Apsara Hand Painted Kalamkari Cushion Cover
Hand painted Kalamkari panel Depicting An Apsara (also spelled as Apsarasa), a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. This pillow cover has been patched with vibrant colours with pleating.
Cushion cover measures 12 x 20 inches and is backed with a teal cotton silk fabric. The cushion is lined with matching cotton lining and has a zipper closing.
Our cushions are made using high quality materials and focus is on ensuring a good finish instead of bulk manufacturing. Each piece is over locked to avoid any raw edges on the inside.
In Indian mythology, Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.
This Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, wherein the "kalam" or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colours, is entirely hand worked.
This style flowered around temples in Andhra Pradesh, India and so had an almost religious identity - scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners and the like, depicted deities and scenes taken from the great Hindu epics - Ramayana. Mahabarata, Puranas and the mythological classics.
Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari and it involves seventeen painstaking steps alternating between dyeing and painted each color at a time. The Kalamkari panel used here has been painted by National Award Winning Craftsmen of Andhra Pradesh. I absolutely love this piece and hope it finds a lovely rich and spiritual home!
This is a Dry Clean Only product. Since this is a hand painted Pillow each kalamkari panel will have some pencil marks and colour spills. We believe this shows the process that goes behind making this piece of art and adds to the appeal of Kalamkari.
Listing is for 1 cushion cover only. Insert is not included.
Ships from Gurgaon, India within 3 to 5 days via DTDC or Speed Post
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