Folk art can be an eye-opening experience! do you want to know why?

Folk art is the expression of those who are unaffected by the pretentious display, who managed to stay close to nature and express the things they had within and around. India today has a culture and widespread art that is ten-twelve thousand years old. The folk art put together is an expression of the varied ethnic groups with their own tastes, aspirations, joys, sorrows, struggles, and talents. That India didn’t resort to education or training as their tool. Instead, they have immersive imagination, undefeatable zeal, and inborn talent to transform things around them into art imageries. These just didn’t just make artists then but gave birth to communities that transcended generation after generation. 

Folk art stands for the visual representation of the ethnicity and tradition of the natives. They demonstrate the cultural life of a tribe or community. Folk art includes music, dance, paints, and even artifacts. India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions. Each area and community have its distinct art prevalent, known as its own art. Today, that is promoted as their heritage.

In this blog, we’re going to talk specifically about folk art in the form of paintings. The list of this form of folk art can go on and on. It ranges from the Madhubani painting of Bihar, Pattachitra of Odisha, Pithora painting of the Gujarat tribes, Kalamkari painting of Andhra Pradesh to Warli art of Maharashtra. Each of these forms is acclaimed worldwide for its aesthetic sense and unparallel features. We have featured a variety of these folk-art forms in our Digital Art Gallery at Artright. 

Below are the most recognized folk-art paintings: 

  1. Kalamakari Painting: The word Kalamkari comes from ‘Kalam’ meaning pen and ‘Kari’ meaning craftsmanship. Kalamkari refers to paintings made using a pen. It is usually done on cotton or silk fabrics with the help of tamarind pens and natural dyes. This was commonly practiced in parts of Andhra Pradesh and involves a sequential process of 23 steps of dyeing, bleaching, hand painting, block-printing, starching, cleaning, and more. This art took birth owing to the art of story-telling, where people who traveled from one place to another, narrated their stories which were ultimately recreated on the canvas. You can buy these wall paintings online at Artright. 
  2. Madhubani Painting: This is also popular as ‘Mithila art’ since it was practiced by people in the Mithila region of Bihar. The women of Bihar draw images of celebrations or festivals on the mud walls of their hutments using only natural colors that have been obtained from turmeric, pollen, indigo, sandalwood, flowers, and leaves from various plants and trees. This form of painting generally includes complex geometrical patterns signifying religious festivals or other events. 
  3. Gond art: The largest tribe in India which is the ‘Gond’ tribe practices this form of art. They are situated in Madhya Pradesh. It can also be found in different parts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. Their work includes the stories and fables of the Gond people, thereby highlighting the story-telling tradition which is the unique feature of this art. 
Now that we’ve taken you back to folk art, we’re sure you’re wondering where to pick the right piece. Selling art online has never been easier. People are moving on from the traditional art gallery to a digital portal where art connoisseurs can purchase art for sale online. However, a major constraint that lies in an online painting shop is the 'Touch and Feel' Effect. At ArtRight we have solved this issue for all those who are into fine art. All our images of the paintings are taken professionally and are uploaded in a way where the buyer is able to understand how the artwork would look whilst being displayed. You can also sell artwork online with Artright.

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