Traditional art and craft being an essential aspect of Nagpur, the city is highly regarded for its preservation efforts. The royal house of the Bhonsales and common people patronized the tradition of painting in Nagpur. Lippan and Warli arts are the lauded creative marvels, which are commonly used to decorate the walls. These types of mud work crafts easily adapt to photo frames, mirrors, nameplates, etc., as they add an unconventional style to one’s households or personal spaces. Lippan Kam is a traditional mural art made of clay. Though its origin is unclear, it is believed to be developed in the Kutch area of Gujarat, thus gradually paving its way into Maharashtra.
This craft of mud and mirror work is handmade against any machine used for its manufacturing. These handicrafts beautifully curated to convey a story through design are highly durable, at the same time, washable too. The Lippan work is not just limited to decorations and designing but meant a lot for its utility. Once the rough sketch of the Lippan pattern is drawn, various sizes of geometrically shaped mirror tiles were glued abundantly onto the wall using thick starch. The rooms were illuminated more even if a single lamp is used to light up the home, owing to the reflected light from the glittering mirror-work by this art. Lippan work is a beautiful representation of flora and fauna of the state and also its cultural legacy. Artisan Mrs. Vaishali Kawre has been practicing this unique art from Creative Craft Art Center, Nagpur, for decades.
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