Origin : Warli folk paintings are the painting of Maharashtra. Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. The word “ Warli” comes from “warla” which means a piece of land or a field Despite being in such close proximity of the largest metropolis in India.
Warli paintings have gained global recognition for its simplicity and beauty. This is the simplest form of art that uses geometric shapes like circles, triangles and lines.
Beautiful Warli Art at the Entrance of the house !
This art form unlike other Indian art forms do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life of the Warli tribe. Warli tribes decorate their hut with Warli painting on walls. The ritual paintings are usually done inside the huts. The circle and triangle are inspiration from nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Images of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern.
All the objects in the art are in a geometric shape of triangle, square or circle. Paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square. Representation of human and animal bodies are done by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. The walls are painted with a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung, making a red ocher background for the wall paintings. Warli tribes use only white for their paintings. Their white pigment is basically a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding agent. Bamboo stick chewed at one end is used as a paintbrush.
This is the simplest form of art and can be done by anyone after a little practice. I also tried my hand at this art. (Hand – Bags made from newspaper with warli art )
Now sharing here is an image of wonderful transformation of a place from stark to fabulous. A very beautifully done Warli art that my friend has done on her terrace wall
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Well, the real good news is that I visited Indian Art Festival. Though I have been to many such exhibitions and fairs earlier where one easily gets to see various arts & handicrafts of India but this was totally different from all those exhibitions. My profound love for Indian arts & crafts prompted me to visit the fair and witness the beautiful melange of colours, art forms, handicrafts and textiles that make India a diverse and culture-rich nation. Continue reading “Indian Art Festival”