Jody foster rice straw art portrait. Rices straw museum is dedicated to preserve, protect and promote an ancient art from extinction & introduce this beautiful art to the world. Rice straw (dried leaves of rice plant) art originated thousands of years ago when people didn't know how to make different colors, paint or dyes.Artists used the natural shades (colors) of rice straw and created sceneries, animals, people portraits etc. Thousands of tiny pieces of rice straw are used to create a portrait. Everything used in this art are from the nature like dried leaves, glue is gum arabic (sap from a tree), sharp stone, arrow shaped primitive tool, flat wooden piece etc. No color, paint or dye is added to the natural shades of rice straw. Different colored (shades) of straw is selected & sorted out, split open and flattened out with a primitive arrow shaped tool. The glue gum arabic applied to one side of straw and put in place and cut with a double edged razor blade. Thousands of tiny pieces used to create this art and it gives the beauty & uniqueness of this ancient leaf art. Even though this art in existence for thousands of years not many people have seen it nor heard about this ancient art. Ray koshy of galveston, texas is the only rice straw artist in usa. There are only very few artists still practice this art in the world and it is in danger of being extinct art.
Museum is trying to promote this beautiful ancient art and preserve this unique art to the future generations.