Some chirrups from wilderness ~ Songbird
Of meadows and shaded nests in countryside, these true-sized birds from Ujjain’s Papier Mache craft bring twitter to your living spaces. Each bird is embellished with true to life patterns and colors, and a unique gesture exuding life and gaiety.
Stone, too heavy; metal, too precious; terracotta, too brittle…. Is there something that can be sculpted like clay, yet doesn’t become heavy and easily breakable? Papier Mache, a craft popular around the world, not only completes these requirements, but is also given colour and life-like qualities by the craftsmen of Ujjain and Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
Craftsman Ramkumar Thakur has a fascinating story about how the craft of papier mâché developed and came to him. The king of Gwalior liked to decorate his palace, known as Moti Mahal, with rare pearls and precious stones. Once, a guest laid eyes on a precious string of pearls. The king had no choice but to honour his pride and gave the precious pearls to him. That’s when he asked the craftsman’s grandfather, who was a sculptor in Gwalior at the time, to make imitation pieces to decorate the palace. The proficient sculptor was also skilled in the craft of papier mâché and he brought this craft to the next generations.
|Made by||Shri Trilok Thakur|
|City||Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA|
|Made of||Paper Mache|
|Note||The artifact is brittle, proper care should be taken while handling and placing them. As each piece is hand crafted and unique, expect some variation from shown design.|