Raghurajpur, a small village on the banks of the river Bhargabi near Puri, is a haven of Pattachitra (The intricate and artistic folk art, literally meaning ‘Picture on cloth canvas’) and has attracted the attention of the world as a Heritage village. The economic, social and cultural life of this village revolves around arts and crafts with at least one member from almost every family involved in the arts. There is an informal division of work in the family and every member is engaged in doing something or the other related to paintings. While the men folk and the boys work on the paintings, the women are busy preparing the canvas, boiling the gum or powdering the pigments in a mortar.
The colors used are bright white, red, yellow, blue, green and black and are prepared from natural ingredients.
The Pattachitra paintings originating in small idyllic villages reach across the world, depicts the classical romances, with vibrant colours and superb craftsmanship. The Pattachitra has become a distinct art form and has captured the imagination of artists and art lovers alike both in India and abroad.
The painting will come unframed.
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