In today’s world, most of us are a part of a rat race trying to achieve our goals and live our dreams. This everyday battle and struggle of the city life has, in turn, made stress our constant companion. However, the comfort of a welcoming home has made it into our very own bubble to relax after a day’s bustle. Apart from being a de-stress pad, our homes often reflect our personal taste and style with its look and feel.
Fusion has emerged as one of the biggest trends in the past few years. This trend gives you the artistic freedom to venture into another culture, pick elements from it and blend it with your own. It’s dominance has flowed well beyond the culinary and fashion industry and has made its way into our living rooms. Indian art forms’ stark influenced can be felt in global fashion when celebrated designers such as Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, John Galiano and designer houses like Dior and Luis Vuitton take inspiration from it for their stunning embroidered and embellished pieces. It is needless to say that these runway trends keep on inspiring interior designers and home decor simultaneously.
Indigenous Indian art forms can range from paintings – such as “Madhubani Paintings”, “Patachitra”, “Tanjore Paintings” – to plastic arts such as pottery and sculptures. One such art form is the Dhokra art which can be easily incorporated into fusion home décor. Dokra craft is an ancient craft of metal casting prevalent in the eastern states of Orissa and West Bengal. Non ferrous metals are casted using the lost wax technique into intricate figurines. This art form has borrowed its name from the nomadic craftsmen of the Dhokra Damar tribe. They perform an elaborate process of making clay moulds, creating detailed wax patterns, casting the metal and finally polishing it to bring the sculptures to life.
These sculptures are made using inspiration from mythology, rituals and nature. So you can find them in varying sizes in the forms of dancers, musicians, religious idols and deities, animals like horses, elephants, owls and many more. You may pick one that fits the theme of your space and your budget.
HOW TO CREATE A FUSION SPACE
- The first step to creating any a themed space is to create a mood board. It is a step designers swear by to draw inspiration. Apps like Pinterest come handy in making these boards that clearly reflects the styles and designs you are gravitated towards.
- Select a colour palette. If you are going for an Indian fusion, choose rich jewel tones or warm, bright colours. A combination of browns, rust, red and gold work harmoniously. You may also go all out and chose bright colours like magenta or bright yellow.
- You need not invest in a whole set of new furniture to achieve a fusion look. Instead, cheat your way to lush looking furniture by changing the upholstery to richer fabrics like velvet or brocade. An even simpler way is to just change or add in vision covers that has embroidered, Indian prints, tassels or are made up of silk, velvet or brocade.
- You may swap your essential oil diffuser with potpourri. Keep the potpourri in a sheer fabric sachet or display it in a decorative bowl made of metal or wood to go with your theme.
- Add accent pieces which will bring everything together. This is where you may incorporate the indigenous art pieces that you have collected.
Dhokra arts are easy to place and would not require you to drill holes into your walls which is often forbidden in rented apartments. They are easy to clean with either metal polishers or you can diy using tomato juice or lemon and baking soda.
Now the question arises, “How can you get one of these pieces ?” Well, they are just a click away from you owing to online shopping. Dokra art online shopping is a great idea for those who want it on the go. It’s indigenous and beautiful while being affordable at the same time