Not a photograph, painting or print but handmade with rice straw. No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the leaves. An ancient & endangered leaf art. Unique handmade collectible leaf art. Museum piece. Only one made.
Collectible leaf art.
Rice straw art.
Rice straw art is an ancient and endangered form of leaf art. This unique form of leaf art developed before our existing knowledge of color application became known. This leaf art consists of using the natural colors of the leaves of the rice plant to form a straw collage of unsurpassed beauty. No color, paint or dye is added to the natural color of the rice straw (Leaves of the rice plant).
This unique art form is in the list of the endangered art and less than 100 artists around the world practices this ancient artistic procedure. The project of saving this art from extinction has been championed by Ray Koshy of Galveston, Texas. If you like to know more about this unique, beautiful leaf art contact Ray at 409-762-5621 or email rkoshy9622 [!at] aol.com. All inquires are welcome.
Size 16” X 20” Completely hand-crafted, signed original art. Not a print or reproduction. Each work of art consists of hundreds of tiny pieces of rice straw (leaves of rice plant)cut and put into place and glued on to the handmade paper. Eco friendly art. All materials used are eco friendly (Leaves, glue is a sap from a tree, handmade paper etc) No two leaves or two leaf art will look exactly alike.
My name is Rajan Koshy
Artist & curator of Rice Straw Museum.
I create rice straw art. This unique art is in the list of endangered form of leaf art. Less than 100 artists practice this ancient art around the world and I am the only rice straw artist in USA.
Rice Straw art is an ancient & endangered leaf art existed many centuries ago but very few people knew about this art, also handfuls of artists still practice this unique, beautiful leaf art. This art originated in the southern tip of India called Kerala & in danger of being extinct. Not many people want to learn this art because because they can make better living doing something else. I learned this leaf art working with some of the masters of this art. I lived with them and learned this art and practice this unique art in Galveston, Texas.
I had a FREE museum in Galveston for many years but I had to close it due to financial reasons, since it was FREE and only income was from the sales of rice straw art and that was not enough to pay the rent & other expenses. Now I opened the museum on the web at ETSY and promoting it. Rice Straw Museum has the largest collection of leaf art anywhere in the world and I am selling some of that collections to the public to create an awareness of the beauty & uniqueness of this special art. No one else is selling leaf art on ETSY or through any other source in USA. You have to see it to believe they are made out of rice straw ( Dried leaves of rice plant). Some of my art especially the portraits are created with thousands of tiny pieces of rice straw & it takes weeks create a single piece. No color paint or dye added to the natural color of rice straw. All the colors or hues you see in rice straw art is natural colors of rice straw. This art originated before we knew how to make color, paint or dye. The artists selected & sorted out different colored straw, opened it with a sharp tool flattened it out, apply glue ( gum Arabic is the glue used & it is the sap from a tree ) on one side placed it on a cloth or paper and cut with a double edged razor blade. Before the razor blades they used sharp stones to cut the rice straw. Everything used to create rice straw art is natural substances like leaves, rice straw, glue, stones etc. even now the artists use the same techniques as used by the forefathers.
Rice Straw Museum is dedicated to preserve, protect & promote this beautiful ancient art from extinction and to introduce this unique art to the world.
No two leaves or leaf art look exactly alike.
I have sold over 200 leaf art through my ETSY shop. I promote other etsy shops through social media like twitter (over 33,689 twitter friends ), Facebook, pinterest etc. I also favor many other etsy shops & in turn many other etsy shop owners promote my shop.
Please call me 4097625621 or email me rkoshy9622 [!at] aol.com. If you have any questions. I have about 7 sections like salute to Hollywood, ancient leaf art, Victorian homes, birds etc. each & everyone of my leaf art is handmade, signed & numbered, unique collectible art. It makes wonderful Christmas gifts.
Have you ever heard of ancient leaf art? Not many people have seen it or heard of it. This unique art is in the list of endangered form of leaf art. Less than 100 artists practice this ancient art around the world and I am the only rice straw artist in USA. I am the one & only artist who practice this unique leaf art in USA.
You have to see it to believe they are made out of rice straw ( Dried leaves of rice plant). Some of my art especially the portraits are created with thousands of tiny pieces of rice straw & it takes weeks create a single piece. No color paint or dye added to the natural color of rice straw. All the colors or hues you see in rice straw art is natural colors of rice straw. This art originated before we knew how to make color, paint or dye. The artists selected & sorted out different colored straw, opened it with a sharp tool flattened it out, apply glue ( gum Arabic is the glue used & it is the sap from a tree ) on one side placed it on a cloth or paper and cut with a double edged razor blade. Before the razor blades they used sharp stones to cut the rice straw. Everything used to create rice straw art is natural substances like leaves, rice straw, glue, stones etc. even now the artists use the same techniques as used by the forefathers.
Unique opportunity for a reporter to expose this ancient and beautiful art to the art lovers in USA and to the world. You can see this beautiful art www.etsy.com/shop/museumshop.
Contact me Ray Koshy 409 762 5621
Rkoshy9622 [!at] aol.com
Information about Rice Straw Art.
Rice straw art is an ancient & Endangered form of leaf art. There are only about 100 artists practice this unique form of leaf art worldwide & that is why it is considered an endangered art.
It origin goes way back in time to hundreds (may be thousands) of years when people didn't know how to make paints, colors or dyes. At that time people used the natural shades or hues of the rice straw (dried leaves of rice plant) to create art using the natural things available. For example the glue used in this art is gum arabic which is sap from a tree and sharp stones to open up, flatten & cut the rice straw. Lately we used double edged razor blades and a primitive arrowhead style tool instead of sharp stones. Other than that the artists still uses everything like in the old times, Everything natural for this ancient leaf art.
The shades of rice straw goes from pale brown to golden brown and everything in between. No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of rice straw. Different colored rice straw is sorted out & separated and it is opened up and flattened out with the primitive tool. Select the right shade of straw and apply glue (gum arabic) on one side placed in position and cut with double edged razor blade. (I learned this art over 40 years ago staying with the masters, living with them for months at a time )This process is repeated till the work is completed. Some work take half hour and some others take weeks to complete. Some work has twenty to thirty pieces of rice straw and some others have three to five thousands of tiny pieces in it. Especially in portraits, each strand of hair is over a dozen tiny pieces of rice straw.
I have been doing this rice straw art over forty years and I have a collection of hundreds of pieces in my collection. I am an artist and curator of the Rice Straw Museum. Rice straw museum was a FREE museum at 501 23rd street in Galveston, Texas for several years in the past. I was paying the rent and all other expenses to run the FREE museum and later on I was unable to continue to do it due to expenses (monthly rent, utilities & other expenses ) So I have that museum on the web on ETSY and I am selling some of my collection at this time to promote, preserve & protect it from extinction. . I did this due to my passion to Preserve, Promote & Protect this ancient leaf art from extinction and to introduce this beautiful, unique art to America & the western world.
This ancient leaf art originated in southern tip of India thousands of years ago and in danger of being extinct due to less & less artisans learns it & practices it. That is why I took it as my job to learn it, practice it teach, preserve, promote & protect it from extinction. Few individuals learned it from me but it is very tedious & time consuming and so I don't know how many still practices it.
I get inspired from nature and I create birds, cats, dogs, people, ships etc with rice leaf and you can see my collection of leaf art at www.etsy.com/shop/museumshop. I have twitter @rajankoshy, Facebook.com/ricestrawmuseum, pinterest board : pinterest.com/rajankoshy. I don't know whether I have given all the information you need or not but please give me a call or email me if you need more information. Tel 4097625621 or email rkoshy9622@aol.