Ramesh Hengadi / Shantaram Dhadpe
Das machen wir
A picture book from India

Preface by Eveline Masilamani-Meyer and Sonja Matheson.
© Baobab Books, 2011
40 pages, hardcover, handmade,
silkscreen print on recycling paper
ISBN 978-3-905804-18-8
CHF 35.00 / € (D) 26,00 / € (A) 26,80
from ages 4

Run, pull, play, draw … these people are always on the move, rendered in the Warli style of tribal art. It introduces basic verbs to the young reader through a series of brilliantly drawn pictograms, which illustrate the verb and tell a story. Warli art is done by people belonging to a tribal community that lives in Maharashtra, in western India.

The book has been silkscreen printed and bound entirely by hand in Chennai in South India – under fair conditions, of course. In this local workshop a book becomes an art work: The white colour printed on recycled paper evokes the earth walls of the Warli houses.

»Unique and assiduously crafted book.« Publishers Weekly

The Artists

Ramesh Hengadi (*1974) and Shantaram Dhadpe (*1965) belong to the indigenous Indian Warli tribe. They live in the Thane District in the state of Maharashtra. Both practised traditional Warli painting since childhood and made it later their profession.


On suggestion of the Indian publisher Gita Wolf the two artists present the every day life in paintings exclusively for this book.




Original Edition: Do! © 2009 by Tara Books, Chennai