As such, it is culturally diverse. You may want to create an Asian theme in your home using artefacts from India. Here is a guide to get you started.

Hindu Deity Statues

There is a wide range of handcrafted Ganesh statues available, sculpted in wood, marble, bronze and soap stone. They are also available in all its different stances. The statue of Ganesh, the Indian deity of peace and prosperity, emanates positive energy and is also revered as a creative icon in the world of arts and crafts.

Goddess Kali is the multi-armed Goddess of destruction and regeneration. She is often seen standing on a rocky surface, with her right leg on the demon Raktabija, who she has killed.

Indian Paintings

Madhubani Paintings
Indian Madhubani paintings are out of the humble households of Bihar, a state in eastern India. This form of folk painting is popular with collectors. The palette of Indian Madhubani Paintings has spread its colour to international art galleries and homes worldwide.

Warli Paintings
Warli painting, one of the most intriguing forms of Indian folk paintings, is a gift from a small tribe of the same name living in Maharashtra, India. Executed in white on austere mud walls, these tribal paintings are spontaneous expressions of folk life, customs and beliefs. Warli paintings can be purchased as prints on canvass or fabric.

Phad Paintings
Rajasthani Phad paintings reflect the age old tradition of India, handed down from one generation to the other. These can be purchased as traditional Indian cloth paintings.

Fantastic pictorial conceptions, extra-ordinary patterns of line formations and vibrant colours make the ethnic Indian art of Patachitra unique. Patachitra originates out of the religious cult of Lord Jagannath in Puri, Orissa (India).

Glass Paintings
Glass Painting Traditions of India is one of the most refined art forms, which emerged in the state of Gujarat in the beginning of the 18th century. Chinese artists who had settled in the region influenced the local traditions of producing glass paintings. Glass paintings are comprised of engraving laid down on the back of the glass which is painted from the reverse. The glass paintings were noted for their sheer brilliance, stunning clarity and use of rich colours.

Miniature Paintings
Miniature paintings are intricate, colourful handmade illuminations or paintings, small in size, executed meticulously with delicate brushwork. The colours used in the miniature paintings were derived from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. Many of the miniature paintings are based on 'Ragas' or musical codes of Indian classical music. Some of the noted miniature schools were those of Mughals, Rajputs and Deccan.

Batik Art
Batik is a creative art of painting on fabric. It is believed to have originated in Antiquity and is still a living art in India and other parts of the world. This traditional handicraft uses 'wax resist technique' for dyeing fabric. In India, the art of Batik has flourished in West Bengal and Chennai.

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