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By Aasawari S. Kulkarni · Arlington, USA


Ellora is a display typeface inspired by, and an ode to the rock-cut cave complex of Ellora, Aurangabad, India. This original typeface seeks curves and forms from the carved structures found in the caves, to form tapering, narrow, and structured shapes. The serifs are heavy, and counters are constructed as though carved out of the outer forms. This typeface aims to reflect the delicate strength, and hand-carved craftsmanship of the caves, and has been built with sturdy, solid forms lending a gritty texture.

About Aasawari S. Kulkarni

Aasawari Kulkarni is a designer, writer, and educator from India; currently working as Assistant professor of Design at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University. She runs an independent studio practice focused around type+play. She is interested in the intersection of human behavior and culture, with design. She enjoys collaborating with cultural and educational organizations.