Friday, August 29, 2014

Patachitra- Pride of Orissa

Already I have written about Patachitra in my earlier post. In this post sharing about the process of making patachitra and the designs and motifs used in Patachitra.
The Patachitra are made on Palm leaf strips joined with stitches.
Here you can see the one I have,
The theme in this Patachitra is Shri Krishna and Dashavatara pictures. The pictures are engraved on the palm leaf.
Here you can see the engraved picture, closely.
The middle picture is of Krishna and Radha, the surrounding motifs are of Dashavatara( 10 reincarnation  of Shri Vishnu) . Here are the beautiful motifs:

The borders are normally have geometrical motifs or floral designs.
Floral borders:

Geometrical border:
The Patachitra is also done on clothes. Before making the painting the cloth is bonded with gum made of tamarind powder to hold the paint properly.After applying the tamarind paste the cloth is dried in sun. Once dried rubbed on both the sides with stone first and then with smooth pebble. Then the design is painted on the cloth with natural dyes.
Here is a colorful Patachitra.
Each Patachitra is painted so intricately that, every painting shows the effort of the artist. Its not only just a decorative painting, Patachtra has a role in some rituals performed in temple of Puri.
I'm really happy to share about this unique art which is part of diversity of India.

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  1. Now I have shifted to Orissa and have heard abt these. Wish to have first encounter ASAP. Good post. TY.

  2. This is an ancient art & so wonderful that it is still in demand.
    Nicely shared.

    The paintings onn Palm-leaves are Tala Patra Chitra.
    PattaChitra paintings use many bright colors & lovely designs.

  3. So Lovely! Great detail and pretty designs :)

  4. Amazing art work.
    Good presentation Ranjana.

  5. This is so beautiful ! Love the collection of Patta chitra paintings and a truly informative post


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