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MUSEUM SHOP. ART made of REAL LEAVES. Ancient leaf art.

Texas, United States · 288 Sales

museumshop

MUSEUM SHOP. ART made of REAL LEAVES. Ancient leaf art.

Texas, United States 288 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Ray Koshy

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Announcement   CAN YOU BELIEVE ! ! ! Everything in this shop is made out of dried leaves of rice plant & cottonwood tree !!! No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the dried leaves of rice plant. 100% SATISFACTION GUARENTEED OR MONEY BACK for ONE FULL YEAR. If you didn't like my handmade leaf art, simply return it back to me and I will refund your money. No Two LEAVES or two leaf art are exactly alike. Each one is an Original, handmade work of art. Leaf art is Completely hand-crafted, Signed & numbered COLLECTIBLE. ART. Size 5" X 7", 8" X 0", 16" X 20". Rice straw art is an ancient & endangered leaf art. Ray Koshy is one of the few leaf artists practices this unique form of leaf art in USA. Start your collection of leaf art, it is a Great Collectible art.
U N I Q U E & Affordable LEAF ART. Start you collection TODAY. No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the rice straw ( Dried leaves of rice plant). This unique leaf art is an ancient & endangered form of leaf art.
No Black, white, red or any other color only the natural color of rice straw (GOLDEN) it is the natural color of HAY !! No color, paint or dye added to the natural shades of rice straw!
BOGO. BUY any of my handmade leaf art from this shop and I will give you another leaf art of my choice as a FREE GIFT to you. So start your collection of ancient & endangered leaf art today.

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CAN YOU BELIEVE ! ! ! Everything in this shop is made out of dried leaves of rice plant & cottonwood tree !!! No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the dried leaves of rice plant. 100% SATISFACTION GUARENTEED OR MONEY BACK for ONE FULL YEAR. If you didn't like my handmade leaf art, simply return it back to me and I will refund your money. No Two LEAVES or two leaf art are exactly alike. Each one is an Original, handmade work of art. Leaf art is Completely hand-crafted, Signed & numbered COLLECTIBLE. ART. Size 5" X 7", 8" X 0", 16" X 20". Rice straw art is an ancient & endangered leaf art. Ray Koshy is one of the few leaf artists practices this unique form of leaf art in USA. Start your collection of leaf art, it is a Great Collectible art.
U N I Q U E & Affordable LEAF ART. Start you collection TODAY. No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the rice straw ( Dried leaves of rice plant). This unique leaf art is an ancient & endangered form of leaf art.
No Black, white, red or any other color only the natural color of rice straw (GOLDEN) it is the natural color of HAY !! No color, paint or dye added to the natural shades of rice straw!
BOGO. BUY any of my handmade leaf art from this shop and I will give you another leaf art of my choice as a FREE GIFT to you. So start your collection of ancient & endangered leaf art today.

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Rice straw art. An ancient & endangered leaf art

                              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 I am the only one practicing this unique art in USA. There are endangered animal & plant species in the world & there are also some art and cultures are also endangered. Rice straw art is considered as ancient art that is endangered. It is our HERITAGE,please keep it alive.

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 do it due to expenses.  So I have that museum on the web on ETSY and I am selling some of my collection at this time.  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 [!at] aol.com


My name is Rajan Koshy
Artist & curator of Rice Straw Museum.

Each & every piece of my leaf art is handmade, signed & numbered, unique collectible art. It makes wonderful VALENTINE gift.

I am a Galveston artist & 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 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 is in danger of being extinct. Not many people want to learn this art 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

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  • Ray Koshy

    Owner, Curator, Artist

    My name is Rajan Koshy Artist & curator of Rice Straw Museum. I am a Galveston artist & I create rice straw art. I am the only one rice straw artist in USA less than 100 in the whole world! Handmade, signed & numbered leaf art !

  • Rice straw art

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    Artist & curator of Rice Straw Museum. I am a Galveston artist & 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

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Last updated on February 3, 2011
Welcome to Rice Straw Museum. One & Only leaf art Museum in the world.
If you have any questions, problems or just want to say hi, you can always contact us through Etsy's conversations! If you didn't like my handmade leaf art, simply return it & I will refund your mony, no questions asked. Your complete satisfaction guranteed or your money back. You can call me or email me if you have any questions. 409-762-5621

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Great straw art, delivered promptly and as described. Thank you! Buyer: cultureeclectic ( 447) Mar-26-10 17:45
Valentine Gift LOVE BIRDS Parrots Original artwork (#160399343777)
Lovely work of straw art, prompt delivery, good communication. Thank you! Buyer: Mar-26-10 17:05
Rice Straw art. Ancient & Entangered Leaf Art UNIQUE

Beautiful Leaf painting ! Seller was great ! Fast shipping, wonderful item ! A++ +++ Mar-25-10 18:32
Hand painted on a real leaf Two Parrots (#160412732610) US $9.99 View Item
Very unusual..son loves..thanks for all.. Buyer: jeanner2010 ( 39) Mar-25-10 16:19
Tall Ships Leaf art Hand-crafted real leaf art
Superfast delevery. Warm regards from the Netherlands! Buyer: thx1382 ( 183) Mar-19-10 04:49
NATIVITY SCENE Hand-crafted on real Leaf UNIQUE art (#160412582254) US $15.00 View Item
beautiful!! good description, great packaging, QUICK shipping! A+ Buyer: robinjeanmiller ( 453) Mar-02-10 05:14
Jesus, Mary, Joseph on a real leaf Handmade Christmas (#160405810540) US $6.00 View Item
Beautiful piece, received safely and quickly, great seller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buyer: swordfish1 ( 331) Feb-26-10 06:44
NATIVITY SCENE Hand-crafted on real Leaf UNIQUE art (#160402783451) US $6.00 View Item
Very nice item, very creative, received quickly, GREAT SELLER!!!!!!!!!!! Buyer: swordfish1 ( 331) Feb-26-10 06:43
Sailing Ship Hand-crafted on a real leaf Original UNIQU (#160402673689) US $3.99 View Item
Arrived really fast! beautiful product! Would definitely buy from here again! Buyer: queenlilsis ( 21) Feb-22-10 21:18
Tall Ships Leaf art Hand-crafted real leaf art (#160401814382) US $9.00 View Item
Very unique. Arrived quickly in excellent condition Buyer: patchworkladybug ( 331) Feb-22-10 16:45
NATIVITY SCENE Hand-crafted on real Leaf UNIQUE art (#160402087527) US $9.00 View Item
Very unique. Thanks! Buyer: teetotalito ( 138) Feb-21-10 08:46
NATIVITY SCENE Hand-crafted on real Leaf UNIQUE art (#160402086744) US $9.00 View Item
very unique and speedy delivery!! Buyer: co_julie ( 601) Feb-17-10 16:54
Jesus, Mary, Joseph on a real leaf Handmade Christmas (#160401952229) US $6.00 View Item
nice frameable piece THANKS ***** Buyer: efine2hbg ( 223) Feb-10-10 11:25
Valentine Gift LOVE BIRDS Cardinals Original artwork (#160399342418) US $1.00