NOVICA Handmade Pair of 2 Papier Mache Boxes, 'Charismatic Cats' (India)

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Having learned the art of papier mache from his father, Fida Hussain designs decorative boxes in the shape of wide-eyed cats. Each box is expertly crafted by hand and painted with a vivid resemblance to the sweet felines.

Product Features:
  • Measures 2.6 inches high x 3.3 inches wide x 2.6 inches deep
  • Country: India
  • Accent Type: Decorative Boxes
  • Material: Paper
  • Color: Yellow, Beige

Story Behind the Art:
I was born and raised in the beautiful valley of Srinagar, Kashmir. My father is a papier mache craftsman - a family tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. I grew up watching my father create beautiful things. When I left school I decided to join my father full time. There already were artisans whom he'd taught working with him. Back in those days, I remember seeing such intricately hand-painted fine quality decorations on the papier mache items, which I don't see any more. Since customers are not ready to pay the price it deserves, artisans no longer make such intricate pieces. It's a pity, because after putting in their time and dedication if they don't get their due, they must resort to easier styles to make them more affordable. We do occasionally make intricate pieces, but when the customers are not ready to pay, we have to go with the flow. I really want to promote the beauty of this papier mache craft, which we have inherited from our ancestors. Most of our designs are our own creations, and they are mostly inspired from ancient styles and motifs. Nature and the scenic beauty of Kashmir also inspire us, and you would see that in our art works. Apart from the traditional boxes, bowls and ornaments, we also specialize in figures. Earlier, when my father was alone, the way to sell his products was through local stores in Srinagar but since I've joined him, we have also started participating in government sponsored exhibitions, and we also have started supplying government emporiums and cottage industries. My two elder brothers are also actively working with my father. I feel so proud to be able to share the same platform with my father. He is such a great artist. My mother is also an artist and she does needle embroidery work along with my sister. Before I joined my father, I got together with a few of my friends and started an NGO for blood donation. We would donate blood ourselves and encourage others to donate. This NGO is very close to my heart. We still run it, and we are adding more and more members each year. So far I have donated 40 units of blood, which I am so proud to do.

The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


Country of Origin: India


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2.6 inches high x 3.3 inches wide x 2.6 inches deep
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