Recently leaf carvings have emerged as a new way to appreciate what mother nature “leaves” behind. (Pun intended.) With delicate precision, the artist slowly scrapes off the leaf's outer layers, revealing its near transparent surface. Not just any leaf will do, artists prefer using the leaves of the Chinar tree, which is native to India, Pakistan, and China. Resembling maple leaves, the distribution of veins in the Chinar leaves are the best suited for this kind of art and the leaves are considered ‘lucky' in Chinese tradition.
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