Sculptures have evolved into an important art form across all cultures since prehistoric days. In the ancient days, the remains of its existence still make space in our museums, old palaces, and parks in the form of idols, fountains, and statues. Statuary, a hand modeling method enjoys a significant role in the world of sculpting. Casting statues with fiberglass resin is a new entrant in the category which is a durable synthetic polymer. These resin statues come with a number of benefits like sophisticated detailing, lightweight structures, and harsh climate resistance, along with the quality of mimicking the appearance of ancient stone, marble, bronze, or porcelain sculptures. It is a method where a liquid synthetic resin is poured into a mold to harden and give forms that make collectible toys, models, figures, as well as small-scale jewelry.
Ahmednagar, a state of Maharashtra was once a territory believed to be founded by Nizam Ahmed Shah. Ahmednagar with a rich history of more than five centuries traces its roots back to 1490 CE. The place situated in the west-central part of Maharashtra hosts four grand festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Tabut festival, Navratri, and Makar Sankranti, thus making it a cultural hub and a harvest land for skilled craftsmen and artisans.
Mr. Ganesh Ambadas Mudiganti, an Ahmednagar-based artisan who runs a sculpting workshop, has created fiber casting statues for 16 years. He, along with his team members, makes use of flexible rubber molds made from room temperature vulcanized (RTV) silicone rubber and a mixture of resin, chalk powder, and fiber liquid to produce these magnificent models, which are in great demand in the market.