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Silk Paintings

Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Author:

Silk paintings have been a part of the rich tradition belonging from dynasties and kingly rules. Painting on silk is an exercise and an artist’s gets full fulfillment once the painting is completed.  The feel of silk and the texture makes the painting more interesting and the play of colors in vibrant moods set the painting aside as a premium collection. The traditional ideas for silk paintings are usually concepts of lone woman standing or other motifs showing a dance recital.


The craft is mostly a part or wealth of Rajashtan and interior parts of Punjab. The paintings also come as a part of wall decoration or for a classy experience one can frame the same in an ornate wooden case. A silk painting of Krishna has an alluring image where the colors of the peacock feather radiate grace. The origin of silk paintings definitely came from the patronage of rulers.


It is believed that the silk paintings as a Indian concept was years ago in AD and then moved to other parts of the world including Europe. The silk paintings flourished along with Batik prints in India and wax resistance was the main technique used in the silk paintings. The mughals were lovers of art and painting and during their era the silk paintings were very famous. The depictions of raas lila or palanquin images did have the Mughal touch.


Using the ethnic priming method, the gutta is a medium that holds the color to the fabric. The silk is washed well, dried and then one a stretcher the fabric is placed. The tension is adjusted and the removable gutta allows the color to stay on. Later the gutta is removed and the painting is ready. The painting brush has to be perfect and the freestyle painting is certainly the work of an expert and experienced artist.


Certain artists prefer to work directly and here the color often gives away. Starch and dye color methods are the common prints in abstract mostly used for dresses and attire and has a good demand all over India. The richness of the painting is felt as the cloth absorbs the color well and hence the resister has to be of perfect quality. Storing the silk paintings is another art. Ideally it has to be stored in parchment paper or brown treated paper that will not allow the fibers to go disarray. Encasing them is also the job of an expert.

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