(Note: prices are in Australian dollars, funding goal is ~$5800 USD)
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10/07: 2 additional cards (3rd Joker and a double backer) available in the deck making a total of 56 cards per deck. Check update here.
06/07: Collector's edition box available now as an addon. Check latest update here.
03/07: Holographic foil and embossing on tuck made available from now onwards. Ultra exclusive and 100% handcrafted deck available once again - Check update here.
26/06: New Stretch Goals: Holographic foil and embossing on tuckbox. The announcement of 100% Money-Back Guarantee - Check update here.
21/06 : Kickstarter exclusive addons. Bandanas & Uncut sheet- Check update here.
Bharata - The Project
My name is Sunish Chabba and I'm pleased to introduce you to Bharata Playing Cards. Made in collaboration with illustrator Ishan Trivedi, Bharata takes inspiration from traditional Indian folk art forms, Kishangarh paintings & miniature paintings as the central theme while the characters are imagined as part of the Indian royalty.
Bharata is India's original name, and the whole deck is an ode to the stories of Kings & Queens I used to listen & read during my childhood, art forms & history. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of work coming in the form of a fully custom illustrated playing card deck. This project also has a second deck inspired by tarot as a stretch goal.
I need your help to bring this deck to life. Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. Back this project to help make it a reality. Sharing this project on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to your friends is a huge help and is greatly appreciated, thank you so much for being a part of Bharata!
- Fully custom illustrated cards based on Indian folk art forms
- 54 Poker size cards (63 X 88 mm)
- Super sturdy & elegant tuckbox with embossing & gold holographic foil
- 330 GSM German Top Quality Black Core Card Stock with a new linen finish ( Codename - Ornate)
- Gold Gilded edges with a brilliant and shiny real gold look
- Worldwide free shipping on all tiers
- Australian Kickstarter project (all prices on page in AUD)
- Produced by Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC)
- Kickstarter exclusive pricing - It is a guarantee that you won't find playing card decks with similar specs at the given pledge tiers elsewhere on or off Kickstarter.
Blast from the past - Some of the initial concept sketches
Bharata Playing Cards - The deck
* All images shown in this campaign are mockups & digital renderings
I am pleased to announce that all reward tiers for this campaign include worldwide free shipping. Given the feedback from the last Kickstarter project, decks will arrive in a pristine condition packaged in a box this time around. The fulfillment will be done from China where the decks will be produced & everyone will receive their rewards a lot sooner.
Projects of such a scale and complexity can involve delays, so the delivery date given on pledge tiers does include certain buffers, and I'm sure the backers will receive their rewards sooner similar to the Divine Art Playing Cards project.
Stretch Goal#1 - Bharata Tarot Playing Cards
Presenting one of the most special decks of 2017 having a fusion of Tarot with Playing cards - Bharata Tarot Playing Cards will be available to all if we reach AUD $ 14,000 (~ USD $10,500). Influenced by Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck & Arcana Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko, Bharata Tarot deck's art will appeal to both tarot & playing card collectors. It is not intended to be a full tarot deck and has a total of 56 cards per deck making it a functional playing card deck with tarot as the inspiration. As per a no. of tarot readers and practitioners, the 4 cards included in this deck have significant importance in any of the readings, and that's the reason I have gone ahead with them rather than something else.
Note that this deck doesn't include Jokers and has got 4 additional cards: The Tower, The Lovers, The Fool, and Death as part of Major Arcana. Though tarot & playing card correspondences has been a matter of debate but I've gone with the associations described by Avia Venefica & also found in Arcana deck as below:
- Pentacles - Diamonds
- Wands - Clubs
- Cups - Hearts
- Swords - Spades
- Fully custom illustrated cards based on Indian folk art forms
- 56 Poker size cards (52 + 4)
- Super sturdy & elegant tuckbox with silver foil
- 330 GSM German Top Quality Black Core Card Stock with a linen finish
- Silver Gilded edges using superior grade silver leaf
Gold holographic foil on tuckbox and gilded edges - Bharata Playing Cards ( Unlocked)
If you've already seen prism gilded and silver holographic foil on cards or tuckbox, I can assure you that gold holographic foil takes the beauty to an altogether different level. No mockup or rendering can do justice to this, and has never been attempted on a playing cards deck before. So, this is the first time you will see this on a deck of cards.
Embossing on tuckbox (Unlocked)
To add ultra limited and rare original edition of Divine Art Playing Cards- Limited Edition, please add AUD $ 45 per deck to your pledge and message me on Kickstarter.
You can watch the reviews of Divine Art deck here:
Top 10 decks March 2017 (Divine Art is # 1, yay!!!)
Depending on the inventory left and other factors, I will be able to respond promptly to such requests.
What backers said about the first deck - Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition
Here is the first product in our line of apparel, Limited edition Bandanas with card back design. Made in India. Kickstarter exclusive!!!
Dimensions: 19.5" X 10.1"
To add a Bandana to your pledge, please add AUD $30 (~ USD $23) to your reward and shoot me a message.
Extremely Limited and a great piece of Art. Ready to be framed on the wall.
Bharata Playing Cards - uncut sheet :- Add AUD $35 (USD $26) to your reward and message me.
The idea was born of the Design thinking course I was pursuing in Feb'16. The aim of Guru Playing Card Company is to spread and create awareness about the beautiful but traditional art forms as well as use them in a contemporary manner. GPCC is committed to bringing highest quality playing card decks to the customers worldwide. GPCC is a new kid on the block but I am working with 3 top vendors/partners (printer, art gilding workshop & shipping/fulfillment partner) in their field to bring best products to market. Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition was its first successful project that came out of Kickstarter funding.
When I'm not pursuing these creative endeavors, I work as an IT Consultant in my other life.
I'm a member of the International Playing-Card Society (IPCS).
A special and heartfelt thanks to my family, friends, Ishan & all backers of Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition deck who made the first deck from GPCC a reality
Folks @ United Cardists who gave feedback and suggestions during the design & development phase of this deck
KEEP IN TOUCH
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Risks and challenges
I've already fulfilled another Kickstarter (Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition) which was delivered to backers way early than estimated date. I'm confident that this project will be able to meet and/or exceed the expectations from backers on shipping front. Risk mitigation while maintaining constant communication with the backers will be my strategy for Bharata Playing Cards project.
Note: Presented artwork is subject to minor tweaks and updates.
The finished product may vary slightly from the art shown here. As it goes through the printing process, minor revisions may need to be made, and I will keep backers informed of such cases.
You, as a backer, are responsible for import duties, VAT or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities in your respective country as well as providing correct address information in the survey after the campaign has ended.
Thanks for visiting the project page. Please feel free to reach out to me for any question.
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