Rice Straw art has been in existence for thousands of years but is in danger of being extinct. The history of straw art goes way back in time when people didn’t know how to make various colors, paint or dyes. The artists at that time used the natural colors of the rice straw (dried leaves of the rice plant) to create images. They used different shades of the rice straw (Dark, light, brown, yellow, white etc) to create color for their art works.
This unique art originated in the southern tip of India called Kerala thousands of years ago and passed on from generation to generation and less than hundred artists practices this beautiful art at this time. Ray is the only artist in USA practices rice straw art. Artist uses very primitive tools in this art like in the old times, uses spear shaped instrument to open up and straighten out the straw. Double edged razor blade or any sharp stones to cut the rice straw. The glue used in this art is called gum Arabic and it is sap from a tree and holds the tiny pieces of straw in place.
Rice straw art is ancient form of leaf art practiced by less than 100 artists around the world today and Ray Koshy of Galveston, Texas is the only artist practices this unique and beautiful ancient leaf art in USA.
Rice Straw Museum in Galveston, Texas is dedicated to Preserve, Promote & Protect this ancient art from extinction and to introduce this beautiful art to America. If you like to know more about this ancient & endangered leaf art and see some of the leaf art works visit my etsy store:
Ray Koshy is the curator of the Rice Straw Museum and he is also a leaf artist. If you like to know more about this beautiful ancient leaf art call or write Ray at 409-762-5621 and his email rkoshy9622 [!at] aol.com