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Kamini Kaushal Kumar

image Art Form:
Papier Mache

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image Home Address:
Hanuman Bag, Gaushala Road, South of Hanuman Mandir, Madhubani - 847211, Bihar

image Award: State Award - 2008-09, National Award - 2006, Kalanidhi Award - 2003, Vijay Deshmukh Award for Best Woman Karigar from Paramparik Karigar - 2007-08, Kala Shree Award - 2015

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In Madhubani, Bihar, Papier-mache articles have been made for many generations and has been handed down from mother to daughter. Papier-mache toys and dolls are modelled on folk tradition which has continued to find vibrant expression in their work. This craft is light, cheap, durable and adaptable for making decorative bowls, vases, pots, jars, frames, masks,exotic beads, earrings, bangles and trinkets, containers and boxes for storing grains, fruits, dry fruits and also for making jewellery and bangle boxes. Products made by papier Mache have a raw earthy appeal.

In Madhubani, papier-mache, the ancient eco-friendly craft is made by mixing paper pulp with 'Multani Mitti', 'Dardmeda' powder obtained from the local Dardmeda plant, the juice of neem leaves and methi. The object is smoothened and given shape and dried. More pulp is added to give the right shape while in a moist state. The object is then polished and dried. When completely dry, it is coloured in vibrant hues using minerals, roots and flowers. No tools are used, they are hand painted with figures like elephants, gods and goddesses and birds. The Hindu goddess 'Durga' in papier mache is much in demand during local festivals.