Patta Chitra

Patta Chitra Art Handicrafts orissa

Patta Chitra

Patta Chitra is a religious paintings its come from a small village Raghurajpur near Puri, in Orissa. ‘Patta’ in Sanskrit means ‘Vastra’ or ‘clothings’ chitra means painting.   These paintings are also done on palm-leaf manuscripts. It is a traditional drawing style from Orissa. Images are etched or engraved in dried palm leaves in this art style. Patachitra paintings were traditionally drawn by the maharanas, the original artiste caste in Orissa. These paintings became an important art form with the ornamentation of Lord Jagannath in the innermost sanctum. The themes were tribal and portray. The traditional colors used in the patachitra art are red, ochre, indigo, green, black and white all obtained from the natural sources like Hingula, Ramaraja, Haritala, lamp black, and shells. The brushes are crude made of the hair of domestic animals. For tourists visiting Orissa, Patachitras form an important souvenir item. For them, special souvenir mementos representing the utsava image and the central sanctuary of the Puri temple is painted on the patachitras.

 

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