WHAT IS MADHUBANI PAINTING
Madhubani painting, also known as Madhubani art is one of the oldest rural art of India. It is orginated during ramayana era in ancient city Mithila. This form of art is practiced by Women on all religious occasions. Inspired with nature and natural resources, Mithila painting is crafted using natural colours and handmade papers.
Madhubani is a district in North Bihar, India, and the centre of Mithila culture where the women express themselves through exquisite paintings created for all occasions. Women in the villages around Madhubani is practicing this folk art for centuries. These paintings of Mithila more popular as \"madhubani paintings\" are linked to religious ceremonies, particularly marriage and its consequence, procreation. These artists paint figures from nature and myth on household and village walls to mark the seasonal festivals of the religious year, for special events of the life cycle like birth, mundan, yagyopaveet, and marriages.
Our objective is to make this wonderful tradition of women's painting known to people around the world. We view this as the beginning of our journey towards creating an institution that shall create a new source of gainful employment for women and their families in Mithila by purchasing directly from artisans and craftsmen, compensating them fairly and adequately for their work, provide infrastructure & training essential for producing quality work.
Features of Madhubani Paintings
1) Bright and vibrant colors: Madhubani paintings are known for their use of bright and bold colors like red, yellow, green, blue, and black.
2) Nature-inspired themes: Most Madhubani paintings depict scenes from nature, such as trees, animals, birds, flowers, and fish.
3) Two-dimensional imagery: Madhubani paintings typically feature two-dimensional imagery, with no use of shading or perspective.
4) Geometric patterns: The paintings are also known for their use of geometric patterns and shapes, such as circles, triangles, and squares.
5) Symbolic representations: Madhubani paintings often include symbolic representations of different elements, such as the sun, moon, and other celestial bodies.
6) Cultural motifs: Many Madhubani paintings also feature cultural motifs such as wedding processions, rituals, and festivals.
7) Repeating patterns: Repeating patterns are also commonly used in Madhubani paintings, such as floral patterns, waves, and stripes.
8) Natural pigments: Madhubani paintings are traditionally made using natural pigments, such as turmeric, sandalwood, and henna.
9) Intricate detailing: Madhubani paintings often feature intricate detailing, with fine lines and intricate designs.
10) Painted on natural materials: Madhubani paintings are often painted on natural materials such as cloth, paper, or walls, using natural dyes and pigments.