Sometimes we feel the need to escape from our mechanical lives. As technology becomes capable of creating soulless perfection, so we hunger for imperfection- for the rough beauty that bears the imprint of the fallible human hand.
Actually making something with your own hands is an art- maybe more than an art, maybe a basic human need- that the majority of people have all but lost, but which we see still in the ethnic crafts.
Our embroidery, cane work, or sheetal pati or Indian appliqué or weaving are excellent ethnic products. These lovely fabrics are popular in the West as material for curtains and drapes, as opposed to buying mass-produced mediocrity by the yard or metre. The ethnic explosion is not a rejection of the way we now live; it is almost a way of coming to terms with it by keeping in touch with our fundamental sensual appetites for beauty and creativity at the same time as making the most of selected aspects of modern life. It is not regressive; in fact it works best in the most modern interiors, where crudeness and sophistication can act as a foil to each other. Today, we will discuss some do-it-yourself ethnic crafts to revamp your décor.
To accent an angular lamp base, wrap it with rope, starting at the bottom. As you wrap, use hot glue on every inch of rope for a tight fit.
For fast art, coil rope in the desired shape and use hot glue to attach it to coloUrful paper. It's easiest to start a circle shape at the center and work out; start on the outside and coil in for square and triangle shapes.
For a super textured table top, cut lengths of rope slightly larger than needed to from each half-circle. Attach the rope in tight rows, trimming the leading edge just before attaching it. If desired, have a piece of glass cut to fit the top. For the table apron, glue each loop one at a time, maintaining an equal distance between loops.
To weave around the spindle back of an armchair, tie a length of twine around one spindle and lace it in and out, then back and forth across the spindles. As needed, knot a new length of twine to the original piece and secure the knot with a drop of hot glue.
To make an oversize tassels, glue a small foam ball to the bottom of a light fixture. Glue long lengths of twine to the foam where it meets the fixture. Gather the pieces of twine beneath the ball in a “ponytail” and bind them with wire. Repeat with a second layer of twine to completely cover the ball. Wrap twine at the top of the ball and around the wire to hide the seams; wrap other sections of the fixture as shown. Trim the tassel as desired.
Hot glue is an ideal adhesive for these projects. It's easy to apply just where needed and dries quickly as you press the rope into place.
It's amazing how everyday objects such as rope, twine and hot glue can be used with a dash of ingenuity to create some amazing décor objects that you can display with pride.
Nazneen Haque Mimi
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan