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Phad Paintings…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 | Author:

Phad paintings are stunning examples of the Indian cloth paintings that have been originated in the noble state of Rajasthan. The portrayal of the Phad paintings in its totality and the colour format thereof preserves an unusual appearance of the painting gratifying to eyes. This is further augmented and enhanced by artist’s style united with the graceful beauty and elegance of its movement, tempo and power.


In the earlier times, the Phad paintings illustrated the life incidents of the Rajasthani heroes like Prithviraj Chauhan, Tejaji, Goga Chauhan, Amar Singh Rathod and various gods and goddesses like Pabuji, Dev Narayan, Rama and Krishna.


Phad paintings are known for their lively and charming colours and features. This form of art makes use of natural earthen colours and specifically of vegetable colours mixed with gum, water and indigo. These paintings are splendid and remarkable. Colours in these paintings are very specific – orange for limbs and torso, yellow for jewellery, attire and designs, gray for structure, blue for water and curtains, green for trees and plant life and red significantly for the dress. The outlines of the paintings are first drawn in block and later filled with colors and thick black strokes.


Phad painting is a kind of scroll painting. Before the painting is initiated, offerings are made to Goddess Saraswati. A rough sketch is then drafted out on a khadi material and the portraits are perfected. The empty spaces are filled in with flowers and plants. In the “kachcha” base, all the portraits are painted in the colour yellow. The ritual of the youngest girl making the first stroke is followed. The ceremony is ended by celebrations.


The distinctive magnificence and themes of Phad paintings have made them the most wanted and appreciated paintings in the world of art and culture.