Traditional Rogan art painted wall hanging by master artisan Jabbar Khatri from Nirona in Kutch region of Gujarat. A wonderful painting for the discerning decor aficionado and art lover. These are priceless collectibles.
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The Rogan art of painting is an ancient art over three hundred years old. The traditional Rogan flower motifs and designs speak of a Persian influence and the word Rogan itself means oil-based in Persian. Today, Nirona in Kutch is the only place where this work is created. When castor oil is heated over fire for more than twelve hours and cast into cold water, it produces a thick residue called rogan, which is mixed with natural colours obtained from the earth. With a six-inch wooden stick or pen, the craftperson then draws out from this a fine thread which is painted to the cloth. Rogan painting is delicately and precisely painted from one's own creative imagination and is done with total concentration sitting on the floor without using a table-frame or any outline. Rogan painted cloth is used for making pillow covers, tablecloths, wall hangings, file folders, decorative pieces and even saris.
Jabbar Khatri was born into a traditional Khatri family in Dhamdka, a small village in Gujarat. While his grandfather was originally a block printer, his father gave up this traditional job due to irregular income. Raised in the rural setting of Kutch, Jabbar Bhai disliked working in urban environments. His busy and very demanding professional life took a toll on his health. After careful consideration, he decided to return home and work at a tile factory in his hometown for a few years, before the unit closed and left him unemployed. Today, Jabbar Bhai is an independent craftsman with a small team of ten artisans who work tirelessly to create these stunning Ajrakh prints that embody unique aesthetics.
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