WARLI ART

“When you want to make the main color pure and bright, don’t just keep adding bright colors on it. Just make the colors around the spot darker and dull. It will give the scene dramatic effects. I think life is the same.”- Hiroko Sakai


It is a style of painting that was created mostly by tribal people of Maharashtra. They were drawn on the wall of huts, caves and roadside. It comprises of different geometrical shapes symbolizing nature elements. Male gods are unusual among the Warli and are frequently related to spirits that have taken human shape.


Central aspects depicted in many Warli paintings is the Tarpa dance. A mixture of red sandstone and brick is used to create the background along with chalk powder which completes the painting.
Walls are painted only to mark special occasions such as weddings, festivals, or harvests.
Today, small paintings are done on cloth and paper but they look best on the walls or in the form of huge murals that bring out the vast and magical world of the Warlis.
Warli painting is specially designed by certain households to sell in fair and shops of handmade goods are set up. You could also found warli on the walls of big households and firms.


Warli art to some extent makes us think of being environmentally conscious and finding joy in simple things of life. The art had spread to regions of Rajasthan and Odisha as well.
Jivya Mashe was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 for making the art form popular in international circuits. This helps to keep the traditional culture alive.


Every art form has its own beautiful significance which helps to keep our culture eternal.

Categories: Culture and History