Khatwa is the  local name given to applique works in Bihar. It is predominantly used to create designer tents, designing women‘s clothes, canopies and shamianas. Contemporary khatwa is where the talent of Bihar people is seen. The designs created are sharp, intricate and appealing in nature.

To make this art form popular among art lovers, The Circle Community conducted an engaging workshop on Contemporary Khatwa Applique with expert artist Nisha Shankar.

About The Artist

Nisha is an engineer turned artist and educator specializing in folk and contemporary art forms. She takes art workshops both online and offline and showcases her artwork on her Instagram page by the name  aura_arts. She has been passionate about Indian art forms and has been following them for 30 years.

The Workshop Began

The workshop began with an introduction of Nisha and her journey into the world of art. Nisha heartily welcomed all the attendees and gave an insight into contemporary khatwa art.

Nisha explained the history and significance of Khatwa Applique to all the participants, and started working on a black piece of cloth recreating one of her artworks. She first drew a white border and made a cutout of grass and black tree, then made a cutout of the bird and the leaves with a multi-coloured cloth. She finished the art by creating beautiful dots.

Towards The End Of The Workshop

As the workshop progressed, all the participants showcased their Khatwa artwork to Nisha. She was delighted to see the enthusiasm of all the participants and their colourful artworks that were aesthetically pleasing. The workshop ended on a positive and appreciative note.

The attendees were from different parts of the country. They also belonged to different age groups but their love for art brought them together on a single platform. The Circle Community, as always, was successful in connecting artists and curating a magical and positive vibe together. 

On this note, here’s us signing off until next time!

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