The Intricate Art of Pichwai
India, the land of vibrancy, colour and culture, is also a locus for a variety of ethnic art. There are regions in this country, unheard of otherwise, but known only for the art forms which originate from there.
One such district is the holy town of Nathdwara in the desert state of Rajasthan. The delicate art of Pichwai has its roots here.
Pichwai is a miniature art form with a devotional theme. The paintings are a narrative of tales of the beloved Lord Krishna. His stories of mischief, love and great power are illustrated on cloth or paper. This practice was initiated with the purpose to recite the legend of Krishna to the illiterate. An authentic Pichwai can take up to several months and more often than not, is a group effort by many artists supervised by a Master. Thus, Pichwai art is extremely detailed and made with a passion born in worship.
Pichwai artists in the colourful town of Nathdwara reside in the ‘Chitron ki Gali’ (Street of Paintings) or the ‘Chitrakaron ka Mohallah’ (Locality of Artists). The art form is passé down from generations to generations and is a revered legacy in the family. Originally, the Pichwai art in cloth hangs in the backdrop of the ShrinathJi’s idol at the temple of Nathdwara.
A cultural legacy of India, Pichwai is a fading art. There are very few families which carry forward the tradition. There is a fierce competition in the market from quick fixes like Print Art and Embossed works which make it tough for this intricate and time taking art work to sustain.
BestCollegeArt introduces authentic Pichwai artworks by artist, Pushkar Lohar. Sharp details and vibrancy make these artworks stand out. You can take your pick from our Pichwai Collection available online. The tales of Krishna in subtle yet striking compositions add that undertone of Ethnic Zest to any space.
So go ahead, adorn your walls with ornate Pichwai Paintings and change the vibe!