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Making of Leather Lamp Shades.

Leather lamp shades

Indian Leather Puppetry -2

Puppetry storytelling used to be part of entertainment for the common masses, with the invasion of the television this has changed. The leather puppet makers are no longer making as many puppets, and have started to use their skill to make leather objects such as lamp shades, decorative door hanging, partitions and other objects. The techniques employed are the same and can be seen in the earlier post

Making of Lamp Shades

Raw material, leather

Outline using lampshade frame

Cutting out and fixing leather to frame

Drawing the outlines in black ink

Filling in colours

Making of Decorations

Door Hanging Drawing

Door hanging cutting out elements

Door hanging leather thread and beads added

Door hanging combining elements

Door hanging Fishes

Making of Partition Frames

Making a frame

Combine frames as required

Drawing motifs with black ink

Panels with motifs in black ink

Painted Leather panels

Documented by Antony William, NID R&D Campus, Bangalore


6 thoughts on “Making of Leather Lamp Shades.

    • Hello Nathlie, thanks for stopping and reading. Yes, I agree they have been very creative in adapting, and this is a success story for one of the crafts in India. Not all though have the same faith. The metalwork in Baster (have a post on it too, if you want to look up) is another craft which was used to make farm tools; now used to make decorative objects. I am currently researching similar hand crafts of India.

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