Hand Painted Flame Orange & White Peacock Floral Leather Kalamkari Lamp - Art of Tholu Bommalata

This is a beautiful self standing leather lamp with hand painted floral patterns and peacocks in flame orange and white colours.

Mounted on a wrought iron frame,  the lamp is a work of brilliant leather artistry by the tribal women of Anantpur village in Andhra Pradesh following century old traditions.

The designs on this 4 sided lamp shade which is made from goats skin are drawn first with a pencil and then hand painted with vivid colours making this lampshade an elegant work of craftsmanship. 

The roots of this leather craft lie in the traditional “Chayya Natak” or shadow play and is a performing art where projection of shadows were created with puppets that played with light behind the "shadow puppets".

These figures, painted with vegetable dyes with stylisation similar to Kalamkari paintings were made of goat- skin, which after being cured and dried, were made translucent. The perforation on the coloured leather gives appearance of rich ornamentation against the background of light and bring the puppets to life.

Colour: Flame orange and white 

Size: Height 34 cm | Opening at the mouth 10 cm x 1o cm.

The base measures 16 cm x 16 cm | Weight 600 grams

Accessory: White Wire with holder.

Instructions: Use it as a table lamp as it is without a stand by inserting the bulb of not more than 40 watts for best illumination and to bring the design to life through the tiny holes on the shade.