We are inseparable from nature. Nature is both all around us and deep within us. This set of Odisha Pattachitra paintings on tussar silk cloth is a celebration of nature's perfect harmony. The set consists the Tree of Life-  a giver of life (in A3 size), Wild Life (in A4 size) & Scenic Landscape (in A4 size) in Pattachitra style (mounted). All three paintings are full of life and rhythm. So we find nature’s beauty sincerely depicted in these paintings.

Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular folk art forms of Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. The creation of the Pattachitra paintings is a disciplined art form, and the chitrakars maintain rigidity in their use of colours and patterns, restricting the colours to a single tone. This Pattachitra painting is made on tussar silk.

Preparing the paints is perhaps the most important part of the creation of Pattachitra, engaging the craftsmanship of the chitrakars in using naturally available raw materials to bring about indigenous paints. The gum of the kaitha tree is the chief ingredient, and is used as a base for making different pigments, on which diverse raw materials are mixed for diverse colours. Powdered conch shells, for instance, are used for making a white pigment, while lamp soot is used for a black pigment. The root of the keya plant is usually used for making the common brush, while mouse hair is used on the requirement of finer brushes, to be attached to wooden handles.

Painting by Pramod Kumar Maharana, a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State. 

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