Warli Art; An Aesthetic Pleasure

There are many types of folk arts that are done all around the world, Warli Art is one of them. It is a type of art that has originated from Maharashtra tribe, one of the biggest tribes in India. The art is itself one of a kind, as it uses rudimentary geometric shapes such as a Circles, Squares or triangles to form complicated pieces of art. The intricate designs, the captivating details are truly mesmerizing.

These paintings depicted social lives, the daily lives of the people of Maharashtra tribe. Each painting shows a different scene, sometimes a scene of marriage, a depiction of harvest or Trapa dance etc. The usage of triangles was for denoting trees or mountains and humans as well, one inverted triangle joined with an upright one represented a body while circles and kinked line complete the whole form. Circles are also used to denote natural bodies such as the Moon and Sun. Square shows a holy confinement or a portion of land.

It is done by using a blend of simple, everyday items to formulate different Earthy hues to paint this art. Ritually, this art is painted upon the inner walls of the houses, but people also create it on pieces of cotton as well. Ochre tone made from the concoction of twigs, red-brick and soil served to be the background for the art to be drawn. Sometimes, a mixture of water and dung is also used to form an Umbre color for the background. Then a chewed end of a Bamboo stick is dipped in a puree of rice with water along with gum to paint the picture. But in today’s modern world people also use poster or acrylic paints to depict these enchanting art pieces.

Warli Art is now, not just confined to the traditions and culture of its birth place, but its charm has managed to appeal great artists and many people from all around the world. Warli Art is now printed on mugs, clothes, wall hangings etc to add a sense beauty to wherever it is printed.

This traditional art might be only a source of amusement and exquisiteness to the people today, but traditionally this art was drawn on the walls of houses in the villages at the time of marriages to ensure their stability and eternality. These drawing were also considered to provide blessings at the time of child birth and were also used to protect the crops and houses from evil and demonic entities.

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