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Silk paintings are another form of popular Indian art. Even though it is a traditional form of art, we still see it being practiced in contemporary times.


The fabric of silk is used as the canvas for creating art in Silk Paintings. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD and it gradually gained popularity in the 17th – 19th centuries. Craftsmen and women helped to grasp the paint in vivacious detail on the silk canvas through a special process.


Silk painting can be created on a whole host of silk products or fabrics. Silk painting, is vastly done on scarves, sarongs, bandanas, clothes, etc. Recently, silk painting has gained popularity on portraits, wall hangings, draperies, curtains, sheets and home decor furnishings.


Silk paintings can be performed on a multiplicity of silk fabrics like silk gauze, silk chiffon, silk organza, silk twill, silk velvet, raw silk and many more.

Furthermore, unlike normal painting techniques, silk painting requires special purpose dyes and paints. The major attribute that distinguishes dyes and paints is that, the dyes molecularly link to the fabric and become a vital part of it; whereas paints do not get attached to the cloth.


Artists create a variety of designs on the silk canvas like animals, birds, floral designs, decorative patterns, mythological figures, sceneries and culture paintings. The outcome depends upon the quality of the silk used and the type of painting procedure used in specific paintings. Consequently, they vary from cultural and course to elaborate and polished.


Royal court life and religious themes are often portrayed as a feature of silk paintings. Attractive women are often a part of these works of art along with effervescent gemstone colouring. Another distinctive characteristic of these paintings is the heavy use of gold leaf.


Silk paintings have an eternal appeal and their sophistication, style and magnificence gives them a exalted recognition.

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