Warli paintings

 About Warli painting

Warli  art is an ancient Indian folk art tradition of painting . This art  is mostly practiced in  some parts of  Maharashtra and Gujrat.

The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas. They have their own animistic beliefs, life, customs and traditions, as a result of acculturation they have adopted many Hindu beliefs.

Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square.Their paintings were monosyllabic. These patterns come from their observation of  nature.

These paintings basically consists of geometrical patterns like

•circle: representing the sun and the moon

•Triangle: triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees

•Square: indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. So the central motive in each ritual painting is the square, known as the chauk or chaukat.

The central motif in these ritual paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees  and animals.

These geometric figures are joined together to form beautiful patterns .Like two apex of triangles are joined together to form a human figure.


Warli art uses some common colours and ingredients like henna, indigo, ochre, black, earthy mud and brick red. Warli paintings on paper have become a popular medium of art and are available across India. The small paintings are done on cloth pieces and paper but they look best as wall frames such as the Murals. India paintings have considered Warli art to be one of the most aesthetically appealing forms of art.

Contemporary Warli paintings have however branched out of the usual colors and have started using vibrant as well as rustic colors. Marriage is one of the most important themes in Warli art. Their marriage god, birds, trees, houses,men and women dancing in circles, various celebrations, etc are popular Warli depictions. Flora and fauna, musicians, agriculture, etc are some other paintings that are generic of Warli art. The modern Warli art comprises of abstract as well as more regular representation of objects such as bicycles, transistors, etc in corners of paintings. .These days we can see warli painting on dresses,pots,clocks,walls,wall hangings,key holders etc.

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