Paper that glimmers and glistens
The Persian craft of Papier Mache travelled all the way to India in the 14th Century, along with the Iranians. Since then, not only has the scope of the craft expanded exponentially, but so has its design. The gul-andar-gul, bagaldar, gonder, gul-i-wilayat, chinar, gul-i-hazara, and kashaan are a few traditional motifs that continue to retain their timelessness even today. The contemporary Papier Mache art includes motifs inspired by Mughal paintings, folktales and Indian villages. The craft sees the involvement of two sets of artisans, namely- the sakhtasaz, who is involved in the base material preparation and the naqqash, who deals with the designing and polishing. The carefully constructed intricate patterns, glimmering hues, and magnificent colours of the Papier Mache craft can truly ignite the hearts of one and all.