meet Kolam

  • Traditional craft
  • Contemporary designs

Kolam connects aesthetics with a social purpose, ecological responsibility and collective creativity through experimentation and imagination. They value the immense possibilities of interconnected forms of knowledge which is inherent its name Kolam, the Tamil word for pattern.

In 2017, eight contemporary artists began the Kolam Design Studio in Jaffna to create items that utilized their training as artists using age-old craft traditions. Following a two-year research period, the products featured in this collection present a few examples of the kind of work they have been involved in archiving and designing with the support of the Manitha Neyam Trust.

Palmyra leaf, copper wire, cotton thread, forest seeds, jute and other, mostly non-precious, materials are used in these individually handcrafted jewelry pieces. It presents a unique fusion of modern and traditional ideas, materials, and skills from Jaffna.

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