Rogaan is a Persian word, meaning Oil. It gets its name since the colours used in this painting have an oil base. The colours used in Rogaan painting are made from natural vegetable colours and castor oil. Traditionally Rogaan painting was done only by the male members of the family, as they believed that a family craft like Rogaan would become common with girls taking the craft with them when they get married. It is only in the recent times that Rogaan painting has been taught to girls.
Castor oil is boiled at high temperatures for 2-3 days. The boiled castor oil looks like jelly when it cool which is then mixed with colour pigments and minerals to get the desired colour and consistency. The colour is directly applied on the fabric using a metal or wooden stick. There are no tracing involved, artist make patterns from their imagination and memory.
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