Rogan Art refers to the design that is created on cloth using Rogan and paint; this is a traditional art form that Khatri and his family have still kept alive in the streets of India. The Interview by Business insider gives an account of this art form and how the pandemic has affected them. The family practiced this art for the past eight generations and the palm plays a very important role in making the designs alive. The industrial textile and mass revolutions have pushed many out of this traditional art form and Abdul Gaffur Khatri says that it is their family tradition and they have adopted it from one generation to another, he also explained the way the paint is created, they use the Rogan which means Castrol oil in Farsi, the oil is heated for two days due to which it turns into a honey-like texture. He pointed that huge kilograms of oil can easily catch fire and it is dangerous, he said that every one of his family is not expertised in this field. As the oil cools down it is combined with paint by grinding on stone, the mixing is not calculated in nature and said that everything is not on an approximate basis. They mix these colors till both are combined into each other well, Gaffur Khatri Ji says that if we directly take the paint and use it the design would not turn up appropriately and hence as it is thick one has to place it on their palm and swirl the paint till it turns into thin threads. A metal rod is used to make the design on the cloth and Gaffur considers the art as a god's gift as the making or the design everything is based upon the vision of the artist. This is not possible using machines or any other device. Later these designs are cast on the fabric to create a marvellous piece of cloth. Some designs also take two years to create it depends on the complexity of the art, if huge designs have to be made a lot of precision and expertise is necessary. Gaffur said that they are currently running on losses due to the pandemic as the tourism has reduced, they depend on tourists and have no other source. The family awaits what shall happen to turn the situation around, in 1980 he said he wanted to leave to Mumbai in search of work but his family wish and desire bought him back. He also promised his family that he would dedicate his life to this art. He has fulfilled their dream by bringing this tradition to the limelight and has also achieved certain awards, the family has also organized workshops recently and they are similar teaching their further generations to take up the art. Though the Pandemic hit them hard the effort strived in keeping this art form alive and they are striving hard to continue the same.
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