Tree of Life, Mata ni Pachedi painting by Chandrakant Bhulabhai

Artist : Chandrakant Bhulabhai
Size : Medium
Dimensions : H-1.5 W-0.9ft I H-19 W-11 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Cloth

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Mata-ni-pachedi

Mata-ni-Pachedi is a traditional art of painting the image of goddesses on a piece of fabric found in the temple that is colourful animated pictures of gods and goddesses, devotees and followers, flora and wildlife with a narrative theme. Mata-ni-Pachedi comes from the Gujarati language, where Mata means "goddess," ni means "belongs to," and Pachedi means "behind." When the nomadic Vaghari population of Gujarat was forbidden from attending temples, they created their own shrines on cloth with representations of the Mother Goddess in various shapes. The product layout of four to five pieces of Mata-ni-Pachedi built to make a shrine for the Mother Goddess is the distinctive feature of this temple-hanging.



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