This PattachitraÂ - Orissa folk art painting on Tussar Silk cloth depicting tigers in different postures and in different moods. Tigers occupy an important place in the Indian culture. Since ages, it has been a symbol of magnificence, power, beauty and fierceness and has been associated with bravery and valor. The tiger also has a significant place in Hindu mythology as the vehicle of Goddess Durga. In olden times, hunting of tigers was considered to be one of the highest acts of bravery by kings and noblemen.Â Tiger Pataachitra painting is not only aesthetic but also a strong mssage to the humankind about the need of protecting the tigers.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.
Tussar Silk cloth is used as a base for the painting.Â 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 a white colored handmade paper border. Â
The painting is done by Praksash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.