Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal by Frank Korom

The Patuas of West Bengal are a traditional artisan cast specializing in the production of painted narrative scrolls and the performance of songs to accompany their unrolling. These artisans have been plying their trade in this region of India at least since the thirteenth century and possibly earlier.

Traditionally the scroll painters wander from village to village, seeking patronage by singing their compositions while unraveling painted scrolls on sacred and secular themes.

A wandering scroll maker entering a town where he will hope to find customers for his songs.

Unfortunately the market is dwindling, and the scroll makers must find other outlets, such as the craft market in Kolkata where people just buy the scrolls and not the songs.

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