The Art of India on Display at the Flower Show


The Philadelphia International Flower Show is proud to feature two master craftsmen from India, whose work will be on display and available for purchase at the World Bazaar area outside the Show floor. The artists come courtesy of the Crafts Council of West Bengal, a nonprofit that works to promote and preserve Indian crafts and encourages exports through overseas expositions.

Using hand-carved wood blocks, artist Mahammad Rafik creates a range of items with intricate patterns that are precisely over-printed and applied in vivid colors. This method of block printing is a tradition dating back to at least the 11th century. For Mahammad, this year’s Flower Show marks a return trip to Philadelphia, having showcased his creations 25 years ago.

Madhu Mangal Malakar is an award-winning craftsman who delicately forms flowers and other objects from shola, a plant that grows in the marshy, water-logged areas of eastern Indian states. This is a centuries-old tradition, but it is only recently that shola items have received international recognition for their beauty, eco-friendliness, and superb craftsmanship.

We hope you’ll stop by the World Bazaar and appreciate the talents of these two men, as well as the other international artists making this year’s Flower Show truly International!

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