Water Life by Rambharos Jha
A thing of beauty - hand printed by the wonderful Tara Books in Chennai.
Waterlife features Mithila art, a vibrant and delicate form of folk painting from Bihar in eastern India. The artist Rambharos Jha grew up on the banks of the legendary river Ganga, and surrounded by lush fields and ponds, developed a fascination for water and water life. In this visually stunning book, artist Rambharos Jha creates an unusual artist’s journal, adapting the motifs of the Mithila style to express his own vision. He frames his art with a playful text that evokes both childhood memory and folk legend. Waterlife is silk-screen printed by hand on handmade paper.
Tara books gives voice to marginalized art and literature through a commune of artists, writers and designers collaborating on remarkable handmade books. Crafted by local artisans in their fair trade workshop in Chennai, the books are hand-bound and each page is painstakingly screen-printed by hand using traditional Indian dyes, whose fresh earthy scent gently oozes from the gorgeous pages of the finished book.
Keep in mind that the photos cannot do justice to these beautiful hand crafted books, skillfully printed on thick textured paper and bound with love.
"Without a shadow of exaggeration, the most beautiful book I’ve ever laid eyes on." Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org