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All You Need To Know About Art Work ‘Quila’

India’s diverse arts and crafts, traditions and folklore, speak of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Emerging from different corners of the country.

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India’s diverse arts and crafts, traditions and folklore, speak of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Emerging from different corners of the country, they employ diverse methods and techniques, harness artisans’ skills and expertise resulting in unique and distinct pieces.

Jai Prakash Lakhiwal, an acclaimed miniaturist who has played a significant role in preserving and propagating the rich heritage of miniature art. He was inspired by his father who had taken up painting as a hobby while working full-time.  

Today, he is the recipient of several awards, including the Delhi State Award (1996), National Award (1998) and the Padma Shri (2016). His skilfull creations grace the walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Mister’s Office, Hyderabad House, Supreme Court, and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, to name a few, with one of his most notable works being the 20,000sqft painting in the Anandpur Sahib Museum of Sikh History. 

The limited-edition sink ‘Quila’ is adorned with an intricate painting that Jai Prakash has created exclusively for Kohler. Here, art blends seamlessly with utility, rendering a functional object that effortlessly doubles up as a work of art. 

“India probably has the widest tradition of art and craft, so we thought it was time to really now invest behind paying homage to Indian traditions. The Quila is a beautiful product, one-of-a-kind, and certainly very different from what people expect to see in a bathroom,” says Salil Sadanandan, President, Kohler, South Asia, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Since the start, Kohler delved into an in-depth process, which included conducting a 10-day workshop with leading folk artists of India. A detailed brief was given to each artist, culminating in this collaboration with the Padma Shri artist and the choice to go with the traditional art form of miniature paintings.  

The artwork, which is essentially created on a two-dimensional medium, had to be carefully translated onto a three-dimensional object and this was achieved through an elaborate process, to create a bespoke functional element for your bath space.

“We scanned these paintings and converted them into lithographs which were transferred onto the ceramic surface.  It is all about craftsmanship and precision, without any automation” says Anand Asinkar, Lead Industrial designer - Kohler India Studio.  


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