Friday, February 22, 2008

Smells of a temple town

Kalahasti is a small temple town 30km from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is know mainly for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main market in the city is built around the temple. It is also the birthplace of Kalamkari the traditional art form of drawing on cloth using vegetable colours.

On my visits to Kalahasti to conduct a workshop on wood carving , i have become fascinated with the smells, colours and objects of the local markets. The grass brooms, disposable leaf plates and coir plates are a great example of the use of local, biodegradable materials to create products for day to day use.

But the clay metal water pots and bamboo baskets have been replaced by plastic.
These forms had evolved based on the raw material used and function of the object.

The plastic objects look like a cut and paste job gone wrong.
It makes me wonder how long before everything around me will be plastic?

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