Silk Paintings – The Heritage Collection

Silk paintings are an exquisite form of art done with delicate precision and advanced technique. Silk paintings are created on white silk. The dyes are painted onto the stretched surface of the silk using a paintbrush. The dyes flow into the fiber and bond with the proteins, becoming a part of the silk thread. Silk paintings are different from oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints as these art forms sit on the surface of the support unlike silk paintings, which bond with the fiber itself. Silk paintings are lightfast and washable as the dyes are locked into the fiber20
The history of this art form suggests that this technique of painting has been used for a very long time. In the early 19th century, the discovery of Gutta lead to the resurgence of interest in silk painting in France. Gutta is a rubbery resist that can be used to create boundary lines on a silk. Without the Gutta boundaries on silk, dyes that normally would flow through the silk. Gutta gives artists control over positioning the dyes on the fabric and thereby, allowing them to create images. Over the years, artists have been adopting newer techniques such as the use of dye thickener or an antifusant on the surface of the silk to slow the progress of the dyes through the silk. 19

 

CheerKart has brought this beautiful form of art to their online platform and aims to make it accessible to everyone. The partnered artisans at CheerKart can make these exquisite paintings in any size. All original Rajasthani art forms such as Bikaner Chitra Shaili and Kishangarh Chitra Shaili are available. Silk paintings are an exquisite form of art done with delicate precision and advanced technique. Silk paintings are created on white silk. The dyes are painted onto the stretched surface of the silk using a paintbrush. The dyes flow into the fiber and bond with the proteins, becoming a part of the silk thread. Silk paintings are different from oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints as these art forms sit on the surface of the support unlike silk paintings, which bond with the fiber itself. Silk paintings are lightfast and washable as the dyes are locked into the fiber. 3
The history of this art form suggests that this technique of painting has been used for a very long time. In the early 19th century, the discovery of Gutta lead to the resurgence of interest in silk painting in France. Gutta is a rubbery resist that can be used to create boundary lines on a silk. Without the Gutta boundaries on silk, dyes that normally would flow through the silk. Gutta gives artists control over positioning the dyes on the fabric and thereby, allowing them to create images. Over the years, artists have been adopting newer techniques such as the use of dye thickener or an antifusant on the surface of the silk to slow the progress of the dyes through the silk.
CheerKart believes that this art form needs greater recognition.  They customize each painting as per ones requirements to add a personal touch. You can give the size and style of the painting and they will deliver it to you as per your liking. All original Rajasthani art forms such as Bikaner Chitra Shaili and Kishangarh Chitra Shaili are available.

In conversation with Madhumita, Founder of CheerKart.com.

In conversation with Madhumita, Founder of CheerKart.com.  http://conflatingvisions.com/2016/02/in-conversation-with-madhumita-arolker-founder-of-cheerkart/

In Conversation with Madhumita Arolker, Founder of CheerKart

Stoles and You: 5 Stole Styling Tips

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Stoles, Scarves and Shawls are totally synonymous with each other for today’s fashionistas. While it may be surprising to know that the three little words above owe their ancestry to different places, at different times and for different purposes. Stoles are believed to have found its origin during the biblical times where Jesus used to clean his disciples feet with it and then it started being used by the priests. Scarves were used by Roman men to keep clean from the sweat in warm weather while shawls were woven on Pashmina by the Kashmiris in the 1600s to keep warm.  One thing common in them was that they were all used by men initially.

Now that women realized that the three S’s could be gracefully used by them, they also innovated new styling techniques with these accessories.

Let’s discuss the top 5 ways to use the three S’s in order…

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Stoles and You: 5 Stole Styling Tips

Stoles, Scarves and Shawls are totally synonymous with each other for today’s fashionistas. While it may be surprising to know that the three little words above owe their ancestry to different places, at different times and for different purposes. Stoles are believed to have found its origin during the biblical times where Jesus used to clean his disciples feet with it and then it started being used by the priests. Scarves were used by Roman men to keep clean from the sweat in warm weather while shawls were woven on Pashmina by the Kashmiris in the 1600s to keep warm.  One thing common in them was that they were all used by men initially.

