Resisting Rice (pun un-intended)

Textures always were my favourite.There’s something about the originality and mystery that you can see in textures that makes you wonder how beautiful things can be if you let them take their course.

I keep looking for more ways to create textures, believe me the techniques I have come across are oh so exciting all the time.

Recently I learnt about a new technique my friend, Mrinmayee. She makes textures using rice and it was so interesting I asked her if I can write about it. So here it is, sharing some of her work.

Resist Technique/Rice Printing-

Textured created through resist printing

Textured created through resist printing

Inspired by the resist tie-dye technique used in ikat she has explored a way in which she uses rice to resist color on paper and the results are just brilliant! Its what she calls the ‘resist rice’ method.

Texture

Texture

Materials used are minimal- water, paper, color and a few rice grains and you are good to go. What you get at the end are mesmerizing all over prints each very different from one another.

The Artist's Desk

The Artist’s Desk

Thanks you so much Mrin for sharing it with me. I will definitely try making some 🙂

Cheers!

Apurva

TUNi Interiors and the beautiful mind behind it

India is a country of versatility, a place of different languages, religions, cultures and art. Being a textile designer I have always been fascinated by the glorious and rich textile history in this country. There is just so much to know, so much to learn! All I hope sometimes is that, in the ever-evolving world we don’t forget our roots and the brilliant art that exists does not become a thing from the past. The beauty of hand painting is getting lost in the world of digital printing and power looms.

I really respect those entrepreneurs who work not only for their passion and love they have towards something, but for craftsmen who need the support.

TUNi Interiors

TUNi Interiors

I came across this beautiful brand; TUNI Interiors which has such a brilliant work culture that I had to write about it!

Hand Painted Fabrics

Hand Painted Fabrics

TUNi Interiors, yoU aNd I, is a brand aiming to design soft furnishings customized for your space. Founded by Mrinmayee Dhobale, alumnus of NIFT and London College of Fashion, TUNI has a well-networked team of highly skilled craftsmen from Kolkata, Bihar, Orissa and Hyderabad.  The designer plans to work with artists around the nation.

Mrinmayee Dhobale with the artists

Mrinmayee Dhobale with the artists

Mrinmayee Dhobale with the artists

Mrinmayee Dhobale with the artists

The company successfully started with an exhibition in March 2014, and has been growing ever since. The concept of customized designs paired with the hand painted art by the skilled artists makes it even more valuable. The design exclusivity lies in the making of the product itself. The upcoming collection focuses on Patachitra, Madhubani and the Tribal art from East India.  Stay tuned!

Hats off to a concept like this! Wishing all the luck to TUNi Interiors and of course the beautiful mind behind it, Mrinmayee Dhobale.