Warli Paintings

The Warlis or Varlis are tribes or Adivasis, living in mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas. They have their own animistic beliefs, life, customs and traditions. They have adopted many Hindu beliefs. The Warlis speak an unwritten Varli language which belongs to the southern zone of the Indo-Aryan languages.

Warli paintings are drawn on walls textured with cow dung. The traditional warli involves use of geru. On geru coated wall, the warli themes are projected with the help of twigs. The walls are painted using a paste made of rice.

The paintings are based on the simple life style of warli community. The commonly seen subjects are agriculture, worship scene and tarpa dance. Simple use of lines, circle and triangles make the figures attractive.

Warli murals on canvas are developed using textures and acrylic colours .Murals give 3d effect to the paintings. These are created with the help of cone work and white colour. Backround colouring plays an important role which is done using textures with different colours.

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