Saturday, January 30, 2016

Warli Art

Warli painting is a tribal art mostly done by Adivasi from North Sahyadri Range in India (DahanuTalasariJawharPalgharMokhada, and Vikramgadh of Palghar district.).It is originated from Maharashtra.

Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square.Their paintings were monosyllbic. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. 

The ritual paintings are usually done inside the huts. The walls are made of a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung, making a red ochre background for the wall paintings. The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their 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. The wall paintings are done only for special occasions such as weddings or harvests. It usually named after a tribe in Maharashtra,these paintings are done on walls on special occasions and have generally geometrical shapes.Only white colour is used on a red ochre background.
Depiction of the mother goddess, as the symbol of fertility, and scenes of hunting, fishing and farming are some common themes.It has demand not only in India but in abroad also.

With an initiative of empowering women, Roohi's Collection made an attempt to teach women something artistic as well as creative @ hope for Children Foundation, Pune. Sharing a few pictures of the workshop.