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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Varanasi Day 4: What a birthday gift!

Today was probably the most exciting day in Varanasi, and not just because it was my birthday. We spent the entire day inside a very high quality shop that not only does a lot of local crafts, but does work for export. They had Russian matryoshka dolls, Danish vikings, and even Emily the Strange. It’s … Continue reading »

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Varanasi Day 3: First finished Prototypes!

The day started off with us getting our first painted prototypes from the Prajapati brothers. I was excited, apprehensive, very nervous too. But it turned out well in the end as some very interesting stuff has come out of the first camp. There is some lovely detail work on the Vasuki heads and textures on … Continue reading »

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Varanasi Day 2: Painting and Carving

Today was a slower day, which is a nice change of pace from how hectic things were yesterday, running from place to place in a brand new city. We started off by going back to the painters from yesterday and sitting with them while they worked on the figures we gave them. They had already … Continue reading »

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Varanasi Day 1: Introductions

What a unbelievably productive day its been. Phew! Our first stop today was one of Varanasi‚Äôs biggest toy shops – Agrawal Toy Shop. Our city guide, Mr. Ajay Pandey (or Pinkoo Bhaiya as I like to call him) had already spoken to the owner of the shop about us and our project. We met him … Continue reading »

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Paint misbehavin’

By now, Abdullahji and his helpers Sahanwaaj and Suhail has gotten used to us coming and invading their space. They no longer greet us like we are some crusaders from outer space. In fact, they even offered me food and made the wooden prototypes just like the way they were told. They made several versions … Continue reading »

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O Holy Artisan: Where Art Thou?

Choosing the right craft style to work within the huge range available in India is not easy. We had several discussions on this internally as well as with Dastkaar, an organisation of craftspeople founded in 1981. For the moment Channapatnam has been ruled out as the cluster there is well developed and loaded with orders. … Continue reading »

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Colorways!

Now that we have three characters, we’ve been tweaking the designs to make them look better and have more emotion. We’ve also been testing out the forms in a bunch of different colorways to see how it looks and pick the ones we want to make. This is easily one of my favorite parts of … Continue reading »

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Fascinating Stories

In the great extended family that is India, everybody is a relative of everybody else. So much so that eagles and serpents are said to be cousins! In fact I even drew a little family tree of our first three characters: Garuda, Vasuki and Jatayu: Historians speculate that these exotic, half human- half animal tribes … Continue reading »

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Birds of Pray

Unlike the other anthropomorphic heroes of the world, the ones that are associated with Indian Mythology are not very popular. They are the least noticed and spoken about. That is what inspires us to bring the animals back into our character line through an entirely a new concept (Now this is so over-the-top awesome that … Continue reading »

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Potato Warriors

For the next review meet we want to have some definite characters on the board with a couple of colour ways for each, maybe two characters each for the historical and the mythological warriors categories. I got Abdullahji to make me copies of the final selected form (my mom was wondering why I have been … Continue reading »

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