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The Rogan art of painting is an ancient art over three hundred years old. The traditional Rogan flower motifs and designs speak of a Persian influence and the word Rogan itself means oil-based in Persian.  When castor oil is heated over fire for more than twelve hours and cast into cold water, it produces a thick residue called Rogan, which is mixed with natural colors obtained from the earth. With a six-inch metal stick or pen, the Artist draws out from this a fine thread which is painted to the cloth. Rogan painting is delicately and precisely painted from one’s own creative imagination and is done with total concentration sitting on the floor without using a table-frame or any outline. Rogan painted cloth is used for making pillow covers, tablecloths, wall hangings, file folders, decorative pieces and even saris. Rogan art is a rare craft that is not well known even in India. Because of its rare qualities, it’s practiced by only one family in India and they reside in Kutch in Gujarat.

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