Sunday, August 14 // 12 to 6
The Art Alliance is pleased to announce the re-opening of its pop-up shop with work by the artisans of the Craft Council of West Bengal. Come by the PAA to see silk scarves, gorgeous saris, hand-painted textiles, ceramics, bronze sculpture, jewelry, and more.
Open by appointment during gallery hours, Tuesday–Sunday, 12–6,
through August 14, 2016
To make an appointment, call 215-545-4302 or email email@example.com
The Goddess Durga (Sanskrit, literally “inaccessible”) presides over the wares on offer. Made in Kolkata and blessed before her journey to the United States, the Durga is a powerful female deity in the Hindu religion and the focus of an important puja, or festival, in the region of Bengal.
Kantha. Elaborate embroidery, often made of multiple layers of cloth stitched together. Often depicts scenes from folk tales, or traditional patterns and designs. Take a closer look at the many intricate kantha embroideries on view at the PAA.
Indigo. The most precious dye, indigo has a myriad of shades from deep to pale blue. Be sure to check out these diaphanous hand-dyed indigo scarves embroidered with silver thread.
Batik. Wax-resistant batik is one of the oldest methods dyeing methods still practiced. At the PAA, we have a range of hand dyed batik silk scarves in brilliant colors.
CERAMICS & BRONZE
Lost wax bronze casting. An ancient art form, Indian artisans continue to practice lost wax bronze casting. We have numerous smaller objects, as well as an impressive bronze Ganesh (the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles, among his other talents).
Ceramics. We have work from several potters, ranging in style from traditional to more modern.
JEWELRY & SILVER FILIGREE
Handcrafted jewelry. Traditional techniques take modern forms.
Silver filigree. Tiny silver threads, cleverly twisted together to form intricate designs.