The desire to decorate ones home is an old one. We feel inspired to surround ourselves with beauty, and the beauty in turn inspires us.
One such example are the Sohrai of Sanskriti in Hazaribagh, India. The design of their modest but well built mud huts hasn’t changed much in centuries. The adobe homes are perfectly suited to the hot environment and keep the occupants cool and comfortable. And in addition the adobe provides a marvelous canvas. These homes are painted with a delightful array of scenes from the owners environment. Animals, flowers, trees, simple and timeless geometric shapes adorn these huts and delight the heart. The designs are refreshed and updated every year.
An ardent conservationist, Mr. Bulu Imam works tirelessly on his quest to preserve the ancient ways of the tribes in his region. He has been traveling, photographing, exhibiting and writing ever so eloquently about the challenges faced by these tribes whose ancient, eco-friendly, and efficient way of life is increasingly challenged by the the encroaching modernization which has crept even into India’s smallest hamlets in some form or the other.
The following photos are of artwork done by various Indian tribal communities on their homes, among them Sohrai and Khovar. If you’d like to learn more about these incredible pieces of art, how and why, and when they are created, I would encourage you to leave me a message which I’ll forward to Bulu. He can then decide the most effective way to get in touch with you.