India has a rich tradition of folk arts, the custodians of which are the many tribes settled in the interiors of our Indian states. Warli paintings are one such precious tribal art originating in the state of Maharashtra. The Warli tribe is believed to initially express the style over the walls of their houses, then slowly developing it to be executed on paper and cloths. Anciently, this means was used for transmitting folklore to a populace not acquainted with the written word.
The most important aspect of the painting is that it does not depict mythological characters or deities but the social life of human beings and their connection with animals around them. An artist named Mrs. Vaishali Kawre from Creative Craft, Nagpur, has been practicing Warli paintings since she was 18 years old. The art was taught to her by the tribal people themselves, residing in the Dahanu taluka in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. Mr. Hareshwar Wanga, a master of Warli painting, was her tutor back then. The product range includes greetings, envelopes, bookmarks, cloths, table mats, bedsheets, and sarees carrying Warli designs.
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