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The Project

Godna
Chittara

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Note that Chittara drawings only include A-Z uppercase letters.

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Chittara

Chittara originated from ancient cave paintings and eventually found its way to the walls and floors of village homes. The Kannada word Chittara (which is related to chittra) means creating an image or drawing. Historically, the artform has been practiced by women of the Deevaru community in the Sagar district of Karnataka, where these images were painted on auspicious occasions on the interiors and exteriors of the home. These paintings are a part of the family and community rituals associated with daily life and festive seasons.

This form is only done by the woman of the house to make the entrance auspicious and to welcome the gods. In this project we had to explain the rules of type design as well as how this specific artwork can be transformed into type. We intentionally let the artist, Radha Sullur, draw and paint all the letters herself.

The last image depicts the vectorized version of this typeface. Vectorization allows users to change all sorts of attributes such as color, gradient, drop shadow and much more! We are seeking CSR funds to make this into a full-fledged typeface (OTP) anyone can type this using any keyboard enabled device.

Drawing Chittara letter-forms: Radha Sullur, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Concept, Co-ordination, Cleaning up and Vectorization of the letters: Ishan Khosla Design, New Delhi, India.
Type Design : Andreu Balius, Barcelona, Spain.



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Character map included within the font file:



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© Typerepublic / Ishan Khosla Design. Barcelona-Delhi, 2017