"In Madhya Pradesh there is a tribe called Gond. In their culture it is believed that God Ganesh got his head from a crab and not from elephant. This amusing tale is depicted in their paintings (Gond Painting) where a crab has a head with trunk and tusk"
"Dhokra craft uses lost wax technique of metal casting which has been practiced among Dhokra Damar tribe since over 4000 years. Lot of people now know it as bell metal craft. It so happened that British came across this craft, they found techniques similar to bells manufacturing in England. And since they could not pronounce original name Dhokra, even local tradesman started selling it as bell metal. Hence, both names became synonymous with each other despite being quite different."
Above is just a sneak peek into the numerous incredible tales that has been part of our tradition. We thought of bringing these stories to larger masses. It was in search of these stories that we came across numerous craftsmen across the country. From time immemorial these craftsmen have been passing the baton from generation to generation so that these tales survive. Additionally, they used to go across the town and tell these stories in various art forms like painting, puppetry etc to wider audience, so that the heritage is not lost in time. Even craftsmen working with metal had tales to tell about the significance of the figurines they create. They would entertain people by showcasing their craft and society would take care of their livelihoods. However with time, they were looked down upon and society perceived them as beggars asking for alms. Hence, the artist slowly started taking other jobs where they can meet their ends and have a respectable life.
"Syed Azaj Shah, a state and national awardee for Naquashi art belongs to Kashmir. Today he is running an electrical shop together with his brother to meet his ends. He does not want his children to take up this art as he believes it won't provide them food."
"Venkatraju, a master puppeteer from Karnataka, barely makes his end meet. He learnt Andhra leather Craft because he believes no one is interested in these age-old traditions. People performing these arts were treated as beggars."
We realised that if our traditional craft and their folk tales have to survive, these craftsmen should get a chance to make respectable living out of their crafts. We believe that if provided with opportunity and a market for their craft, these artists are capable of earning their living with respect. At the same time we want the current generations to know about their cultural heritage.
Remek, is an effort to retain the diversity of our culture by depicting myths, legends and folklores of a tribe as interpreted by the local traditional artists through their products.
Also, at Remek, we are committed towards contributing towards the education of artist’s children. For every product you buy, a contribution of 2% of the product value is made towards that artist's child education.