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Warli art revival

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Does this artwork look familiar?  No-this isn’t just a hip T-shirt print you may have come across.  This Warli art form has its origins in the Warli tribe from western India and is said to go back to 2500 or 3000 BC! The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their original white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding.

By Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

The Warli used circles based on their observation of the sun and moon, triangles from mountains and trees and squares to denote an enclosure of land.

Humans are represented by two triangles joined at the tip:

Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

Today, this tribal art form has found new life through the efforts of artists like Jivya Soma Mashe and is exhibited in galleries around the world.  And yes -it has also found its way to inspire hip T-shirts and other modern Indian accessories 🙂

Warli painting kits are available at


Written by Redpatang

April 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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