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Patachitra Orissa, Goddess Saraswati, 14"/20"

Patachitra Orissa, Goddess Saraswati, 14"/20"

by Bariki family

Regular price Rs. 37,500.00
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Material: Handmade pata paper
Colors: Natural, handmade
Patachitra paintings of Odisha are also called as ‘Picture cloths.’ The Traditional Patachitra artists are called ‘Chitrakars.’. Patachitra paintings evolved with the worship of the 12th century temple of Puri, Lord Jagannath, brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.

Chitrakars prepare patta (base canvas) themselves. Layers of fabric are superimposed on each other with tamarind seed paste. At times raw rice powder is mixed with tamarind seed powder for canvas stiffness. After drying the canvas in the sun, a paste of chalkstone powder is mixed with the tamarind seed gum. 

Natural colours are first prepared. The figures are first sketched on the patta. The outlining was earlier done using katha badi (stick) / brush. Chitrakars also make their own brushes. Experienced Chitrakars sketch directly on the patta with light red and light yellow. On completion of the painting, these outline sketches are enhanced with black or red outlines.

The profiles dominate, the chin size tends to be exaggerated, trees are drawn as symbolic. Rivers are depicted by fish and the sky with clouds. Each Patachitra, has a finely drawn border, which supports the painting, but does not distract from the main.

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