Now that women realized that the three S’s could be gracefully used by them, they also innovated new styling techniques with these accessories.

Let’s discuss the top 5 ways to use the three S’s in order to give you a different look every time:

Sport a killer biker’s look: Team up an artistic stole with a white half sleeves T-shit and blue denim. Wear your high-neck brown moots and do not forget to wear that attitude without which no look is complete…Your aviator sunglasses would definitely complement the attire..

A Formal Corporate look: What works better than a pure silk stole neatly draped around your neck on a business suit? A pair of stilettos, a stone studded silver watch and silver ear studs would add to the glory.

A desi girl look: Well, there’s a difference between a desi girl look and the so called “behenji” look and I’m sure all you girls out there would agree with me! It all depends on how you carry the yourself in that attire…Always remember, we do not accessorize to hide anything but to accentuate our style quotient…therefore stop wearing a stole because you are told that you have to…wear it in style and wear it your way in the color combination you feel is right for your kurti or salwar kameez…My personal style is Pure Cotton kurti in a pastel shade on blue denim with a bright color stole or a shawl (my favorite would be a stole with with mural paintings) draped around my neck (some of my draping styles mentioned below)..I don’t mind carrying  a bright colored scarf instead of a stole with this attire… 😉

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Of course a beat the winters look: This is one of my most favorite looks but Alas! Hardly get a chance to flaunt this one..Hardly any winters in Goa. A chequered woollen shawl around your head and shoulders with your black long coat and high boots with black wayfarers is the smartest of all the looks. Check it out the next time if you already haven’t.

A casual matter-of-fact look: A shawl can be very handy if you are stepping into a theatre or a shopping mall or even offices as the centralized Air conditioning is not customized to suit everyone’s needs..So why carry the shawl in your bag for such times? Just drape it around yourself casually and be a head turner for your beautiful collection and your unique style..

I feel there’s no good or bad style, it’s all about how you carry yourself around. Don’t forget to wear that smile with attitude…

Style tip: Infuse art in your style and that speaks volumes about your personality in unspoken words…

 

Wondering what is Art without Utility? Crochet Products are Tailor-Made for you.

Often we appreciate artistic stuff and simply stop at that, it’s because we feel that art has its own space and therefore doesn’t really matter beyond making a gesture of appreciation. If you are caught with that kind of imagination, perhaps it’s time to look around for some of the most amazing things happening around the native art, culture and traditional stuff. For instance, many of the unique corporate gifts are exclusively designed with crochet, they don’t fail to impress.

Crochet Visiting Card Holder

Crochet Visiting Card Holder

Crochet File holder

Crochet File holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Stationary Holders

Crochet Stationary Holders

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These are highly desirable and premium choice products that are professionally used for routine purposes. Some are popular and fast moving, crochet visiting card holders, crochet pen stand and crochet pen toppers are among the best.

Crochet Pen Stand

Crochet Pen Stand

Crochet Pen toppers

Crochet Pen toppers

They virtually replace the paper made products which is considered as yet another matured step towards creating eco friendly business environment by several proactive corporate houses. In the past, they showed their inclination towards recycled and handmade paper products over manufactured plastic and today there is more scope with crochet products.

Crochet Photo Frame

Crochet Photo Frame

Your choice of crochet photo frames, crochet key rings and crochet mobile covers will also make a clear statement, suggesting your commitment towards healthy eco systems.

Crochet Mobile Pouch

Crochet Mobile Pouch

Crochet Mobile Pouch

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Extra comforts, longevity and stylish appeal are the ultimate advantages you can’t resist either. Not surprisingly, crochet on the spot gifts has become a new trend for obvious reasons.

Crochet Fridge Magnets

Crochet Fridge Magnets

Crochet Coasters

Crochet Coasters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about crochet, you may never want to resist the temptation of owning more and that way you will have a great collection to share it with your friends and loved ones. Moreover it’s a genuine art one may never cease to admire; you can very well make it a part of your lifestyle preferences.

