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About Maharashtra's Arts and Paintings

Maharashtra, a state in western India, is renowned for its vibrant cultural heritage and diverse artistic traditions. The state is home to the celebrated Ellora and Ajanta Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Known as the land of great Maratha warriors, Maharashtra has a rich legacy in arts, crafts, and literature.

Warli Painting

Warli painting is a tribal art form practiced by the Warli tribe from the North Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra. It dates back to around 2500 BCE. The Warli tribe's artwork was traditionally used to decorate the walls of their huts and convey folk stories and daily activities. The materials used in Warli paintings are derived from nature like cow dung, mud, and rice paste. 

Warli paintings are characterized by their simplistic, monochromatic style, using basic geometric shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. These shapes are used to depict scenes of human figures, animals, and nature, often arranged in intricate patterns to narrate stories and celebrate life events.

Bidriware

Bidriware is a form of metal handicraft that originated in the town of Bidar, Karnataka, but became popular in Maharashtra as well. 

The primary material is an alloy of zinc and copper, which is cast into desired shapes. The surface is then inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver, followed by a process of oxidization that turns the background black while the silver inlay remains shiny.

The specialty of Bidriware lies in its striking contrast between the dark background and the gleaming silver patterns. Common motifs include geometric designs, floral patterns, and scenes from Mughal art. This craft is used to make various items like vases, bowls, trays, and jewelry.

The arts and crafts of Maharashtra reflect the state's rich cultural heritage and artistic excellence. The master artists and artisans preserve and promote these art forms, ensuring that Maharashtra's artistic legacy continues to inspire and enchant people from around the world.

FAQs

Are the artworks handmade?

Yes, all our Rajasthani artforms are handmade by skilled artisans who have inherited these traditional techniques through generations.

Can I customize an art piece?

Yes, we offer customization options for many of our artforms. You can discuss your specific requirements with our team, and we will work with our artisans to create a bespoke piece.


How do I care for and maintain these traditional art pieces?


We provide care instructions with every purchase. Generally, these artworks should be kept away from direct sunlight and moisture. For textiles, we recommend gentle hand washing or dry cleaning.


Can I visit your store or gallery in person?

Currently, we operate primarily online. However, we occasionally participate in art fairs and exhibitions where you can view our collection in person. Check our website for upcoming events and locations.

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