Beautiful Embroidery works by an Indian housewife

Environment of a village hut. Observe how different colour threads are carefully used here.
Environment of a village hut. Observe how different colour threads are carefully used here. | Source
A poor man's hut in a village
A poor man's hut in a village | Source
Portrait of Saint Meera Bai, who lived in 16th century This is sewn on blue cloth
Portrait of Saint Meera Bai, who lived in 16th century This is sewn on blue cloth | Source
Portrait of Dr.D.R.Bendre,who was a famous poet in Kannada.Working on portraits is much difficult, as details like shape of the nose, eyes etc, cannot go wrong
Portrait of Dr.D.R.Bendre,who was a famous poet in Kannada.Working on portraits is much difficult, as details like shape of the nose, eyes etc, cannot go wrong | Source
Mrs. Shashikala S Bhat, doing her embroidery work at  her home
Mrs. Shashikala S Bhat, doing her embroidery work at her home | Source
Another beautiful Embroidery work..Here, famous Kannada novelist,Dr.Shivarama Karanth is shown as if moving to horizonThis indicates his passing away
Another beautiful Embroidery work..Here, famous Kannada novelist,Dr.Shivarama Karanth is shown as if moving to horizonThis indicates his passing away | Source

A rural artist

In a couple of my previous hubs i had tried to zoom the talent of Indian housewives who are neither much educated nor officials,but have proven talent in artistic works.In this hub i venture to introduce another talented house maker in Rural India, who is good at creating exclusively fine thread embroidery works of high quality.

Mrs.Shashikala

She is Mrs.Shashikala S Bhat,living in an interior village called Bayar In Kasaragod taluk and district, in Kerala state. though it officially belongs to Kerala state, in is a border place that is more attached to Mangalore -a famous coastal city in Karnataka state.The people of this district of Kasaragod, have their business and relations more with Karnataka, than with Kerala.

Life

Mrs.Shashikala( Means-one with a moon's luster),is now 61,her date of birth being June 10th,1952.She was born at Perla village,in the same district.Her education could go only up to school final level (Matriculate) ,as there was no further convenience for study near her home village.She got married to an young agriculturist in the neighboring Bayaru village,in the same taluk, in the year 1970,when she was 18 years old. Leading the family as the elder daughter in law, she wanted to do something artistic to make good use of her leisure time.Her husband Mr. Sreepati Bhat was a cool tempered person from the beginning and his younger brother Krishnaraj , a science graduate, was a person with innovative ideas.Gradually she was attracted to make new experiments in embroidery work , using only needle and color threads.Home people encouraged her.She started new ventures to draw portraits, landscapes etc that she saw in paintings or photos, and went on converting them into thread work.

pain taking work

That was a pain taking task. She had to do it manually alone. Machine embroidery never used to come so satisfactorily with minute details. Every work used to take two to three months,at the rate of two hours work per day.But working for it is her obsession.She won't get pace of mind if she doesn't at least some minutes on that work. That much involvement has made her art appear so fine.

Felicitations and rewards

Her works are exhibited at various functions like literary meets,cultural fest etc,in the local area.Famous artist from Karnataka Mr.B.K.S.Varma, has written about her in a leading Kannada periodical.Some organizations have honored her.

But, without getting any feeling of proud , Mrs.Shashikala is continuing her artistic creations for her own pleasure, in her cool happy home

She could be contacted through her brother-in- law's email : krishnarajbayar@gmail.com

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ratnaveera 3 years ago from Cumbum

Very Interesting Hub! All these embroidery works are really great! Yes! I believe that each work will take at least two or more months to complete. Really it would be amazing to see them in person. Thanks a lot for sharing your great experience! Best Wishes and congratulations for that great lady Mrs.Shashikala S Bhat. Voted Up!


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prasadjain 3 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you Mr. Rathnaveera.Happy to receive this appreciation from a renowned fellow hubber.

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