Warli Art

Living in Thane district of Maharashtra, the Warli tribe is known for the sacred pictographs that they paint on the walls of their huts during wedding rituals. Rice paste and straw was smeared on the walls as base and motifs inspired from their life, nature, epics, legends, local incidents and tales painted on it with a brush made of twigs. Palaghata, the goddess of trees and plants symbolizing creative energy, is the central theme of these paintings. The visual energy of the Warli painting is attained through line drawings of multitudes of tiny human forms engaged in hunting, dancing or cultivating land, colour is not the main criteria. In recent years the medium of these painting has transferred to paper and cloth layered with cowdung paste which produces the characteristic natural and dull background with the motifs painted white.