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Palm Leaf Etching - Rhombus Krishna Story

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Palm Leaf Etching - Rhombus Krishna Story

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Palm Leaf Etching - Rhombus Krishna Story

About Me: Patachitra ethnic art form essentially consists of inscribing and etching letters and artistic designs on palm-leaf, mostly cut into standard sizes and held together with two wooden plank covers stringed through a hole in the center. To prepare the palm leaf, the unripe leaves of the palm tree are first cut and semi-dried. They are then buried in swamps for 4-5 days for seasoning and the dried in shade. These are then stitched or stringed together as per the need. At times they are stitched after the etching is complete.

The style and the story depicted are mix of both folk and classical elements but leanings more towards folk forms. The dress style has mythological influences. All of the poses have been confined to a few well-defined postures. These are not free from monotonous repetitions, though at times this is necessary to accentuate the narrative character of the style. The lines are bold and clean and angular and sharp. Generally there are no landscapes, perspectives and distant views. All the incidents are seen in close juxtaposition. The background on which the figures are represented, is delineated with decorations of flowers and foliage and the borders have an intricate etch to it.

Etching is done within lines using an iron pen on leaf strips. A paste made of bean leaves, charcoal made of burnt coconut shells, til oil and turmeric is rubbed on the etching that highlights the figures. Colors are hardly used in this are, whatever are used as fillers and in very subdued tones. Vegetable colors and colors procured from minerals such as Hingula and pure lamp black are used.

Care: Carefully wipe clean with a soft dry cloth

Color: Beige, Black

Material: Eco Friendly: Palm Leaf

Craft Process: Painting: Patachitra

Craft Region: Orissa: Bhubaneshwar

Theme: Hand Made

Certification: Geographical Indication (®GI)

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: Patachitra originated when written communication began in the world. Messages and manuscripts were written on the palm leaves to be disseminated. Gradually the trend to decorate the text with images began and it became an art in itself.

The Patachitra are generally located as the earliest indigenous paintings in the Indian state of Odisha. The tradition of Patachitra is closely linked with the worship of Lord Jagannath and claims a distinct place of its own because of its exquisite workmanship. The origin of the paintings is traced to be the 8th century A.D., from the fragmented evidences of cave paintings in Khandagari, Udaigiri and Sitabhinji.

The artists of palm leaf etchings capture the themes of mythological incidents, Gods and Goddesses figures complete with details of hair style and dress, animals, flowers and trees etc. Radha and Krishna, Durga, Ganesha and Saraswati are the most commonly used themes. Stories and incidents of Mahabharat, Ramayana and other epics are also etched. The paintings and drawings also present excellent scenes of nature.

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. Returns are accepted within 7 days from the date of delivery of your order.

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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