Biṭāla is the bravery ordinary people find within themselves when faced with war.
Only authentic materials in their purest state were used to make this piece. For blue, I combined two grades of azurite I ground and separated myself: the finer lighter grade provides colour coverage, while the coarser grade sits on top to recreate the deep blue and texture of azurite. The result is an intensely mineral surface that sparkles with natural azurite crystals. The binder is egg glair, while the 24ct gold is applied over gum ammoniac, a plant sap historically used for this purpose. The paper is a gorgeous, dense cotton rag with a rustic unprocessed look.