When I first arrived, an expat who’s been living here for a while gave me a list of shops where I could find… this, and that. One drew my attention immediately because my friend mentioned that it had many local handicrafts. I think it’s one of the first shops I visited, in fact. Here is what I saw as I went up the stairs of that small building.
Inside the shop, which does, indeed, carry very pretty things made locally (name of the shop is JATRA which is a popular form of Bengali theatre) there was more of this beautiful art.
I bought a few pretty cups painted with the same kind of art, and as I was paying, found out that it is possible to hire the artists. It’s just a matter of making an appointment, and giving your address. They then come to your home, office, school, whatever, and transform a boring wall into something brimming with life.
As I type this post, I have three artists (two adults and one young boy whose age I wonder about) working right inside the apartment.
Before and After pictures to come in another post.