I am a sucker for mud walls.Ask me if i want to live with glass walls or mud walls i would take mud in a heartbeat!
We here @ TGE come across artisans creating fascinating products day after day. So when i came across this book i had to share it with you.
For generations, the women of the Meena tribe in India's Rajasthan
state have been decorating the walls and floors of their homes with a
stunning form of public art both graphic and decorative known as Mandana
painting, using a white paste made of rice and milk to paint intricate
motifs on these mud-brown mud surfaces. This remarkable craft is passed
down from mother to daughter, and the drawings themselves often depict
maternal motifs of birds and animals with their young.
The book itself is a piece of art, printed on thick brown
craft-paper that mirrors the mud walls of Meena homes and silk-screened
by hand in Tara Books' fair-trade workshop in Chennai. Each image in
every book is thus an original print, and the pages themselves emit the
rich earthy smell of artisan craft.
There is something very moving about the way these humble
women are driven to be creative, in a lived, everyday sense. It gives us
much to reflect on what we take for granted as the provenance of art:
for one, their painting is not the unique creation of any single
individual but a tradition grown in a community. The work is not
produced for a market, but for themselves, as well as the community at
large. And viewed in the context of their lives, art doesn't seem to be a
luxury that has to be bought by opportunities and free time. --Gita Wolf
Between the breathtaking silkscreens you'll find vibrant full-color
photographs that offer a glimpse of the lives of these extraordinary
Meena artists and contextualize the Mandana artwork in its place in the
local community, revealing a kind of authenticity foreign to our culture
of conjoined art and commerce. Nurturing Walls sets ajar the door to a fascinating world where beauty, community, and tradition live in their purest, most inspired form.
PHOTO CREDIT: NURTURING WALLS