Penkraft |Art Forms | Madhubani-Painting

Madhubani painting originated in a small village, known as Maithili, of the Bihar state of India. Initially, the women folk of the village drew the paintings on the walls of their home, as an illustration of their thoughts, hopes, and dreams.
The traditional base of freshly plastered mud wall of the hut has now been replaced by cloth, handmade paper, and canvas. Since the paintings have been confined to a limited geographical range, the themes, as well as the style, are, more or less, the same. Indian Maithili paintings make use of three-dimensional images and the colours that are used are derived mainly from plants. The themes on which these paintings are based include nature and mythological events. The first reference to the Maithili painting of Bihar dates back to the time of Ramayana when King Janaka ordered the paintings to be created for his daughter, Sita's, wedding.

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