Crochet Multipurpose Wall Hanging

Crochet Multipurpose Wall Hanging

Crochet Minions

Crochet Minions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out CheerKart, an inspiring platform for unique ideas and artistic value. Every tad of a crochet collection you would love for yourself is just a click away.

What is it about Kutch and its craftmanship?

It is more than fascinating to know some of the finest details about Indian art and culture that invariably has the footprints of an artistic imagination. Handicraft and embroidery are key aspects of our rich, traditional and native practices, which are now finding their place in the modern day fashion and lifestyle scenarios. Talking about hand embroidered products is shallow and incomplete without reflecting up on the Kutch Handicraft products, mirror work blouses, sling bags and potlis represent the uniqueness of Kutch’s landscape of innovation.

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People familiar with ancient handicraft practices often credit the introduction of mirror work to the creative thinking of Kutch craftsmen. It is their passion for brighter colors, flashy and attractive outfits that is often remembered as the real inspiration behind many awe inspiring designs. Tote bags and party clutches or purses are some of the relatively recent editions of the same genera.

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If you are wondering what really differentiates Kutch Handicraft from other traditional handicraft products, the answer lies in the nature of products itself. These are regular utility products you can wear and carry along which is different from the ones that are used for mere display or to enrich your home décor. Kutch is an integral facet of Gujarat and not surprisingly its culture is reflected in the fashion sense of Gujarati people, and the same culture is appreciated by the people of neighboring states. You will also appreciate the growing empathy with products and solutions that redefine the regional identities.

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Did you know the significance of Mirror work in Kutch embroidery? Well since its an artwork from the deserts, only mirror signals work around the year and can save lives if one is lost in its vastness. It’s the ancient S.O.S. system that still works. Interesting, isnt’t it ?

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Now that you want to explore more Kutch Handicraft collections, you can very well do it at the comfort of your home. Check out CheerKart, a premium and reliable online store dedicated for traditional artistic products, you can always vouch for an inspiring collection.

Visit http://www.cheerkart.com to avail of the flat 20% December Frenzy discount offer. Hurry!

 

 

3 Things that make a celebrity look the way she does ….

Whats so special about a celebrity? Fame, looks, popularity etc.

Lets look at it this way:

  1. It’s mostly about what she thinks about herself and how much she believes in  what she does
  2. The confidence exudes in her personality giving her an edge over the mediocre
  3. The clothes she wears and the way she grooms herself up

If we start from point no.3, its not that difficult to get there step by step. These day its really easy to get the most fashionable dresses at the most affordable pricing at the click of a mouse.

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There are a lot of amazing year end offers online. visit http://bit.ly/1HHKFgO for one of the best online deals available. Use coupon code CKCHRIS15 to get a 20% discount on the already amazing prices.

December Frenzy

Be Happy ! Believe in yourself as you are a celebrity in your own domain…..Spread the Cheer!

8 quick Home décor tips for an upcoming House Party

What do you do when you get a call from your pals saying they want to jam up at your place or what would you do differently for the upcoming kitty party scheduled in your house this week…..here are a few ideas:

  1. Buy a collection of Indian Tapestry wall hangings or bed covers ready…they are pretty affordable so you can keep a collection  of different colors and designs. If there’s a Baithak arrangement in your hall then a psychedelic or a mandala wall hanging would complement it…Buy them in little bigger sizes so that you can interchange the usage between wall hangings and throw bed covers. These are easy to change and cuts the monotony                          .17
  2. Arrange for a hookah and some brass wine glasses with a Surahi to create a royal presentation.                                                                                    SRHCF101SRHCF155                                                    SRHCF195                                              How about adding some fun n color to your dining table with this intricately designed quirky tissue holder…A crochet tissue holder
  3. Make your walls look vibrant with some contemporary paintings on canvas. A sufi saint or an abstract series of waves. Sometimes a contrasting wall décor adds a lot of fun to your interiors. You may also choose the 3D posters or the traditional gemstone paintings.                     IMG-20150311-WA0012 7    1   IMG-20150425-WA0000
  4. Ensure the wall clocks are in tandem with the contemporary or traditional look that you choose.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BC9903SRHCF107SR4HCF366
  5. The cutlery selection could be varied starting from wooden to brass makes. Serving trays and bowls also add to the ambience of the party.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SRHCF129SRHCF266SRHCF307SR4HCF374

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6.Entertaining your guests could be easier if you got some games or some easy musical instruments handy. A classy game for a friends get together could be a Chessboard and for a more musically inclined group a Karaoke , a beautifully designed flute or a bugle could be good options.

