…is the literal translation of ‘Madhubani‘. Madhubani is an art form practiced by women in the town of Madhubani in Bihar – a state in India. A traditional skill handed down through generations – the paintings are done on paper or cloth. Also known as Mithila paintings, these exquisite works of folk art have now found their niche in contemporary Indian design sensibilities. Though primarily used as wall decor, these designs are also used by top fashion designers in Indo-western ensembles. These paintings are done using natural colors (plant extracts), and use symbols like sun, women, animals, fishes and birds to represent the human lifecycle. Iconic Indian Gods like Krishna, Ganesha and Shiva are also popular!
Showcasing some beautiful (and colorful!) Madhubani paintings Fish symbolises fertility ‘Ardhnareshwar’ – Man and Woman
Shows the nine planetary positions
Close up. Colors that will brighten up any room, any day!
Above images from some excellent online resources (you can also buy Madhubani art here) :
I would love to hear your ideas on where you would visualize such art in your home? 🙂