Mar 19, 2009

Warli Paintings

A recent visit to the ‘Traditional Art’ exhibition here in Bangalore had me visually feasting the treasured art forms of India. Not just the art pieces, the artists were there too to exhibit their colors, brushes and strokes. 'Art' really doesn't have to be complicated to appreciate it. It is the simplest strokes that sometimes wins your heart.

I am sharing with you the Warli Art pieces with you in this post. The artists were from the Warli district, in the foothills of Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. The tribal people of this place are in international limelight today for this art. Studies in this field indicate that this form of art started some time in 10th century AD.


The women were mostly engaged in this. They smeared the walls with wet cow dung, which was then coated with red mud. They used thin bamboo twigs dipped in rice paste to draw various motifs which depicted their daily life events. A ceremonial event, the walls were repeatedly coated and then painted, thus passing down the art through generations.


Creativity knows no boundaries and now this art comes in various color combination. It is being done on anything and everything, from cards to pots, from pencil holders to bags and even on dress materials and sarees. There are various art centers teaching this art form and it has become more of fashion statement among the youngsters today!



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34 comments:

Louise said...

This is really beautiful. I am always interested in different types of art and mediums. I'm glad I wasn't one who smeared cow dung on the walls, however... not matter how lovely it turned out@!

Wayne said...

those Warli Art pieces look amazing. thankyou for sharing the pictures

bindu said...

I absolutely love warli art. The pots are fabulous!

Straight to Your Hart said...

It does not seem so simple to me and yet you can see it. Beautiful art. You do such a great job capturing your moments..Thank you!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

beautiful pots in the 2nd photo

Maggie May said...

I love this Warli art work and you have put together a really interesting post with beautiful photos.
I was wondering if they treat the pots some way so that the paint doesn't come off? I will read it again in case I missed something!

GMG said...

Hi Indrani!
Lovely post with lovely crafts!
Also adored the Menal Temple! Would love to visit... ;)

Meanwhile, my India 2008 is coming to its end at Blogtrotter. I know you’re getting a bit tired, but there are still some marvels to come ;). Look forward to reading your comments! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Reader Wil said...

Very beautiful, Indira! It's interesting to see how indigenous people draw human figures. Compare these drawings to those of of the Australian Aborigines in the caves, the Egyptian drawings in the graves of the kings and the North American rock paintings.They are all different but beautiful.Thanks for this post and your visit and comment on my blog.

Michelle said...

I love the "primitive" look of the artwork and how funny that it has become trendy with the kids!

Leah said...

thanks for sharing. the pictures are beautiful. i need a trip to a museum!

George said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of this 'simple' but beautiful art.

Ash said...

Gorgeous!

Alex the Girl said...

Very different from what I've seen. It's amazing how this technique is still used.

Gattina said...

I very much like this kind of drawing ! it is so simple but beautiful and expressive !

magiceye said...

love this traditional art!

Joy said...

Interesting and so, so beautiful.

Maddy said...

we were recently gifted a set of coasters by a friend and only after seeing your blog figured out what the hand paintings on them are all about..

Cuckoo said...

Warli painting has its own charm.

Jeany said...

Oh, I loves those baskets and fgabrics. So beautifull. I'm getting a lot off ideas trhow this pictures, thank u again for sharing. Best wishes from jeany's Brunnen

humanobserver said...

Lovely patern and design and you are true "Creativity knows no boundaries." In between, I shot those reflection images in front of Akshardham Temple.

Onkar said...

Lovely pictures. True, art does not have to be complicated to touch the heart.

Jeany said...

Hi Indrani, it is the combination of the different patterns what attracts me. And yes, the tribal figures look good and 'easy' to try out. But, if I make something like this, I first want to know more of these paintings and the people who make them. I did this too with my Native American craftworks. If this interests you, you can find them under label, Native American on my blog. It is a chance, to honour the people who make such beautiful arts for decades. So, not just copy them, but respect the way of living. Thank you, for asking me and giving me this opportunity. Best wishes, from Jeany

Aviral said...

those pics feel so real

Hilary said...

I guess the cow dung mooootivated them. ;) Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

richies said...

Very beautiful artwork. I find the pottery particularly striking.

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ArtSparker said...

Lovely lyrical pieces these are, full of joy in the daily round.

Nessa said...

Very beautiful.

Anya said...

Sorry I'm late to your post ...... it will not happen again ........... LOL
Its a beautiful piece of art, Its my taste :))
Thanks for sharing ;)

lisaschaos said...

This great art! Very happy! Not sure how I feel about cow dung on my wall though. :)

Lakshmi said...

loved the art.. ive bought a few in Mumbai earlier..didnt know there was an exhibition here

Kat said...

The beauty of the art leaves one spell-bound.

Carrizo said...

Lovely art pieces.

preethu said...

its so amazing.......really good work

Indian Home Maker said...

Beautiful!!I love warli figures!