AMHP is Not Just About the Prints!

Although most visitors come to the museum to learn about hand block printing, the haveli itself offers a look at ancient building traditions still practised today, albeit in diminishing numbers.

When AMHP recently called on local artisan, Ram Kishor, to repaint the weather-beaten façade, we requested he follow a centuries-old limewash recipe. Together with his ‘team’, he set up a temporary work space in the museum forecourt and spent the next 8-9 days mixing and nurturing the various ingredients to create the perfect earth-tinted wash. It took another two weeks to paint and embellish the walls.

Few old buildings (or new, for that matter) receive such a pampering these days! Watching this fascinating process of refreshing the wall colour, we decided to share it with our followers. Here’s a small glimpse, in photos, at how the museum was brushed up for the new season!

 

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Artisan, Ram Kishor
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Ram Kishor places blocks of chuna limestone into a large drum adding water that he continually replenishes for 2 days.
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Constant stirring prevents the lime and water from separating. After straining it through a gauze cloth, salt is added.
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To create colour, Ram Kishor mixes additional ingredients like molasses, curd, yellow sand and red clay, adjusting amounts for desired results.
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Regular straining removes dust particles for a clear smooth finish.

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The craftsmen scrape the walls with a thin iron blade and fill the holes with chuna cement. Scoring the surface releases trapped air to prevent cracking and also enables the 2nd and 3rd application to adhere.
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An undercoat of limewash covers the entire area for a smooth finish.
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Continuous stirring must never stop or the mixture will thicken and spoil.

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The painter uses a string dipped in dry coal powder to mark the area for painting, a laborious task that needs a slow steady hand.
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Ram Kishor carefully adds final touches to the relief- covered wall with white chuna paint brightened with a touch of indigo.

 

Text: Suki Skidmore & Rachel Bracken-Singh

Photographs: Anokhi Archives

 

 

3 thoughts on “AMHP is Not Just About the Prints!

    1. Beautifully presented . . love our culture & heritage. Big salute to Artisan, Ram Kishor & his team. Love my PINK City . . JAIPUR. ANOKHI a place to enjoy art 🙂

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