image DIY: Warli Art

Folk art is an inherent part of all things that’s cultural. People relate to their roots more comfortably when they have something more personal that they can claim as their own. 

You must be wondering what this Warli Art might be. It is one of the folk art of the Worli tribes of Maharashtra, living in the norther outskirts of Mumbai. This form of painting can be traced back to the 10th century A.D. but wasn’t discovered until the 17th century

Warli paintings generally depict the normal life like images of human beings and animals, along with scenes from daily life. They also depict hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting scenes. White is the only colour used in creating these paintings, with occasional dots in red and yellow. This colour is prepared by grounding rice into white powder.

 This what an original, full Warli painting looks like. 

The first time I saw this wall art was while I was boarding one of the local trains in Mumbai. You never pay attention to the your locality as long as you don’t get late. I was so busy yawning but all of a sudden the crowd cleared and my eye just focussed on this red-coloured wall covered with a beautiful pattern of design. And as I went closer to the wall, the design captivated me further. Inspired by this, I decided to start on this little DIY project. 

This is actually pretty generic since the area to cover was quite small. But I think it turned out to be pretty good. 

What you need: 

  1. A good, clear picture that you can draw
  2. A beautiful bottle/ jar. My mom has this collection of bottles shaped exactly like this because of all this sudden desire for my family to drink sparkling water
  3. A black permanent marker
  4. White-coloured sand that can fill the bottle beautifully and bring out your design.

My mom loves to display all my artwork in the house. So this baby is sitting nice and beautifully in the show-case. 

What do you think?



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