Tholu Bommalata Lamps
Woodooz Home Decor® brings to you a gorgeous collection of curated Tholu Bommalata lamps. Tholu bommalata / Leather puppetry is an ancient, traditional art form originating from the state of Andra Pradesh. These lamps are made of leather and are beautifully hand painted with natural dyes and inks.
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About tholu bommalata or leather puppetry
Tholu bommalata or leather puppetry is a form of art / craft that was and is traditionally used in folk theatre. The puppets used in these theatres in Andra Pradesh are made of leather and are called tholu bommalata (Dancing dolls or puppets in leather). Lights are used to enhance the effect of these puppet shows and the puppeteer uses sticks from behind the screen to move the puppets according to the script.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the tholu bommalata and the lamps that are an outcome of this beautiful art form
Frequently asked questions
What is tholu bommalata or leather puppetry ?
Tholu Bommalata is a traditional form of leather puppet theater from Andhra Pradesh, India. It involves the use of hand-crafted leather puppets, typically of mythological characters, which are manipulated by puppeteers using strings to perform various stories and dramas. The puppets are made from stretched leather and are painted and adorned with intricate designs, creating a unique aesthetic. Tholu Bommalata is a cultural and artistic tradition that has been passed down through generations and is considered a form of living heritage.
Where does tholu bommalata come from ?
This art form is popular in the state of Andhra Pradesh reflecting the state's rich tradition.
What are the tholu lamps used for ?
Tholu Bommalata lamps are hand-crafted, decorative lamps made using the techniques of the traditional shadow puppetry form. These lamps are often used to decorate homes and add a traditional and cultural touch to the decor. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be hung on the walls or placed on shelves. The intricate designs and bright colors of the lamps are inspired by the shadow puppets used in the performances, and they are often seen as a symbol of Andhra Pradesh's rich cultural heritage.
How are these leather lamps painted?
Tholu Bommalata lamps are traditionally painted by hand using natural dyes and pigments. The dyes are made from materials such as turmeric, indigo, and kumkum (vermilion). The designs and patterns on the lamps are inspired by the shadow puppets used in the traditional performance, and they often feature vibrant colors and intricate details. The artisans who paint the lamps are skilled in the techniques of traditional Indian folk art, and they use a variety of tools, including brushes, knives, and stylus, to apply the dyes and create the designs. The end result is a beautifully crafted and unique piece of art that is both functional and decorative.
Are your lamps sourced from traditional artisans ?
Tholu lamps are native to the state of Andhra Pradesh and have been recognized with the geographical indication tags indicating their geographical origin and the associated reputation that comes with it. All our lamps are sourced directly from the craftsmen and artisans who have been indulged in this art form for years together.
What are the different types of leather lamps you sell ?
We bring to you our curated collection of wall lamps, table lamps, lamp shades, floor lamps and hanging lamps in tholu / leather.
How is the lighting effect of leather lamps created?
The lighting effect of Tholu Bommalata lamps is achieved by using a light source behind the lamp, which illuminates the intricate designs and patterns on the surface of the lamp. The light source can be a bulb or a candle, and it creates a warm and inviting glow that adds a decorative touch to any room. The way the light passes through the translucent material of the lamp and the intricate designs of the puppets creates a unique shadow effect that is reminiscent of the traditional shadow puppetry performances. This effect can be especially striking in low-light conditions and can add a touch of traditional Indian folk art to any space.