Warli painting is an art form that comes to us from the indigenous tribes of the coastal areas of Maharasthra and Gujarat. Drawing inspiration from organic and natural forms, Warli paintings depict scenes of hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees and animals.
The triangle and the circle represent the mountains and the trees while the square has come to indicate the sacred enclosure or a piece of land.The central motive in each ritual painting is the square, known as the chauk or chaukat. Inside a chauk, we find palghata, the mother goddess, symbolizing fertility. The male gods are unusual among the Warli and are frequently related to spirits that have taken human shape.
The ritual paintings were usually done inside the huts. The walls, made of a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung give it an ochre/red background after which the painting is done in white. The white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding. They use a bamboo stick chewed at the end to make it as supple as a paintbrush. It was in the 1970s that the art form began to be translated on fabric and paper, allowing the art form to reach a much wider audience.
Our Warli paintings and other Warli products are hand crafted by artisans using the ancient techniques of their forefathers.
CAC has been supporting and promoting Indian art and craft since 1962.
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