Pattachitra

“Every artist dips his own brush in his soul, and paints his own nature.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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 colors are handmade using ancient manufacturing techniques. Mythological scenes dominate the artworks and the artisans give expression to vivid acts from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and the Panchatantra. The paintings have a distinct look and feel with a floral border and single-toned color.

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