Hand-painted Scarves : Saurachitra and Madhubani

Saura Chitra tribal painting from Odisha – Ladies Scarves

Of the Sixty two tribal communities of Odisha, seven have significant tradition of mural paintings but the Sauras carry this traditional art form the farthest. While they originated as wall pictograms representing religious occasions of great import, they have over time been adapted into patterns that adorn textiles as well. Often seen as simple depictions of human and animal figures, many of the mural paintings require detailed explanations to understand the connect to the religious occasion that led to its creation. Today however, they are adored as art which is individually simplistic, but when combined in geometric patterns, stunningly elegant. This is evident in the Saurachitra paintings, sarees and scarves that are being produced to ensure that the artistic tradition continues to stay alive.

Themes of nature and mythology from Madhubani, Bihar – Ladies Scarves

The Madhubani style of painting can be traced to the Madhubani district in Bihar, literally meaning ‘a forest of honey’, where women spent a lot of time making these paintings on the walls of their homes. Mainly attributed to the upper caste in the beginning, this was later taken up by women across all castes.

The women used their keen sense of beauty to create evocative paintings of gods and goddesses, animals and characters from mythology, using natural dyes and pigments and painted with the help of twigs, fingers and matchsticks.

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