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Update 08/11: Art prints as addons unlocked. Check update #4 on 08/11. Also, don't forget that Tarot Major Arcana deck also known as expansion pack is available as a standalone reward. 

    

     

Update 02/11: PDF booklet with various tarot card games as a gift with every pledge. Update #3 on 02/11.

Update 31/10: Exclusive addons announced (coin, 100% handcrafted playing card & tarot deck). Bharata Tarot Expansion Pack is made available as a standalone reward. Existing backers can check the latest update here: Update #2 on 31/10

   

THE PROJECT

My name is Sunish Chabba and I'm pleased to introduce you to Bharata Tarot Playing Cards. Initially launched as a stretch goal to an already fulfilled project on Kickstarter for an Indian themed poker deck titled "Bharata Playing Cards", Bharata Tarot Playing Cards deck is inspired by traditional Indian folk art forms, Kishangarh paintings,  miniature paintings & Tarot and made in collaboration with one of the top Indian illustrators Ishan Trivedi. After receiving the feedback on the last project, I'm relaunching this again along with the inclusion of a second deck titled "Bharata Tarot (Major Arcana) Expansion Pack" for everyone who likes to have a full 78 cards tarot deck set with them.

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.

Influenced by Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck & Arcana Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko, Bharata Tarot Playing Card deck's art will appeal to both tarot & playing card collectors. It is  a functional playing card deck with tarot as the inspiration.

This deck replaces the 2 Jokers with 4 Page cards. This makes the current deck in line with Minor Arcana and has a total of 56 cards. 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

I need your help to bring these 2 decks 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!

Bharata Tarot Playing Cards - Specs

  • Fully custom illustrated cards based on Indian folk art forms 
  • 56 Poker size cards (63 X 88 mm) 
  • Super sturdy & elegant tuckbox with embossing & silver foil (both outside & inside) 
  • 330 GSM German Top Quality Black Core Card Stock with linen finish 
  • Silver gilded edges 
  • Worldwide free shipping* - continuing the tradition similar to my previous projects on Kickstarter (do read the feedback on shipping & packaging as given in the Shipping section below)
  • Produced by Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC) 
  • Kickstarter exclusive pricing - Retail prices will be higher and will include shipping post Kickstarter so the best bet is to back it here on Kickstarter itself
  • Each backer will receive a pdf booklet containing tarot card games from around the world

Some of these features are provided in other Kickstarter projects as a stretch goal or at a higher reward tier, but with this deck, you get it all as default. If you want to see what to expect, please take a look here and here.

THE DECK: Bharata Tarot Playing Cards

* All images shown in this campaign are mockups & digital renderings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bharata Tarot Expansion Pack

For everyone who want a complete Tarot deck, the Bharata decks provide the Minor Arcana as one deck and a second deck that provides the cards of the Major Arcana (22 in number. 3 Jokers and 1 double backer are included as additional cards for those who want to make the other deck as a complete poker deck.

Few of the cards are shown below, and more will be revealed as the project progresses. This second deck will have a total of 26 cards (22 - Major Arcana, 3 Jokers & 1 double backer). Both decks combined can also be used to play trick taking games like French Tarot. 

Note: Due to the handcrafted nature of gilding process,  there can be slight variation between the size of both decks. This is unavoidable but it also adds a "one of a kind" element to the decks. 

Specs

  • Fully custom illustrated cards based on Indian folk art forms 
  • 26 Poker size cards (63 X 88 mm) 
  • Super sturdy & elegant tuckbox with embossing &  silver foil (both outside & inside) 
  • 330 GSM German Top Quality Black Core Card Stock with linen finish 
  • Silver gilded edges 
  • Produced by Guru Playing Card Company (GPCC) 
  • Kickstarter exclusive pricing
  • Each backer will receive a pdf booklet containing tarot card games from around the world

These 2 decks combined will give a whole tarot cards set with a total of 82 cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addon- Tarot Reading Cloth - 22" X 22" (USD $10)

Here is the second product in our line of apparel, Limited edition tarot reading cloth (can also be used as a Bandana) with card back design.

Size: 22 in. X 22 in.

Material: Satin

Design on Reading Cloth/Bandana
Design on Reading Cloth/Bandana

 

To add it to your pledge, please add USD $10  to your reward and shoot me a message or else there are a few rewards which already includes this addon.

Here is the sample received from the manufacturer.

Sample provided by the manufacturer
Sample provided by the manufacturer

   

Addon- Bharata Coin

Bharata Coin available as an addon - $15, shipping included. Comes with antique gold finish. Brass alloy, 50 mm dia., 2.5 mm thick and super detailed.

Here is a mockup.

    

For this addon, I've looked & researched into historical Indian coins from 200-400 CE and observed that the coins in that era had a figure (king, animal, bird etc.) on one side with a design on another, which I took inspiration from and used the same vision here too.

