Shibumi is a study and learning centre for both adults and young people of school-going age.
For adults it offers a space where, through dialogue, one understands oneself and relationships in the light of Krishnamurti’s teachings.
For such interested adults only, Shibumi also offers an educational programme where resource persons and parents cooperate in creating a right learning environment for their children.
For more information, see http://shibumi.org.in
The Paaruls and Palash were introduced to the Chittara art
form through a two day workshop at Shibumi.Chittara is a folk art form practised by the women of Deewaru community
living close to Jog Falls in Shimoga, Karnataka. CFRIA (Centre for Revival of
Indigenous Art) is a non-profit organisation that is committed towards
preserving and Indigenous Art practices in India. We had Geetha Bhat, from
CFRIA, as the facilitator and Lakshmakka, who is from the Deewaru community,
introducing the kids to this art form. We started off with an introduction to ’Hase
Gode Chittara’.The motifs used in
Chittara are geometric and mainly lines. Hase Gode Chittara represents a
marriage ceremony in the community. The drawing of the Chittara itself is part
of the ceremony.The colours used in
Chittara are red, white, black and yellow. For white, ground rice paste is used;
roasted rice for black, yellow seeds (Gurige), red earth and the brushes are
made up of pundi naaru.
We had a one day intense workshop with Nikita Jain and Priyanka Patel , where they shared with us the magic of Shibori. We had done tie-dye earlier, and were fascinated by the simple technique of knotting and dyeing fabric to create happiness!
Shibori is the Japanese word--meaning to wring, squeeze, press--for a number of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. It was magical because of the various labor intensive techniques that created elaborate patterns that were unexpected and mind blowing. The techniques involving crumpling, stitching, plaiting, plucking and twisting. Once the cloth was 'shaped' by these methods, we secured it in a number of ways, such as binding, clamping or knotting.
The children's questions moved from, ' what will happen if I do this?' to 'let me try this!'
The element of chance to the display of patterns and colours of this method gave life to the shibori process and added its special magic t…