It is late evening at Gulmeher’s East Ghazipur Center. Nineteen year old Aashiana is sitting at her workbench, her steady and skilled hands busy creating the decimal petal outline of a new painting. She joined Gulmeher in 2013, and has been a part of its handicraft unit ever since. To create most of her art pieces, she uses dried discarded flowers and recycled paper.
It wouldn’t be facile to call flowers nature’s most beautiful creation. But when they wither away, when they lose both their colour and fragrance, their value depreciates, at least to us humans.
Drawing a parallel between herself and these flowers, Aashiana remarks how the journey of these flowers is similar to the story of her life. From being rendered useless to finding themselves in the hands of skilled artisans like Aashiana, these flowers regain their lost grace. Much like Aashiana, whose future was written off, as she quit school in 8th grade; found her purpose and a way to supplement her family’s income while restoring her dignity of livelihood.
Hailing from Rajasthan, artistry runs in Aashiana’s family. Influenced by her father’s screen printing experience and mother’s skills of embroidery and crochet, at Gulmeher, Aashiana developed her own unique artistic abilities to transform flower petals into delicate art masterpieces.
She couldn’t help but smile demurely remembering how her journey at Gulmeher has helped her hone her skills par excellence. While one of the most trusted artisans at Gulmeher, her work most definitely speaks for itself. Aashiana’s most prestigious work has been to create a portrait of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi.
Working alongside her friends at Gulmeher, Aashiana believes that the language of flowers is universal and yet their fragrances evoke a unique emotion in each person, just like the Gulmeher women, who speak the shared language of art but each bring their own dialect in the form of their unique skills.
Check out some of the products created by Aashiana at Gulmeher.