This is what Warli folk paintings look like
Warli Art was first discovered in the early seventies. While there are no records of the exact origins of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to embellish the walls of village houses. These usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting….It is believed that these paintings invoke powers of the Gods.
What I found intriguing about them was that they are painted using a mud base and using one color – white, with perhaps dots of red and yellow. And even this white colour is of natural origin, made from ground rice. Traditionally, these paintings do not use straight lines and instead the lines are made by using dots and dashes. At one time this was a woman’s activity, now these paintings are also done by men and are sold commercially. The modern version of these paintings are done on paper. Murals of these paintings on walls look stunning and Warli painters readily come to your home to decorate your house for a fee.
Here are some pictures of the paintings we have in our home.
This first one is of the Tarpa dance:
This one is of the social life in the village:
If you notice these paintings use a circle, a triangle and a square. The circle represents the sun and the moon, the triangle mountains and trees. The square seems to represent a “sacred enclosure” or a piece of land. Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip – the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium “symbolizes the balance of the universe, and of the couple.”
Various items like trays, pen stands and coasters decorated with this style of painting are available:
Simple Art but unique.
(All these photographs have watermarks on them. You will find photos without watermarks on this post: Warli Paintings Photographs. The photos there are not only without watermarks but also high resolution pictures. They are available for free download, as long as you follow the requirements for Attribution .
Related post: Tarpa Dance of the Warli Tribes