The History of Warli Art!

I am sharing with you the Warli Art history with you in this post. The artists were from the Warli district, in the foothills of Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. The tribal people of this place are in international limelight today for this art. Studies in this field indicate that this form of art started some time in 10th century AD.

The women were mostly engaged in this. They smeared the walls with wet cow dung, which was then coated with red mud. They used thin bamboo twigs dipped in rice paste to draw various motifs which depicted their daily life events. A ceremonial event, the walls were repeatedly coated and then painted, thus passing down the art through generations.

While there are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Research suggests that the tribal are the propagators of a tradition which originated sometime in the Neolithic period between 2,500 BC and 3,000 BC.

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Warli paintings were mainly done by the women folk. The most important aspect of the painting is that it does not depicts mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life. Pictures of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life are created in a loose rhythmic pattern.

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