Tree of Life & peacocks, Mata ni Pachedi painting by Dilip Chittara

Artist : Dilip Chittara
Size : Large
Dimensions : H-4 W-4ft I H-48 W-48 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Cloth

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Artist


Dilip Chittara

Dilip Chittara is a 5th generation Mata ni Pachedi artist. Dilip ji is both a national and state award winner. His is one of the 10 families left who are practicing this art and reside in Ashoknagar(near Ahmedabad in Gujarat).

 

Mata ni pachedi literally means “behind the mother goddess”, and is a cloth that constitutes a temple of the goddess. When people of the nomadic Vaghari community of Gujarat were barred from entering temples, they made their own shrines with depictions of the Mother Goddess on cloth. This ingenuous solution is believed to be the origin of Mata ni Pachedi, the sacred art, which is now revered by all.

 



Art Form

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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