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Gola Dandi | Handmade Kalakar Pickoo - Pencil Holder

ABOUT
Hi, I am Kalakar Pickoo - a beautiful peacock and your creative buddy. Complete me by creating my feathers with your colourful pencils, pens, and brushes, your favourite tools that you use for your creativity. Whenever you pick a tool, that will be like picking my feather to create your art. You could also put some knick-knacks as food for me in my bowl. Let`s begin our creative journey. I am crafted with the traditional woodturning technique and finished with natural dye lac by the skilled artisans of Channapatna. Inside the Box - One Kalakar Pickoo, a Potli, an Introduction Card

The beautiful town of Channapatna is located in Karnataka, around 60km from its capital Bengaluru. On the way from Bengaluru to Channapatna, from the highway, you could also see rocky hills where scenes of the movie 'sholey' were shot. The craft of turned wood lac-ware toys is around 200 years old and was introduced in this region during the reign of Tipu Sultan. 

Material

Wood - Traditionally, the most commonly used wood in this process is locally available 'Aale Mara' (Wrightia tinctoria or Ivory Wood). Lac - Lac is a natural and non-toxic resin, derived from the secretion from a tiny insect called 'Laccifer Lacca'. It is approved as a food-grade finish


Machines and Tools



I. Lath Machine.

II. Files and chisels to create different curves, shapes and sizes during turning process.

III. Angle and size measurement tools - Scale, compass, vernier calipers, etc.


1. Curing

After wood is purchased, its cured in natural environment for around a month. The bigger chunks of wood used for containers are hollowed out from inside to speed up the process.


2. Creating a Rainbow

Natural dyes consisting of kumkum, turmeric and indigo are mixed in specific proportions to get tints of VIBGYOR. The number of colour that can be created are limited to the properties of these three natural dyes. For brown colour, Katha (Catechu) is used.


3. Going round and round

A log of wood is turned on lath machine and carved into desired shape and size with the use of tools. This traditional technique of creating circular forms out of a wooden log requires control over tools and hands along with visual perception and intuition. 


4. And a little bit of friction

A stick of coloured lacquer is rubbed against the revolving wooden form. Lacquer transfers to the wood due to friction and heat produced by it. The coating is then finished with dried palm leaves. Oil secreting from the palm leaf mixes with the lacquer, giving it a smooth, shiny finish.



The most important tools are an artisan`s hands and eyes. Even watching an artisan at work is like meditation. It provides immense peace and satisfaction, an experience that is difficult to describe.

Craftsmen
Made by Artisans with Totem Studio
Village Channapatna
Returns and Exchange
Note The products in this category cannot be returned or exchanged.
Material
Made of Hale mara wood with natural lacquer finish
Instruction
About Sizes 25cm length, 8cm width | 300gm.
Care Keep away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not wash or clean the parts with water. In case of any stain, clean with a lightly damp soft cotton cloth and wipe immediately with a dry cloth. Avoid the impact of the colour coating against hard surfaces as it might chip.
Restrictions
COD - Option Not Available

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