Author: A Compilation
Publisher: Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
ISBN/UPC (if available): CCRT/CPXLIV
This cultural package presents a collection of floor designs popular in different parts of the country. They are varied and diverse in form and content. Stylised depictions of the sun, moon, birds, flowers and trees convey the message of happiness and well being of the household.
This package contains 23 illustrated pictures with write-ups and a booklet which provides general information about the floor designs. The purpose is to inspire viewers to make creative expression a part of their daily life and to share the joy of decorative floor designs which have been passed on from generation to generation.
A variety of techniques are prevalent for making the designs. Generally, the designs are made freehand, where the artist evolves the form as the work is in progress. Hence, the design, beginning at the centre with a dot expands in concentric patterns of geometrical shapes of circles, squares, triangles, straight line sand curves. It is a natural way of drawing, beginning at the centre, growing larger with each repetition of a pattern.
It is widely known that floor designs are popular in all parts of the country. The symbols and patterns used in such designs provide knowledge of the region to which they belong. Floor designs are varied and diverse in from and content. Yet they display an underlying unity in some essential elements. This art is not crated by a specialized artist or expert but is a spontaneous expression of the common people and an integral part of everyday life.
In the floor designs that are given in this package, you will notice that nature in all its manifestations figures prominently. Even in those designs that are made for specific religious or social ceremonies, stylized depictions of the Sun, the Moon, birds, flowers and trees from part of the design. The Indian lives in Harmony with nature. All his creative expressions are directly influenced by his immediate environment. The decorative art of floor and wall designs express this innate urge for artistic expression characteristic to the Indian psyche.