The word Patachitra is derived from the Sanskrit word “pata”, which means a painted piece of cloth, a picture, a tablet, a bottle or a plate; “chitra” means painting or picture. The tradition of making Patachitra paintings goes back to the 8th century AD. Patachitra today is a shining example of an age old tradition helping keep an old art form alive.
Patachitra is a style of paintings practiced among the tribal and indigenous people of Odisha. The artists, making these paintings usually do not have other sources of livelihood.
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The canvas is skillfully made.
Cloth is bonded with gum made from powdered tamarind seeds, dried in the sun and burnished on both sides with a stone and subsequently with a smooth pebble.
The painted scrolls depict episodes from mythology and stories related to religious, mythological and folklore (such as Jagannath, Lord Krishna and stories from the Ramayana and Mahabarata).
Relying on natural elements for its colors and materials, Patachitra could be a symbolic of how painting and art can be practiced in complete harmony with nature, without the use of toxic paints and chemicals.
Painting done on the Glass Bottle is absolutely breathtaking. Images translate the tribal love towards nature. The fine detailing and delicate skills used by the artist makes this a great piece to add to your artistic collection.
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