Vahanvati Mata - Mata ni Pachedi Painting by Sanjay Chittara

A folk goddess worshipped by the Vaghri community of Gujarat. She is depicted sitting on her vahana, a black goat, which is placed on top of a ship, as shown in the image. She is seen as a goddess who protects travellers and merchants on long travels across the world, on sea and land. In this image, we see the goddess framed in an arch-like frame. The black patch of the painting depicts water with marine creatures. The rest of the painting is covered with smaller deities, devotees and other hindu epics.

About Artist : “This is our 300 year art that was previously done as block print in red and black colour but now we completely create the entire artwork by hand. I learnt this art from my father Shri Chunnilal ji." Sanjay Chittara is a leading exponent of the art of Mata ni Pachedi, and has been conferred the national award in 2000 and the state award in 1999. Today his son Sumit Sanjay Bhai Chittara is also learning the art from him and taking it forward in many new ways.

About the Art- Mata-ni-Pachedi is a traditional art of painting the image of goddesses on a piece of cloth found in the temple which is of a multicoloured animated images of gods and goddesses, devotees, followers, flora and fauna with a narrative story. The term Mata-ni-Pachedi originated from Gujarati language, where Mata means ‘goddess’, ni means ‘belongs to’ and Pachedi means ‘behind’ 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 of different forms on to the cloth. The unique feature of this temple-hanging is the product layout of four to five pieces of Mata-ni-Pachedi erected to form a shrine for the Mother Goddess. Traditional Mata ni Pachedi is a rectangular piece of fabric used as a canopy in the place of ceiling in a nomadic shrine which houses the main mother goddess image at its centre.

DETAILS

  • Size: 3 x 3 Feet
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • Mata ni Pachedi by Sanjay Chittara
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualise the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image
  • Made on cloth with natural colours made by the artist
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks
  • Certificate of Authentication will be provided
  • Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat

• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


Artist


Sanjay Chittara

" This is our 300 year art that was previously done as block print on red and black colour but now we completely create the entire artwork by hand. I learnt this art from my father Shri Chunnilal ji." Sanjay Chittara is a leading exponent of the art of Mata ni Pachedi, and has been conferred the national award in 2000 and the state award in 1999. Today his son Sumit Sanjay Bhai Chittara is also learning the art from him and taking it forward in many new ways.

Art Form

Mata-ni-pachedi

Behind the mother Goddess. When the nomadic Vaghera community was not allowed to visit temples, they created their own temples in their homes by painting these stunning incarnations of the mother goddess on big cloth paintings. Mata ni Pachedi is also known as the Kalamkari of Gujarat with the similarity of using Kalams or pens made of Bamboo for painting and is one of the few folk art forms which involves both block printing as well as free hand drawing. 



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