An organisation brings memories of Tamil Nadu to unique illustrated playing cards.
What’s it about? City-based Vizha is a multidisciplinary team that experiments with food, culture, and design. Their latest initiative is Seetu Kattu. They contain illustrated playing cards that delve into Tamil culture and language. The idea came from research on another project to preserve the language. Eventually, they landed on playing cards that could be easily developed.
- Each card symbolises a month and its significance. For example, the jar of pickles represents Panguni, a popular time to make oorugai (pickles). The sugarcane mesh represents Pongal.
- Navaratri and Purutasi are shown when a lot of festivals happen. Kites are drawn to represent Aadi, which is the windiest month of the year.
About Vizha and future plans: Founders Akash Muralidaran, Sanjana, and Darshini want to preserve local identity and celebrate the bond between people and nature. They help empower local artists, promote sustainability, and innovate local cuisine. They’re currently working on their upcoming calendar.
(Image credits: Vizha’s Instagram Post)