About the Art:
This artform exists in the south-west states of India. The artisans work in a collective in a village. the leather is beaten till translucent and the image is inked cut and perforated. Originally this artform was used to make shadow puppets in leather, however the lack of support for the craft has forced the artisan to make lamps and lampshades as a livelihood. Puppets of this size are rare. the adornment is elaborate and the finish is skilled.