Paper-mache is a blended material consisting of paper pulp, bound with an adhesive used to make utility or decorative items. In India, paper mache is mainly utilized in Kashmir. Starting with decorative items and jackets of books, the paper covered many items of 15th century Kashmir under the rule of King Zain-ul-Abidin, who had special patronages for the art. The tradition of using paper-mache on woodwork to be colourfully painted with different designs practiced in those periods is very much in practice even today.
Mrs. Ramani Rao from Nagpur is an artist based in Nagpur, famous for creating Paper Mache dolls for three decades. Inspired by her mother, she started this as a hobby but now employs 16 handicapped women from the locality, providing them a means for living through this doll-making activity. She is an active participant in prominent exhibitions across the country as well as foreign lands like Norway, the US, Denmark, etc. The art center tries to give a glimpse of our Indian Classical dance forms, Folk dances, Tribes of India, Brides and grooms of India, etc., through their work.
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