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Hues of Red and White

Warli Paintings

The Warli tribe is one of the largest tribes in India. They have preserved the centuries-old tradition of living and art with them. The tribal societies provide an ethnography with the protohistoric way of life and the art practiced by our ancestors. Such an ancient art is ‘Warli Painting’ that takes us through the lanes of early art-making. These tribal wall paintings are created on the inside walls of village huts by forming red ochre and white color. The paintings generally depict a set of basic geometric shapes, symbolic of different elements of nature. Also, the paintings showcase festivals and dances. The major themes of warli paintings include ritualistic themes and day-to-day life practices including.

 To ensure the prevention of this tribal art, the Government of India has secured its creation with the GI tag.


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