Heritage Art Form of India: Madhubani

Madhubani, or Mithila, painting is a folk painting of northern India. It is mostly practiced by women in the villages who have passed this art to their daughters through multiple generations. They paint pictures of nature and mythology to depict different events like birth, marriage, and cycles of life.

The history of Madhubani paintings

A 2500-year-old folk art, the history of Madhubani paintings is said to date back to the time of Ramayana, when king Janaka asked an artist to capture his daughter Sita’s wedding to prince Rama. These paintings were usually created by women on walls and floors of homes during festivals, ceremonies or special occasions. Having originated in the Mithila region in Bihar, this form of painting, also known as Mithila art, has been in practice in areas around Bihar and Nepal.

What makes so special to Madhubani?

Madhubani paintings are done using fingers and twigs as well as matchsticks and pen nibs in the modern day. Usually bright colours are used in these paintings. Borders embellished with geometric and floral patterns. Natural dyes are used for the paintings.

Here is the small tutorial for Madhubani Painting… A Madhubani Bird

Step 1: Trace the design on paper

Step 2: Make a small border for the design as i have made for this bird.

Step 3: fill the border with any geometrical pattern i used small lines you can choose circles ,triangles and any others of your choice.

Step 3: Fill bright colors and finish .I have used colored pencil same can be done with water colors.

Madhubani remains ever popular on the home decor front in the form of prints for table linens, napkin rings, and lamps and most importantly on wall hangings. Mostly because Mithila art was originally used for decorating walls and floors of homes.

I am here to make lives a bit richer by paying tribute to my nation’s heritage and authentic Madhubani art.

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