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About Museum of Folk and Tribal Arts

The Museum of Folk and Tribal Arts is situated opposite the Arya Samaj Mandir in Sector 4 of Gurgaon. It was found in 1984 by the late K.C. Aryan who was a renowned painter, art historian, sculptor, and writer of 23 scholarly books. Above all, he was a man with an immense passion for folk and tribal artworks. He was the first Indian to place objects of art on the world cultural map and worked all his life to accord neglected tribal art the status it never received. His main aim was to preserve the diminishing folk and tribal arts and thereby invested all his savings on these objects. Like he feared, most of them have now become extinct! The museum boasts of a rich collection of unique artifacts from across the country including Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab. These include thousands of tribal bronze objects, litho prints (printing method based on immiscibility of oil and water), tribal wood and stone carvings, folk paintings, folk toys, embroidery work, calico painting (calico is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached cotton), wooden blocks, card puppets and ritualistic artefacts, some of which are as old as 800 years. Collection of old ethnic jewelry and paper-mache (mache is the composite material made of paper pulp) masks are popular exhibits at the museum. The museum deserves recognition for its tireless efforts to showcase India’s priceless artifacts.

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