Ideart: Desert Dancers
Take one white shirt.
Pick up a paint brush and the remains of earlier painting projects. Grab an old comic book of the Amar Chitra Katha persuasion. Copy a ubiquitous picture of a woman in the lehenga-choli-chunari garb. Colour brightly.
The man is a little trickier as this West-Indian costume isn’t easily visible in the aforementioned comics. But a search of ‘Dandiya dancers’ should throw up some references. Since the background was white, I didn’t bother colouring in his clothes at all. The kurta and pyjama are traditionally white. But I did add a splash of colour on his turban, the sash and ended with the mojri-style shoes. Hairfine strokes to denote creases in the cloth, were my finishing touch.
The woman in this picture brings in the colour while the man adds the motion. Together they present a picture of the vibrancy, the sheer energy of Dandiya.
Let’s have the actual design once more
Garment: Fitted waist-length kurti with cap sleeves and side-slits
Material: Polycot with chequered texturing
Background colour: White
Paint colours used:
- Fevicryl no.02 Black
- Fevicryl no.301 Pearl White (for highlights on the lehenga)
- Fevicyrl no.21 Sap Green
- Fevicryl no.04 Crimson
- Fevicryl no.11 Lemon Yellow
- Fevicryl no.10 Indian Red
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