Thursday, October 11, 2012

Arts and Crafts of India-Madhubani

So much has been heard and told about Madhubani,that it doesn't need an introduction

Madhubani or Mithila painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns. There are paintings for each occasion and festival. 

Madhubani painting has been done traditionally by the women of villages around the present town of Madhubani (the literal meaning of which is forests of honey) and other areas of Mithila. The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on cloth, handmade paper and canvas. Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice.  and the colors used are derived from plants. Ochre and lampblack are also used for reddish brown and black respectively. and the colors used are derived from plants. Ochre and lampblack are also used for reddish brown and black respectively.(Read more here..)

Last Surajkund mela,I found some craft persons from Bihar with some simple and basic and rustic drawings on some piece of cushion cover sized cloths.The sheer simplicity of the people and the designs just captured me and i thought one or two would make a big difference to these craft persons and also to my living room..Look into it here below..

oranges paired beautifully

on the palette,the living room...

The traditional designs of Madhubani has been given a new life by the Color Caravan founded by Swati Seth.The traditional designs have been modified keeping in mind the modern spaces and today's lifestyle.These designs easily blend into the modern and traditional homes. Their beautiful  Madhubani Kettles and their mind blowing colours are a rage these days.Color caravan turning two today ..I wish them many more happy days to come..Support the crafts,buy their products and love them and make their life better.

a gorgeous Madhubani painted kettle in Anuradha Varma's Dream home..check her here,from Color Caravan

image copyright to Color Caravan

image copyright to Color Caravan

Images exclusively copyrighted to Color Caravan,Anuradha Varma and Lakshmi Arvind


  1. love it fabulous post. Whare are the cushions from ? They are gorgeous!!

  2. wow..this is a feast to the eye. absolutely in love with everything you presented here..specially the kettle :)
    I had mostly seen paintings/wall hangings. Didnt know there is so much more variety to this beautiful art form.
    Thanks for Sharing lakshmi. Your collection is lovely !

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  4. Hi Lakshmi,
    Love those coasters. Where can we buy them from?

  5. Beautiful!! Love the dancing girls.We love Madhubani art. My daughter (art fanatic) learnt Madhubani in MN from a Madhubani Artist from India. Just a wonderful experience!

  6. Thanks for all your can buy the coasters from color caravan

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  9. Love the Lakshmi touch in all the photos.

    btw, one of the photos is overlapping and blocking another.


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