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7. Dont forget your furnishings. Keep options ready so that your next party doesn’t look repetitive.

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8. You may accessorize your walls, table tops, floor or showcases to add more glamour to the venue by using some of these accessories.

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For readers of this blog there’s a flat 20% discount on the above mentioned categories. Use coupon code CKBLOG15 (valid till the 30th of June-2016) Visit the link http://www.cheerkart.com/Handicraft—Gifts-depid-417909-page-1.html to make use of this coupon code.

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Gift suggestions – Top Five Series

While there are handful of options to consider about what to gift to your near and dear friends, colleagues and family members, no deal of ideas may satisfy you sometimes. So, here we are to give you a quick pick of how differently you can go about with gifts this time around. Consider these top five gift items that can make the occassion so special.

# Dry Fruits – Keeping the trends alive, a dry fruit box can complement the traditional sweets and savories, if not replace them. You can choose dry fruits because they are healthy and can be shared among friends, more importantly they fit in to the bill when the talk is all about gifts. Don’t ignore the packaging convince too.

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# Handicrafts –how about picking up a gift that can capture memories too? Yes, stuff like marble handicrafts and Rajasthani handicraft collection will seldom fail to impress. Souvenirs from the western, Eastern, northeren and central India would surely make your gifts quirky and bring out the richness of Indian Art and craft..Handicrafts are magical for relationships and isn’t that an open secret you always knew about?

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# Ethnic Wear –what else can you think about traditionally welcoming your loved ones home other than Ethnic Wear? Though recommended for people in the close quarters, it reminds them of your culture and they will never forget what your home is all about.

#Gift Cards – When you don’t know how to really go about shopping because you wouldn’t even know what to buy, gift your friends the access to indulge. Gift cards as they call it are your answer to uncertainty as you can rely on them to do wonders this season.

# Freedom Shopping – Do your know your choice of gifts can upset your friends and loved ones at times? It’s time you free yourself from the expectations of your vicious circle, take the path of freedom to gift and it’s pretty simple. Gift the freedom to shop to your dear ones and feel the difference.

Do visit cheerkart.com for more gifting ideas and indulge in cheerful shopping experience.     

Love Bengal Handloom? Here’s why its Heritage is admired by all generations…

The uniqueness in Bengali way of going about festivals and special occasions is always identified with traditional overtones which can be simply referred to as part of the rich heritage of Bengal. Talking about Bengal’s heritage and isolating handloom designs and creations is as good as shifting the entire focus away from Bengal itself. Though no amount of scholarship can justifiably explain the origins of such a rich culture, our generation is blessed to retain the best of Bengal’s heritage through handlooms.

Shopping for your choice of Handpainted Sarees or Pure Cotton Sarees is another kind of excitement that captures every woman’s imagination.

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You will always end up finding something more appealing, Handwoven Sarees for instance haven’t failed to impress many for years. Any reference to Pure Silk often takes our imagination towards Bengal and rightly so the amazing range of silk saree collections including Matka Silk, Sonamukhi Silk and Tassar Silk have always kept the heritage alive. It also goes beyond any doubt that Bengal handloom is not just about quality material, but its essence lies in the artistic work that is absolutely creative. Great sense of creativity blend with traditional identities is encrypted through concepts like Baluchari, Naksha Border and Batik Print.

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It is quite natural for anyone to imagine why Bengal handloom creations are admired across the world and loved by all generations, the diversity within speaks for itself. The thriving handloom industry has also risen to its new heights with the emergence of e-commerce solutions and online shopping avenues.

Explore more varieties of authentic Bengal handlooms and sarees at www.cheerkart.com; it’s the dream destination for your choice of Indian ethnic wear, Jewellery and Handicrafts.