Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Pattachitra Art of Assam

Pattachitra is similar to ‘storyboards’ or stories told along with pictures.

The tales depicted are usually derived from epics such as Bhagawat and Ramayana.

In ancient India, this art was created on palm leaves. Such paintings were found in Assam, Orissa, Kerala and Rajasthan in varied forms.

A few images of the pattachitra paintings in the magnificent collection of the Guwahati Museum:

“Sundara Kanda – Ramayan” Late Medieval period

“Kirtan” 17th Century

“Bhagawat” 16th Century

“Kirtan” 17th Century

“Kirtan” 17th Century

“Shyamnta Haran” 18th Century

“Ramayan” 17th Century

“Phaya Kamma (Burmese)” Medieval period

“Bhagawat – 11th Skanda” Medieval Period

A few pattachitras from Orissa are available in the wovensouls collection here.


Feb 18th, 2011

This post is for Julian Roberts who infected me with his love for antique paintings.

3 comments on “Pattachitra Art of Assam

  1. katie
    March 4, 2011

    yeah nice

  2. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013

    Very nice paintings
    can u tell me where i can get more?

  3. wovensouls
    February 13, 2013

    There are a few in the collection, though none of those have color.
    There are several epics in my collection :
    Geet Gobind
    Lakshmi Purana
    Hanuman Purana
    Boeeto Bandaan
    Kamasutra &
    Ayrurvedic manuscripts
    all antique.
    I will let you know once these are on my website.

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