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Bagh print grabs eyeballs at Chinese exhibition

20-11-2017 10:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream

Bagh print grabs eyeballs at Chinese exhibition | My Indian Dream

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Mohammad Bilal’s print on bamboo earns appreciation

Two artists were selected from India to showcase traditional Indian designs at the International Folk Culture and Tourism Products Expo 2017 held in Guizhou, China, from November 9 to 11.

One of them, Mohammad Bilal Khatri of Bhopal was widely appreciated for his work. His technique of innovative bagh prints on bamboo which he demonstrated at the cultural expo in China caught the eyes of many and aroused their interest in the art form.

Khatri was hand-picked by vice president of World Craft Council, Manjari Nirula, to exhibit design at the international platform. Artists from 50 countries were invited to the expo to showcase traditional designs of their countries and demonstrate the design-making process.

Khatri demonstrated Madhya Pradesh’s famous handloom design – Bagh print. He also showed the technique of making natural colours, designs on cloth and block printing, which were liked by many handicraft and handloom buffs of China and other nations. Khatri enjoyed the experience as people were excited and eager to see his demonstration. His innovative bagh print designs on bamboo mesh turned out to be a great success. He said he made designs like those carved on walls of Taj Mahal, Red Fort and a famous temple of the country.

Only two entries from hundreds were selected for the expo in China, the other being a Meenakari artiste from Jaipur.


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