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This Uttarakhand Duo Is Capturing India’s Costume Culture Through Art

Bhuli, which means ‘Little Sister’ in the native dialect of Garhwali, is an enterprise that was founded by a fashion designer Tanya Kotnala and a nutritionist Tanya Singh in 2016.

What makes India unique in the world is its ability to hold over a billion people together, who hail from myriad cultural backgrounds and practice different faiths.

With each of the 29 states and seven Union territories having a vibrant set of traditions and customs of their own to boast, the country’s diversity is nothing less of a wonder.

The cloth culture is another facet of India renown worldwide.

For representative purposes. Source: Wikimedia.

Be it handloom-spun fabrics or intricate needlework, every region has its own speciality, distinct from one another.

To celebrate that range, two young women from Uttarakhand took up the challenge of crafting artworks that showcases ethnic costumes from different states in the country.

Bhuli, which means ‘Little Sister’ in the native dialect of Garhwali, is an enterprise that was founded by a fashion designer Tanya Kotnala and a nutritionist Tanya Singh in 2016.

With an aim to revive and interpret the spirit of India’s cottage industry through art and design, the duo also incorporate their art to raise awareness amidst women from rural communities upon social issues like menstrual hygiene and maternal health.

Here’s a look into some of the beautifully illustrated artworks etched by these talented artists- a colourful journey which muses over the rich cultural heritage of India:

Jammu and Kashmir. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Assam. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Odisha. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Manipur. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Ladakh. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Kerala. Courtesy: Bhuli.

Arunachal Pradesh. Courtesy: Bhuli.

Uttarakhand. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Mizoram. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Maharashtra. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Gujarat. Courtesy: Bhuli.
Meghalaya. Courtesy: Bhuli.

You can check more of their artworks on Facebook or Instagram.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.