Exquisite visual storytelling based on Indian folk art exploring fear and courage, speaking both to our crippling fear of the unfamiliar and our ability to transcend it, emerging enriched by the experience
Stunning adaptation of an Indonesian folktale featuring Kanchil the trickster mouse deer, illustrated in the stunning Mata-ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting from the Gujarat region by artist Jagdish Chitara and written by Nathan Kumar Scott — a first-of-its-kind use of this traditional folk art in children’s storytelling.
From South Indian independent publisher Tara Books’ fair-trade workshop in Chennai comes this part lovely children’s picture book, part priceless showcase of work by some of the best-known tribal and folk artists from various Indian traditions. Each rich, textured page is screen-printed by hand and features a different cat.
From Indian author Gita Wolf and the fine folks at Tara Books, makers of beautifulhandcrafted books, comes Do! — a lovely set of action pictures rendered in the elegant minimalism of Warli tribal art. Each page depicts a basic verb (“work,” “play,” “fight”), illustrated in a style that blends the white-paint-on-brown-paper technique we’ve seen in Nurturing Walls, a pictogram-driven visual language reminiscent of the ISOTYPE of the 1930s, and a word-image minimalism akin toBlexbolex’s.