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New products! Indian art in puzzles

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Redpatang is proud to partner with Puzzle Desh to bring you this exclusive collection of puzzles featuring Indian artwork and mythology.  These unique and classic puzzles feature 10 different designs and are available in 60 and 500 pieces.

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The series covers 3 different art forms Mysore, Madhubani & Orissa Patachitra.

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Introductory offer: Special limited time 20% discount offer on puzzles. Use code PUZZLE20 to take 20% offall puzzles.
(*valid until Feb 1st 2015)

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January 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Diwali gift ideas

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Diwali is around the corner and your gifts are a click away!  Check out some fun ideas to get you inspired

Funny ‘Indian’ Mugs

These ‘Indian’ mugs come in a series of 3You know you’re Indian, Always Indian, Still Indian
You know you are Indian if’….’10 kg rice bag’….’you dont use measuring cups when cooking’…’you love bollywood’…’Maybe because everything you eat is savored in tomato, garlic and onion :)’

Always Indian coffee mug

Always Indian coffee mug

Amar Chitra Katha – The Complete Collection

Calling all Amar Chitra Katha fans!  This gift set is one to be treasured.  The entire collection in a beautifully packaged box set

Amar Chitra Katha - The complete collection

Amar Chitra Katha – The complete collection

Ravan T-Shirt

A modern rendition of an Diwali iconic symbol

Ravana T Shirt

 

Sand Art Rangoli Kit

Back in stock – this popular kit is a lovely way of holding onto the Rangoli art form even after the Diwali season! Rangoli creations can be framed

Sand Art Rangoli kit

Sand Art Rangoli kit

Take $5 off your order of $50 or more by using coupon DWL5 at checkout (valid till Oct 31st 2013).

Its not just a “Phad”

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The Phad painting style originates almost a hundred years ago in Rajasthan India, before the era of television and movies.  This live theatre variation used painted narratives on large pieces of cloth (the cloth itself was called a phad) and songs by bard priests (called Bhopas) to enthrall and captivate audiences.  The narratives were usually based on deities or the life history of heroes.

This art form was traditionally passed on from fathers to sons and done on khadi cloth but today artists have moved to paper versions too.  Colors are used in a fixed order….for eg, yellow for ornaments, orange for limbs and torsos, red for dresses etc.

Pabuji ki phad (Image courtesy Wikipedia)

This vibrant Phad painting called Pabuji ki Phad has been carefully preserved for future generations. Yes the Phad painting style, although obscure, has stood the test of time. Its said that even Amitabh Bachan, the bid B, has had a phad painting created on his life history!

You can teach yourself (and your kids) this ancient art form with the Phad painting kits now available at www.redpatang.com

Phad Painting Kit

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August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

An Indian toy story

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Do you remember the toys you grew up with?  I had a little wooden owl that was simple with bright colors. It did not sing, did not move and maybe you could call it boring?  But I call it timeless – it was part of my make believe stories and one person plays and I remember it even today.   If you are looking for beautiful toys of yesteryear, look no further.

Between Bangalore and Mysore lies a small town called Channapatna.  Artisans in this town are keeping their toy making legacy alive today as they work with Maya Organic – an NGO that helps the toy makers earn a decent living from this dying art.

Image courtesy: Maya Organic

Using renewable hale wood, the artisans hand craft these beautiful toys and color them using natural dyes like turmeric and kum kum.  A coloured lac* stick is pressed against the wood while it is turning on the lathe. The lac melts due to the frictional heat and sticks to the wood.

Merry tops

Ma-Me-Pa

Gorgeous, aren’t they? These beautiful toys recently made a splash due to Michelle Obama’s interest during her last India trip.

*Lac is an organic non-toxic finish and can be used in food as well as non- food products. It has a tenacious adhesive quality sticking to anything from porous wood to glossy smooth surfaces.

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May 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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