Warli paintings represent the daily life and events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra. These unique representations use a mud base and mainly one color – usually white, with perhaps dots of red and yellow. This white colour is of natural origin, made from ground rice. Traditionally, these paintings do not use straight lines and instead the lines are made by using dots and dashes. They use triangles, squares and circles though. The limbs of the figures are always flowing, graceful and curved. The curved lines of the limbs are an important feature of warli art.
The first picture has a red natural base with the white rice paints to make the drawings. Many of these paintings and art style depict dances of the tribes. The dancers hold one another around their waists move around the musician.
This is a black mud base and white rice paints used for the drawings. These paintings use a circle, a triangle and a square. The circle represents the sun and the moon, the triangle mountains and trees. The square seems to represent a “sacred enclosure” or a piece of land. Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip – the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium “symbolizes the balance of the universe, and of the couple.”
This art is now used for commercial purposes and paper is used for the paintings. Various items like trays, pen stands and coasters decorated with this style of painting are available in the market.
Here is a box of wooden coasters with Warli drawings on them.
This is a picture of a wooden pen-stand with Warli drawings.
This is a pretty wooden tray with village life depicted in the warli drawings. Activities like dancing and community living are portrayed here.
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