Madhubani, which means Forest of Honey, (‘Madhu’-honey, ‘Ban’-forest or woods) is a region in northern part of Bihar ,the state of India . This painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region; the more recent development of painting on paper and canvas originated among the villages around Madhubani, and it is these latter developments that may correctly be referred to as Madhubani paintings mostly depict the men & its association with nature and the scenes & deity from the ancient epics.
Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and religious plants are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings. Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. Traditionally, painting was one of the skills that was passed down from generation to generation in the families of the Madhubani Region, mainly by women.
Dhokra Art Paintings
Dhokra is non–ferrous metal casting ,which has been used in India for over 4000 years & dates back to pre-historic time of Harrappa and Mohenjodaro period of Indus Civilization. Artwork is done with hand, without any advancement of technology. The artifacts prepared from Dhokra technique of this art use the cow dung, paddy husk and red soil in the preparation, beeswax being the most important one.
Every piece of Dokra art has a distinct identity The artefacts are ritual objects and their themes are mostly animals, jewelry, and icons of gods and goddesses. Easy to mount on the wall, it will bring a artistic look to your home.
The Indian Miniature paintings were developed during 10th century AD in the state of Rajasthan & were influenced by the Rajput culture. These paintings were mainly seen on the mini books written by hand at that time to decorate & make it more interested.
The drawing of such painting is done with very thin & fine brush hair such that one can not see the difference thru naked eyes. The art is so fine that one needs magnifying glass to see the traits of thin brush lines.
Tala Pattachitra Paintings
Pattachitra is a traditional painting of Odisha, the eastern state of India. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture.The traditions of pattachitra paintings are more than thousand years old. Palm leaf pattachitra which is in Oriya language known as Tala Pattachitra drawn on palm leaf. First of all palm leaves are left for becoming hard after being taken from tree.
Then these are sewn together to form like a canvas. The images are traced by using black or white ink to fill grooves etched on rows of equal-sized panels of palm leaf that are sewn together. These panels can also be easily folded like a fan and packed in a compact pile for better conservation.Often palm-leaf illustrations are more elaborated, obtaining by superimposing layers that are glued together for most of the surface, but in some areas can open like small windows to reveal a second image under the first layer.
Warli Painting is a tribal art mainly done by tribal communities in India on the walls from ancient time. These paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square & some very basic nature design to portrait the human spirit & feelings thru art.
The Warli art use only white pigment which is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding agent to draw the different shapes. The background is made from cow dung , leaves & earth mud to give it base color as brown or green. The Warli painting depicts day-to-day activities of tribal communities covering the topics like harvesting, festival, folk story, celebration, temple marriage etc. This is a unique art from India.
Stone Inlay art has been practiced in Indian since ancient time & Taj Mahal is one of the most magnificent example for this art.
It covers a range of techniques for inserting pieces of contrasting mainly Semi-precious stones like Lapis lazuli, Malachite, Cornelian, Coral, Turquoise, Paua Shell, Jasper, Onyx, Agate etc into depressions in a base marble object to form an art or a picture.
India Traditional Terracotta & Pottery
The Terracotta & Pottery is one of the oldest form of art making different kind objects be it kitchen ware , decorative articles , daily usage items & even the houses purely from clay using water & heat to give it shape & strength.
In India the history of this art exists since the inception of Indus Valley Civilization 2000 ~3000 BC & has been practices even now in most of the country .
Terracotta is latin word meaning type of earthen ware. The difference between Terracotta & Pottery is that former art is performed without using Pottery wheel whereas in pottery most of products are made on wheel by giving them round shape using clay & water.
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