Thursday, May 07th, 2009 | Author:

warliTribal art is a way of life. If anyone wants to know about a certain tribe and its culture then look at the art works produced by them. These art works offer best chance of looking into the philosophy of a tribe. Often depicted through colorful images, tribal art is nothing if not enchanting. Tribal art can also be described as traditional art of indigenous people. Numerous fascinating examples of tribal art can be found in regions such as India, America, Indonesia, Africa and Polynesia. These tribal arts have continued to flourish since centuries. It is a wonderful medium of expression for the tribes who have generally remained cut-off from the mainstream nation. For tribes, it is a form of recreation as well as celebration.



Warli paintings of India are the foremost tribal art in the Indian Territory. These paintings capture the life of the tribes and offer a valuable insight into the lifestyle of the tribes. Located in Maharashtra, warli tribe mostly resides in thatched mud-huts. The origin of this tribe goes back to Neolithic period between 2500 BC and 3000 BC. Whenever a wedding or birth ceremony takes place in the tribe, they celebrate it by adorning their houses with fascinating designs. Even during the harvesting season, paintings and designs on the walls are the most common method of celebration.


Warli Paintings have its own class, best represented in minimalistic style. The preferred color is white and background is almost always earthen. Philosophical and enlightening thoughts are manifested through these paintings. Design wise, simple lines and dots are mostly used in geometric fashion. Warli paintings are far away from any sort of pretentions and convey the message in the best possible way using minimum colors. Warli paintings have continued to exist in the modern era and as their popularity increases we are sure to witness many more of such profound paintings.


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