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Exotic Flora & Fauna Patta Painting

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Exotic Flora & Fauna Patta Painting - Black

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SKU : JOCPWMY043

Small Painting - Black Flowers

About Me: I am hand-painted by a national awardee master-artisan hailing from Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa. In ancient times, a creation like me was painted over a palm leaf. However, to offer a more modern touch and a lasting creation, the artisan has used Tussar Silk cloth as a base for the painting, instead of a palm leaf and chemical color in place of locally prepared earth color.

The handloom Tussar cloth is pasted tightly on a ply with hand-made gum, and is polished by rubbing with hand for the painting base. A creation like me come out as a sophisticated painting and need utmost care in painting. A single piece of painting takes months together to paint intricate detail work in the body and the borders. The artisan has taken inspiration from the fertile monsoon season which blooms exotic flowers in the forests.

Tussar Patta Painting is one of the oldest in popular traditional Orissa paintings. Earlier, it was painted for the Lord Jagannath Temple on the occasion of car festival. Paintings like me for years have been appreciated and sought after by Indian Maharajas and aristocrats in ancient days for interior wall decoration.

Measurements: Length - 12.75 inches, Width - 15.5 inches

Color: Brown, Ivory, Maroon, Red, White

Craft Process: Painting: Patta

Craft Region: Orissa: Bhubaneshwar

Theme: Hand Made

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

The Story: "The Patta Chittra". The word "Patta" originates from the Sanskrit language which means "Vashtra/Canvas/Cloth" and "Chittra" stands for "Picture". This art form has the finest of characterization and is a mélange of mythological themes mostly comprising stories from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and legends concerning Krishna, Radha and Lord Jagannath.

History reveals that the Patta paintings revolve around the cult of Lord Jagannath, even being considered to be as old as the construction of the JagannathTemple in Puri somewhere during the 12th Century A.D. These paintings were made by the traditional Chitrakaras (Painters) who used to observe a strict ritual during their assignment. They had to follow high degree of austerities.


The Chitrakara had to be a strict vegetarian during the course of the painting, ought to sleep on the bare ground and also had to donne a new dhoti (a long yard of cloth for men) during that period every day. After the painting was completed, a Mahasnana (Grand Bath) used to be arranged with chanting of mantras (holy chants). Then the paintings were placed in front of the deity along with other offerings. Later these paintings were preserved at the store of the temple.


The `patta', is an indigenously-prepared canvas made of old cotton clothing. The brushes are homemade and are from the buffalo or calf or the mouse hairs. The colours are prepared from vegetable or mineral extracts. The colours used for these paintings are bright and primarily white, red, yellow, blue, green and black. The red colour is used predominently for the back ground. The uniqueness of this painting lies in its overall finesse and also the intricate decorative borders drawn on all sides of the central theme to give it a frame like look.

Shipping & Delivery: I will ship within 1 day of receiving your order. You can expect me to arrive at your doorstep in 3 - 5 business days.

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

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