Patachitra, the intricate and artistic folk art, literally meaning ‘Picture on cloth canvas’. Its deliberate characterization, dexterous play of lines and colours and mélange of aesthetic themes stand it apart from the other miniature art and painting styles. Earlier done only on a cloth canvas and traditionally known to depict only religious and cultural aspects, today Patachitra artists are seen experimenting new mediums and themes. Seen as a significant cultural memorabilia in the temples, a rare collectable in the form of Ganjappa cards or as an object of pure home décor, Patachitra is an art to live and flourish.
This tradition is inherited in the form of a family sketch book, handed down over generations and cherished as a precious sacred possession. The bold lines, the bright colours and the fine pictorial conceptions 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 floral motives. There is an interesting mix of folk as well as classical elements.
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