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Palm leaf painting - Tala Pattachitra

Palm leaf PattachitraEdit

Talapatrachitras, (tala – palm, patra – leaf, chitra – illustration) these palm leaf paintings hold a world of tales and secrets, beautifully depicted by the artists of Orissa. Pattachitra is a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction.
The traditions of pattachitra paintings are more than thousand years old.Palm leaf pattachitra which is in Oriya language known as Tala Pattachitra drawn on palm leaf. First of all palm leaves are left for becoming hard after being taken from tree.Then these are sewn together to form like a canvas. The images are traced by using black or white ink to fill grooves etched on rows of equal-sized panels of palm leaf that are sewn together. These panels can also be easily folded like a fan and packed in a compact pile for better conservation.Often palm-leaf illustrations are more elaborated, obtaining by superimposing layers that are glued together for most of the surface, but in some areas can open like small windows to reveal a second image under the first layer.

Captured this photo at Kala Ghoda Art Festival, 2015-





This post is part of Thursday Challenge. Theme for the week is -  "OLD" (Vintage, Antique, Rusty, Secondhand, Long ago, Aging, Senior,...)

4 comments:

  1. wow so beautiful. It is hard to imagine some of them being over a thousand years old!

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