Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
A visit to the state museum of Bhubaneshwar in Odisha revealed the beauty of fine Pattachitra paintings of Gods & Goddesses.
These painted textiles are unique and easy to recognize from the way the drawing are made and from the lacquer glossing done over the painting as a way of preserving the paint.
A few pictures of the displays at the musuem:
(The paintings are inside glass casing and so the pictures are not very clear)
And the magnificent Jagannath Temple of Puri :
And the idols of the Jagannath temple of Puri.
All the above are examples from the museum – all of significant age – some 19th century some early 20th century.
A master-artist explaining the materials and the process used in these paintings
Following are a few examples from the Wovensouls collection
Only pattachotras of significant age have this lacquer glaze. For newer one this process is not used.
There is something very appealing about this naive art. Maybe I see the innocence of the people of Odisha reflected in these pieces and that is what makes them attractive!