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Lippan Art

Kavita Sriram

Lippan art is a clay art form from the state of Gujarat, India. It is mostly done by the village ladies from Kutch to decorate their homes. Mud and Mirror Work (also known as Lippan Kaam) is a traditional mural craft. Though the work is limited mainly to the interior walls, it can be found on the outer walls as well. These scintillating murals bring life, gaiety, and beauty to the generally harsh life of the people of Kutch. Mud and Mirror Work is mainly done by the women of the Rabari community. The women are so experienced in this art form that they usually don’t draw or trace a pattern before beginning work. Rabari is the pastoral community of Kutch, living on the outskirts of its villages. They dwell in a few clusters of communal or family houses known as Bhungas which are designed and built to take care of their practical needs in the harsh climate of Kutch. Mud mirror work gathered the attention of the modern world for its intricate pattern and aesthetic perfection and has made a full transition from its unknown modest stature to the mainstream art world, decorating the walls of urban homes. I am showing a more contemporary way of lippan using Clay with a textured background. The artwork is in red, black & white. And is further enhanced with different shaped mirrors. This particular piece can be used as a decorative wall piece, key hanger, or even a decorative glass tray.

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