Art of Madhubani Paintings
is the one of the world's most diverse countries, known for
its rich cultural heritage. Each Indian state adds to this
heritage through handicrafts items, pottery, ethnic clothes,
arts, and jewellery, etc.
One state that
has been contributing to the National and International Handicrafts
market is the state of Bihar, well known worldwide for its
Madhubani Paintings, also called Maithili Paintings.
The art of
Madhubani Paintings originated in the homes of women living
in villages close to the small town of Madhubani, in Bihar
(Northern India). What was a daily ritual for these women
for centuries saw commercial success only in the 1960's, when
these traditional paintings became available for commercial
What is a Madhubani Painting?
women of Madhubani portrayed their customs, beliefs, and creativity
by painting on the walls and floors of their homes. No festival
or wedding was considered complete without these paintings.
typical Madhubani painting consists of symbols, lines and patterns
that support a main theme. With the commercialization of this
art form, Madhubani Artists from Bihar started creating the paintings
on handmade paper and cloth, using poster colours, etc.
Usually, the central
theme of the paintings is Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The theme then
evolves into a story with the use of symbols.
Paintings make perfect keepsakes. Each Painting showcases the craftsmanship
of these traditional village women who use their free hand to create
masterpieces which live to tell their story through the ages. The
Madhubani art form is passed on through generations from mothers
to daughters, keeping the tradition alive.
Themes & Symbols that adorn a Madhubani Painting
- Lord Rama hunting the Golden Deer
- Worship of Lord Shiva
- Goddess Kali
- Goddess Saraswati
- Goddess Durga
- Fish, Snakes, Peacocks
- Events in a life cycle, etc.
Availability of Madhubani Art
art occupies a very important place in the world of Indian
Regional Crafts. Madhubani paintings are available throughout
the world in various forms.
The most popular
include wall hangings, greeting cards, t-shirts, saris
(sarees) and bed spreads, etc.
Dilli Haat, New Delhi
State Emporium Building Complex,
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi.
recognised Handicraft Stores
your home decor with these awe-inspiring art forms, or gift these
masterpieces to your friends and family.
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