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Artistic cotton garlends from India

Updated on December 6, 2009

Unbelievable designs

  Look at the fine garlends in the photograph above. They are made up of just otton .only.pure cotton fibres are  taken, flattened or twisted like a thread according to the necessity of the design,glittering colour papers are cut and pasted here and there for shine and colouring, and lo! the garlend is ready! See how artistic these garlends are! And, how talented these artists must be!

Being artistic work,these non-textile garlends are loved by many. The women who prepare these are praised for their artistic ability. These are not decorative fabrics. These garlends are for worship purpose, though they serve decorative purpose also.They r egood artistic models.

Such artistic garlends are prepared in different parts of India, especially south India during festive times. They are prepared by  artistic women, just housewives, who donot have high education. But some ladies have taken it as a matter of special interest, and have become experts in it.Garlends in the picture are prepared by one such expert called

Mrs.Shreedevi Gopal,W/O Sri.Gopal,Residing at Anavatti ,a small town in Sorab taluk, Karnataka.

The maker can be contacted at the following address:

Mrs. Sreedevi Gopal

W/O Sri Gopal

P.O.ANAVATTI

TALUK- SORABA

DIST-shivamogga

Karnataka (South India)

Such garlends are used to decorate the idols af gods at festive occassions like- Gowri-Ganesha festival,Dasara , Deepavali, etc.After the festival these things are left into water without any temptation.However, it is not diffiult for traditional Indian housewives to prepare such things once again.

Such cotton garlends are called 'GEJJEVASTRA' in karnataka.

Turmeric powder and holy red powder kumkum are also pasted on these garlends before putting them on the idol, agt the time of worship.

Such things and such traditions pointout towords the blending of aesthetic sense and devotion in Indian culture.

OTHER HANDICRAFTS BY INDIAN WOMEN

mANY iNDIAN WOMEN ARE TALENTED IN MAKLING DOLLS, STATUES OF IDOLS LIKE gANESHA., lAKSHMI, ETC. tHEY ARE GOOD AT KNITTING AND GLASS PAINTING AND FABRIC PAINTING. iT IS INDEED ASHTONING TO OBSERVE THAT ABOUT 70%OF INDIAN WOMEN ARE DOING SUCH WORKS AS THEIR SPARE TIME HOBBIES

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 6 years ago from Tumkur

      Mrs.Vanishri madam,

      The photograph is from the newspaper Prajavani.So i could not get separate photoes. i published this article 4 years ago.But it has not drawn the attention of many. You can write to the address given above.If u want to ask me anything, you can write vis 'contact prasadjain'option in my profile. That comes to my email.Then i can answer your quiries

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      Vanishri Kulkarni 6 years ago

      Thanks for this post. I was looking for this since long.It would have been ideal if the photos of individual gejje vastras were taken with better clarity. I also want to order. my email is koollifervani@yahoo.com

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 10 years ago from Tumkur

      Thaks Mr. Ramnathan and Gilburt, Yes, it is only with cotton It remains for so many days if no water is shed, and carefully handled

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      F.R.Gilburt 10 years ago

      What a fine work of art! is it only with cotton?

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      Rmnathan 10 years ago from Sharjah

      Good piece of information. Thanks prasadjain.

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