Chitra Pothi

Chitra Pothi
November 3, 2016 Heartisania

Brief introduction

Patachitra, the intricate and artistic folk art, literally meaning ‘Picture on cloth canvas’ is a traditional treasure. Pattachitra artists are called ‘Chitrakaars’ (Painters), mainly belonging to the Maharana and Mahapatra castes. This tradition is inherited in the form of a family sketch book, handed down over generations and cherished as a precious sacred possession. Earlier indented as a man’s domain, today even women play an active part in upholding this rare heritage.

The bold lines, bright colours and ne pictorial concepts distinguish this art form from the rest. Its uniqueness lies in its overall finesse and rhythmic juxtaposition of elements. A typical feature being the intricate borders embellishing the central theme of every Pata painting, usually in red and involving oral motives. There is an interesting mix of folk as well as classical elements. It is also experimented on multiple objects and surfaces to create aesthetic pieces of art.

Chitra Pothi

Palm leaves have long been used as writing materials. An exclusively indigenous tradition of Orissa, the craft of palm leaf manuscripts dates back to the medieval period. Palm leaf engraving, also called Talapatrachitra, is an ancient form of folk art originated in the Indian State of Orissa. Colours are muted and have a minor role to play. The themes used are mythological, spiritual and erotic.

Usually the legends of Ramayana and Mahabharata, images of gods and goddesses, nature and wildlife themes are presented. Vibrant visual vegetable and mineral colors are used. Romantic gurus drawn on small leaves now serve as bookmarks in today’s times.

Pattachitra is practiced mainly by artist families, but is a difficult profession to continue. These artists need help and support. As with other crafts, they are diversifying into painting boxes, bottles, furniture etc. Pattachitra painting on Tussar silk is gaining popularity as wall hanging.

Chitra Pothi crafts

  • 02.045.10.01.11.02
    £233.95

    Pattachitra: story of krishna on tussar silk, horizontal.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Only natural colours are used. Colours are obtained by processing earth and vegetable dyes. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pattachitra paintings are priced according to the intricacy of work - the more minute detail, the more the price. This one is the story of Krishna, depicting incidents from his life, done on tussar silk. Size L 106,7cm x W 61cm.
    £233.95
    £233.95
  • 02.045.10.01.11.04
    £64.95

    Pattachitra: radha krishna with lotus, horizontal.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Only natural colours are used. Colours are obtained by processing earth and vegetable dyes. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pattachitra paintings are priced according to the intricacy of work - the more minute detail, the more the price. This one depicts Krishna with radha standing in a lotus. The figures are beautifully drawn, with great attention to grace and depth. Size L 61cm x W 45,7cm.
    £64.95
    £64.95
  • 02.045.10.01.11.07
    £35.95

    Pattachitra: ganesha, horizontal.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Only natural colours are used. Colours are obtained by processing earth and vegetable dyes. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pattachitra paintings are priced according to the intricacy of work - the more minute detail, the more the price. Ganesha is rarely depicted in pattachitra - Krishna is the favoured diety, so this is a unique piece of art. Size L 45,7cm x W 33cm.
    £35.95
    £35.95
  • 02.045.10.01.11.06
    £35.95

    Pattachitra: krishna govardhan, vertical.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Only natural colours are used. Colours are obtained by processing earth and vegetable dyes. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pattachitra paintings are priced according to the intricacy of work - the more minute detail, the more the price. This one depicts Krishna holding the mountain of govardhan with his finger, with just two of his friends by his side. Size L 45,7cm x W 33cm.
    £35.95
    £35.95
  • 02.045.10.01.11.05
    £64.95

    Pattachitra: krishna govardhan, horizontal.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Only natural colours are used. Colours are obtained by processing earth and vegetable dyes. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pattachitra paintings are priced according to the intricacy of work - the more minute detail, the more the price. This one depicts an incident from the life of Krishna, where he holds up the mountain of govardhan with his finger. Attention to detail in the surrounding figures and their expressions make this a lovely work of art. Because Krishna was a cowherd, cows play an important part in his paintings. Size L 60,96cm x W 45,72cm.
    £64.95
    £64.95
  • 02.045.10.01.11.01
    £47.95

    Pattachitra: story of krishna on flat canvas, vertical.

    Pattachitra is a traditional painting of the state of Odisha, India. The name pattachitra has evolved from the sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is essentially painting done on canvas. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology, and are usually inspired by lord jagannath, the reigning deity of Odisha. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. Traditionally, painters are known as chitrakars. A pattachitra painter's home is his studio, and all the members of the family join in all stages of the work. Colours may be filled in by junior artistes from his family. Nowadays, women are also allowed to fill in colours. Traditionally, only men did this. Women prepare the glue, the canvas and apply fill-in colours, and give the final lacquer coating. A single painting goes thru many stages of preparation - it is both labour and time-intensive. Our pattachitra paintings are from raghurajpur, a village that specialises in this craft, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Size L 45,7cm x W 30,5cm.
    £47.95
    £47.95
  • 02.045.11.01.02.08
    £43.50

    Palm leaf scroll: ganesh on asura black. horizontal.

    Palm leaf scrolls are very intricately etched palm leaves, strung together to make a large painting. Since the painting can only be done between the veins of palm leaves, they are of more or less a uniform size. The process of making a palm leaf scroll is quite painstaking and elaborate. Palm leaves are dried and then treated with turmeric, which makes them bacteria resistant. Then they are sewn together, to form a kind of accordion. The artist etches out images on the palm leaf, using a fine sharp needle. Then the colours are filled in – usually black. One leaf at a time has to be carefully etched, so when the painting is a continuous one, careful co-ordination has to be done between the leaves. The accordion folds make these paintings easy to transport and store. All the paintings have minute details – animals, eyes, hairstyles and hair pieces, tapestries, flowers, trees etc. They are a visual record of the surroundings and a tribute to the artist’s imagination, patience and skill. From an ancient method of documentation, the pattachitra has become a treasured art, thriving under the growing skills of the master craftsmen of Orissa. Our pattachitra scrolls are from the village of raghurajpur, in the eastern state of Odisha. All our scrolls depict traditional themes. This one depicts ganesha killing an asura (demon). Size L 25,4cm x W 20,3cm.
    £43.50
    £43.50
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    £57.50

    Palm leaves story scroll.

    Andhra Pradesh story scroll cut and painted by hand on palm leaves. Perfect as a wall hanging or a coffee table teaser. Size H 70cm x W 15,5cm.
    £57.50
    £57.50

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  1. Nataliya 2 months ago

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

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