The Ellementry Museum
A visit guided by tradition
I am tradition. And you’re about to walk down my hallway. It’s one full of culture. Of arts that outlive people. Because there’s art that appears on news feeds and gets lost like a flash in the pan. Then there are art forms that whisper wisdom passed down generations.
Each piece is a part of me: It shows you my view of the world and my travels through time. See it through the end, and you’ll understand how I fit in beautifully into your lives, even today.
Let’s get your tour underway and make our way to the first exhibit.
Think timeless, and wood is one of the first few things that comes to mind. It’s been a part of the kitchen and our tableware for generations. And the best part? It makes a beautiful canvas to paint on. So artists can take entirely food-safe paints and give it a coat of culture just like the traditional miniature Rajasthani paintings. It’s art in your hands, quite literally.
Rediscovering Papier Mache
Papier mache dolls have rocked stores all across Northern India for centuries. This art form that recycles paper tells us that culture had sustainability in mind without spelling it out. After all, it takes a seasoned artist to craft a beautiful retirement scheme for old newspapers.
Let’s catch up to your next exhibit located deep into the soils of nature…
The Tale of Terracotta
Every Indian household has grown up with this piece of earth. Terracotta ghadas or roof tiles, our baked earth has sheltered us with goodness. It’s porous, so it breathes and keeps anything that it stores fresh. Its alkaline goodness sets thick curd that does well for your gut too.
As Clear as Glass
Glass may seem or appear man-made, but it comes from the sands of time. It’s lime, sand and soda in a 2000-degree furnace and you get molten glass, that is mouth-blown, shaped and cooled into the solid state we love it for. It maintains international food-safety standards and never interferes of anything that it stores.
A labour of love, etched in stone
Thousands of years ago, quarries in Makrana Rajasthan mastered the etching of marble. It was used to build the Taj Mahal. An ode to the Rajasthani technique of etching marble, the cake stand in the picture brings a piece of me, in a modern avatar, to your every day. It’s paired with wood to make give it that timeless touch.
A coat of culture with ceramic
Handcrafted makes everything unique. And the age old potters gave everything they created patterns, that they used to paint by hand Following in the footsteps, you see Fiore, a collection crafted entirely by hand with ceramic. And it’s hand-painted by artists, who give it a coat of culture.
That was the last exhibit on your personal tour in the Ellementry Museum that I call home. The end of this page will guide you back to the beginning, but of course, feel free to reminisce past memories down the lane of this museum. Or just come say hello to me.