This PattachitraÂ - Orissa folk art painting on Tussar Silk cloth depicting playful Grey Langurs in different postures and in different moods. Grey langurs, also known as Hanuman langurs after the monkey-god,Â so are considered sacred in the Hindu religion. According to Ramayana-Â a SanskritÂ epic poem Â HanumanÂ simian army helped rescue Sita, the god Rama's wife, from a demon king. Langurs' black faces and extremities call to mind the burns that Hanuman suffered in the course of his heroism.The lifestyle of the monkeys reflects this state of grace.Â This painting is a visual treat, as itÂ employs natural colors dominantly - white, yellow, mustard, alloy orange, light yellow (border and other detailinga are done with black) and silk canvas to paint on.The detailed work done in the painting and the vegetable colours applied to this painting, provides an elegance to any wall.
Silk painting is almost the opposite of other types of painting. Generally, the artist paints by controlling the placement of pigment on a surface, usually through the use of brushes. In silk painting, the painter controls the movement of pigment within boundaries such as a resist on the silk. Brushes become much less important because the dye will move on the silk after it is placed there. Because the dyes flow so freely on silk, the job of the silk painter is to control the movement of the pigment on the silk rather than its placement.Â The final step is giving a protective coating. The cloth is given a lacquer coating to protect from the effects of nature and give a glazed varnished look.
This painting comes with an off white colored handmade paper border. Â
The painting is done by Praksash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.