Sunday, September 20, 2009

The festive sale is on

This is the time of the year when celebrations encapsulate the world. It starts with Durga Puja or Dusshera. Next is Diwali or Deepavali and then comes Christmas followed by new year. And craftOrissa gives you just another reason to celebrate. Our grand festive sales are on from this weekend.

You get upto 50% off on all products. Yes you read it right. The sale is on for all products. Everything in our store is up for sale. And the discount is upto 50%.

By the way the launch offer is also still on. So if you purchase before 31st December you get additional 15% discount on the final purchase amount and also 25% off on shipping.

But there is a catch. Offer is valid till stocks last. So hurry up and order today. There are great gifting ideas that you can get on our site now. So vitsit us today and we assure you it will be worth.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Anatomy of a Pattachitra

Kalia Dalan Pattachitra

Pattachitra has always been used as a story telling medium. Though one may find various themes in a Pattachitra painting now-a-days, traditionally stories from Indian mythology have been told through this medium. As Krishna and Jagannath culture is predominant in Orissa stories from Krishna’s life occupy a dominant position in Pattachitra paintings. What you see in this post is a basic Pattachitra painting depicting a very important incident from Krishna’s life.

The incidence the painting depicts is called ‘Kalia Dalan’. A multi-headed serpent called Kalia along with his hundred wives had taken refuse in Yamuna river near Vrindavan, the village where Krishna grew up as a child. Its venom had caused havoc killing all the cattle that used to go to the river to drink water, all the birds that flew over it and all trees that were there on the bank of the river. Kalia had a bloated ego because of the powers that he possessed.

Nobody in Vrindavan village dared to go near Yamuna, which was the lifeline of the village. One day Krishna while playing with his friends veered towards the river and playfully jumped into it. His friends ran back and informed the villagers and his parents.

In the meanwhile inside river Yamuna Krishna has a small encounter with Kalia whereby Kalia tries to display his powers against Krishna. But Krishna in a very playful way climbs on top of the hood of the great serpent as the serpent rises above water. The villagers of Vrindavan watch in awe as the great serpent emerges out of water with its hood raised and Krishna dancing on top of it. Kalia bleeds heavily and his venom also starts to come out as he keeps becoming weaker.

The wives of Kalia surface and ask Krishna for forgiveness. Finally Kalia’s ego too is broken and he asks for forgiveness. Then Krishna directs him to go to a certain place and live harmoniously there.

This whole incident is a metaphor for the Hinduism’s philosophy of giving up one ego and surrendering to supreme lord. Complete surrender is a way of attaining Moksha.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New products added to store

As the festive season is coming up we have added some new products to our store. In applique craft there are some new lampshades and wall hangings. In papier mache masks you can check out the black Ganesha mask that we have added. Some of the other highlights in the new products include Krishna leela on palm leaf, Trinity of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra in Pattachitra painting, kurtis in handmade textiles and a Ganesha in red stone carving. And yes how can we miss out one of the most unique mew items. It is a bull horn carved deerBull horn carved deer. Do check out the new products.

And by the way did we just say festive season. That sounds like discounts. Keep checking this space or our offers page for details.