Report of the Heritage Club Final Activities

Tie and Dye Art and Visit to Tambat Ali

Tie and Dye Art
The students of the Heritage Club assembled in class VIII D for the activity on 27 th January 2024. They were introduced to the traditional tie and dye art by providing them with cloth and colours and tutoring them on how this art form can be easily done by them. A few videos were also shown to help them understand the technique of tying and folding cloth and colouring the folds to make varied patterns. Students tried the method of their choice and very efficiently completed the activity.
The feedback received from the students was overwhelming. They enjoyed every stage of the activity. Their enthusiasm and excitement added extra colour to the colourful activity. They also commented on how exciting the whole experience was for them. The students along with the teacher of the club headed towards the school transport for their second activity of the day.

Visit to Tambat Ali
Visits to traditional lanes plays an important role in the development of history and character of the city by generating interest in students and involving them in respecting and preserving the culture. Visit to Tambatt Ali was one such initiative. This visit was a rare one for students as most of them were never aware of the existence of such an alley of coppersmiths. Copper which once was the most favoured metal of the royals, adorned the homes of the
Peshwas, their armour, swords and shields, the crockery and cutlery and their lovely jewellery. The coppersmiths living in the narrow alleys of Tambatt Ali are keeping the tradition of making these items alive. An introduction regarding the lives of these craftsmen were given by an expert from this area who also had planned a guided tour through these lanes along with a visit to a small personal museum, a cooperative bank and a library which were part of this areas age old culture. Students visited the workspaces of these coppersmiths where they got to see the real making of copper wares. From making of copper sheets, to hammering and shaping, moulding, then polishing them and finally intricately designing them to give it the final look before it reached the market was shown to students. Students were briefed about every step of processing and they also got to see the challenges the craftsmen have to go through before they give every product its final appearance. The students received an ancient coin and a copper tumbler each as a take away on behalf of the Heritage Club. This visit that left them spell bound. Both activities helped students understand and appreciate the rich tradition and culture of India.

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