Pattachitra is a traditional, cloth-based scroll painting from West Bengal and Odisha. It is a work of intricate art and a single painting can sometimes take months to complete. The artists make use of hundred percent natural materials and even the colours are handmade using ancient manufacturing techniques. Chitrakars or artists typically use conch cells for white colours, harikala stones for yellow, and hingula mineral for red. The paintings could be found on clothes, canvas, and even outer walls of the houses. Mythological scenes dominate the art works and the artisans give expression to vivid acts from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and the Panchatantra. This depiction of scenes makes them the illustrated story books of ancient times. Although one can find Pattachitra Paintings all over the Odisha state, the most spectacular ones remain at Raghurajpur which is known as the heritage village of India. The paintings have a distinct look and feel with floral border and single toned colour. The two houses of Pattachitra are known as Orissa Pattachitra and Bengal Pattachitra.
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