I do have plans for coins with different designs but I'd like to check the response here first, and I might offer another once we reach the funding goal.

Addon- 100% handcrafted and handpainted tarot deck

In collaboration with Royal Matriarch Satvashila Devi Bhonsle  of Sawantwadi & Sawantwadi Lacquerwares, this Kickstarter campaign will offer 100% exquisitely handcrafted and handpainted tarot deck. 

Rajmata Satvashila Devi Bhonsle has worked tirelessly for decades to revive traditional art & craft forms and her workshop in the Sawantwadi Palace is one of the only few in the world where this craft of handcrafted & lacquered playing cards (most notably, Ganjifa) still exists.

Specs:

1. Handcrafted from the ground up - preparation of the paper to the handpainted wooden box. Every deck is unique making it one of its kind and a real collector's crave.

2. 100 % illustrated and painted 78 cards (takes weeks to make one deck) - card dimensions are 80 X 110 mm)

3. Comes in a very beautiful, sturdy, handpainted & lacquered wooden box

4. Shipped directly from India. Probable delivery between May'18- Aug'18.

How to pledge for this addon?

To be announced (through project updates once we reach certain funding level)

 

    

Addon- 100% handcrafted Collector's box

For the collectors, I offer 100% handcrafted, painted and lacquered by craftsmen from Sawantwadi Lacquerwares in India. 

  • Made of one of the most expensive woods locally known as Shivan
  • Very durable with high resistance to moisture, it is better than Mahogany, Pecan, Walnut and other wood types (you will usually see wooden boxes for decks made of either Mahogany, Pecan or Walnut or a combination of these)
  • Lacquer process increases the durability of the wood, makes it waterproof and attractive to feel and look at.
  • Handpainted with ancient floral motifs said to be a blend of the traditional Spanish & Portuguese styles with Indian motifs.
  • Holds 2 Bharata decks.

The following pictures are of the Collector's box created for the backers who pledge for it during the Bharata Playing Cards (Original Edition) campaign. As it is handmade, each box is different and there may be design changes which I will be communicating as always through Kickstarter updates.

 

 

    

How to pledge for the Collector's edition box?

1. Limited quantities - First come, first served. I'm not looking to do more than 30 and it will also depend on how many pledges I receive.

2. PM me on Kickstarter to check the availability of the item. Once you get a confirmation, add USD $ 60 (includes worldwide shipping) to your pledge.

3. Planned shipping between May'18- Jul'18 and will be shipped from India. 

4. Note that this add-on includes the box alone and not the decks.

If there is any further question around it, please feel free to reach out to me.

   

Addon- 100% handcrafted and handpainted Ganjifa deck

Only 2 will be made and available as part of the reward tier "Collectors' delight: Guru's big box" <pics and more details to be made available>. This beautiful set of handpainted, lacquered cloth (and not paper) Ganjifa cards will be made using a similar process as it was done in 18th century India. 

Addon- Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition

To add ultra limited and rare original edition of Divine Art Playing Cards- Limited Edition, please add USD $ 35 per deck to your pledge and message me on Kickstarter.  Depending on the inventory left and other factors, I will be able to respond promptly to such requests.

Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition
Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition

 

You can watch the reviews of Divine Art deck here:

VJose32 Playing Card Archive

Magic Orthodoxy

Top 10 decks March 2017 (Divine Art is # 1, yay!!!)

SHIPPING

I am pleased to announce that all reward tiers include worldwide free shipping in a similar tradition as my previous projects. The decks will arrive in a pristine condition (each deck packed using bubble wraps) packaged in a box this time around. The packing is named as "Kryptonian packaging" by one of the backers of my earlier project.

The fulfillment will be done from China where the decks will be produced & everyone should 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 my previous projects.

Feedback on Shipping & Packaging

    

ABOUT GPCC

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 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 followed by Bharata Playing Cards.

When I'm not pursuing these creative endeavors, I work as an IT Consultant in my other life.

I'm a member of 52 Plus Joker - The American Playing Card collectors club.

Reviews of other decks created & produced by GPCC

 

 

 

 

THANKS

A special and heartfelt thanks to my family, friends, Ishan & all backers of Divine Art Playing Cards Limited Edition & Bharata Playing Cards project who made these a reality

Folks @ United Cardists who gave feedback and suggestions during the design & development phase of this deck

Thanks to Mike Ratledge who helped set up the project in US this time around. 

KEEP IN TOUCH

Guru Playing Card Company on Facebook

Guru Playing Card Company on Instagram

Guru Playing Card Company on Twitter

Risks and challenges

I've already fulfilled other projects on Kickstarter (Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition & Bharata Playing Cards) both of which were delivered to backers way early than the 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 this project as well.

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.

-Sunish

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