Cultural Revival by Incorporating Indigenous Art in Contemporary Design


(In frame: Aashita Chadha, Co-Founder & Chief Officer of Culture and Strategy at The KariGhars)

In the realm of interior design, there exists a profound opportunity to bridge the gap between past and present, tradition and innovation. As a Co-Founder of KariGhars, a leading interior design firm in Bangalore, my journey has been shaped by a deep appreciation for cultural revival and the transformative power of incorporating indigenous art in contemporary design. Through this article, I would like to share my insights and experiences, exploring how interior design practices have allowed me to truly understand and apply the technical and finer layers of cultural art revival in contemporary spaces.

The Power of Indigenous Art


Indigenous art represents the soul of a culture, carrying within it centuries of wisdom, stories, and traditions. It is an embodiment of a community’s identity, and by incorporating it into contemporary design, we not only honour its heritage but also infuse spaces with a sense of depth and authenticity.

Understanding the Technical Nuances


Design is a beautiful amalgamation of authenticity and technicality. It is a meticulous process that involves studying traditional art forms, understanding the symbolism and motifs, and adapting them to fit modern design sensibilities. By immersing ourselves in the historical context and technical aspects of indigenous art, we gain a profound appreciation for its craftsmanship and aesthetic value.

Drawing Parallels


Incorporating indigenous art in contemporary design is not about creating a stark contrast; instead, it is a harmonious union of the old and the new. Drawing parallels between traditional art forms and modern design principles allows us to create spaces that are visually captivating as well as emotionally resonant. The juxtaposition of ancient patterns and materials with sleek lines and contemporary elements sparks a dialogue between the past and the present, giving rise to a design narrative that tells a rich story.

Preserving Cultural Heritage


In a rapidly globalizing world, the preservation of cultural heritage has become paramount. By incorporating indigenous art in our designs, we become advocates for cultural revival, breathing new life into age-old traditions. This act of preservation not only sustains art forms that are at risk of fading away but also fosters a sense of pride and identity within the community.

Celebrating Diversity


Every region boasts its own unique artistic heritage. By integrating diverse indigenous art forms into contemporary design, we embrace and celebrate the richness of global cultural diversity. This adds vibrancy to our spaces and nurtures a sense of curiosity and respect for different traditions.

Incorporating indigenous art in contemporary design is an act of homage, a testament to the endurance and resilience of cultural heritage. Let us embark on this transformative journey of cultural revival through interior design and celebrate the beauty of indigenous art in our contemporary world.

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