Warli Painting

Warli paintings are believed to be one of the oldest form of art in history.It is a form of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Range in India. 

Maharashtra is known for its Warli folk paintings. Despite being in such close proximity of the largest metropolis in India, these tribesmen are not influenced by the modern urbanization.

There are no proper records of the exact origins of this art, but its roots are believed to be traced to as early as the 10th century A.D. The warli art is the clear picture and expression of the daily and social events of the warli tribe. 

 These paintings do not depict any mythological characters or images of deities but are made on events of social and cultural importance such as marriage, harvesting session, sowing session, and other social gatherings and also show animals along with daily life in a rhythmic pattern.

 Paintings were done with the help of bamboo sticks used as brush with rice mixed with natural gum as color. First a canvas was prepared by applying a layer of mud or cow dung, once it was dried it was ready to be painted with the bamboo brush.Traditionally only two colors were used in this process, white was made up of rice flour and reddish brown from red soil called Geru. but today, a variety of colou are being used to replicate these artistic motifs on fabrics, home décor or other artistic forms.

It won’t be wrong to say that everyone is fascinated by this art .Its presence can be seen and felt everywhere from tea cups, to coffee mugs clocks and stationary , to beautiful greeting cards to the fashion market from Kurtis to Sarees , warli has taken over the whole market.

The Coco cola diwali 2010 Ad compain come back home also featured worli art.The advertisement was quite popular.

In February 2016, a group of Japanese artists adopted the Ganjad village in Palghar district in an effort to keep the art form alive. This group of social artists from Japan have also been constructing huts from cow dung, mud and bamboo sticks to promote painting on the walls.

8 thoughts on “Warli Painting

  1. DJ@WordsKraft

    This is a beautiful form of painting and what makes it more attractive is the tradition that it comes up from. The entire process from making colours to prepping the canvas sounds quite exciting..I believe the artificial method of replicating the art form isn’t as attractive as the traditional way. No wonder why this wonderful art form has become this famous.


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