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Traditionally Red Mud walls are used as canvas for painting. Rice paste is used as a white color for painting on red and brown earthy surface. Chewed bamboo sticks acts as a paint brush. Warli paintings comprise of a combination of some basic forms of geometry the triangle, the square, the circle and some straight and awkward lines. These forms and shapes come from the observation of the nature. The triangle come from mountain and pointed trees. The circle came from the sun and moon. And the square is use to paint the pieces of land and stones as well as innovations of human. Like motor-cycle, concrete houses and buildings, machinery etc.
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During this process "Dhavlerya" (Married Priestesses) sings the marriage song and create festive atmosphere. Warli's and wedding cannot take place in the absence of these painting This Chauk is an origin of warli painting. Warli's believe that with the marriage of the bride and bridegroom all living things are fertilized and re-energized into creativity.
about [ WARLI PAINTING & TRADITIONAL CULTURE ]
Warli painting is one of the greatest contributions of warli people in their art. As warli tribe have their own unique culture, customs, traditional belief's which are very ancient same as their art of mural painting is very unique and ancient. Tradition of painting wall is still preserved by themselves just like their faith on their tradition. Today warli painting is famous worldwide and it becomes a professional line for warli people.
Marriage is an important ceremony in warli community. In that marriage ceremony warli paint "Chauk" on inside wall of house. "Chauk" is a painting of temple of god and Godness .There is two types of "Chauk" one is "Devchauk" and second is "Lagna Chauk". Inside of "Lagna Chauk" we find Mother Goddess "Palghat Devi" symbolizing fertility. Traditionally Chauk painting done by "Suvasni"(Married women who are not widows).
Some History researchers say around the time of 10th century these painting has started. In that time there is no information of letters and that's why warli people write their thoughts and imaginations in paintings. Warli mural paintings are similar to those which are done between 500 and 10000 BCE in the Rock-shelter of Bhimbetka, In Madhya Pradesh.
Warli paintings not only explain the detail of each work but express their emotions too. Keeping this culture alive in this modern era is not everybody's cup of tea. But there are people who are taking care of this tradition as their job. And take us back in 3000 years'