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Article: Check out this Exquisite Hand Painted Dupattas which only True Art Lovers will adore!!

Check out this Exquisite Hand Painted Dupattas which only True Art Lovers will adore!!

Check out this Exquisite Hand Painted Dupattas which only True Art Lovers will adore!!


Change is always welcome to an expectant market that eagerly awaits a new range of fabrics that relieve the dull monotony of an existing line overstaying its welcome. No wonder the world of textiles and fashion is always agog with curiosity and wonder when something pops out of the blue without notice.

A recently introduced line of Tussar Silk Hand painted Stoles with artistic hand painted Patachitra and Warli painted figurines are a gorgeous offering from Unnati Silks.

What’s a stole one may ask?

stole is a woman's shawl normally made of expensive fabric,  that is used around the shoulders over a party dress or ball gown. Narrower than a typical shawl, and of simpler construction than a cape; it is a length of a quality material, wrapped and carried about the shoulders or arms. The term stole today is usually used to describe a formal wrap, basically a shawl made of an elegant fabric, often not as wide as a shawl, but long enough to drape around the body.

In contrast, a shawl refers to a larger item, usually rectangular, but sometimes triangular or square in shape that can be wrapped around the body. Shawls are worn by men and women. They add a lovely finishing touch to an outfit and can be worn for warmth or can be purely decorative or both. Shawls are used to accent an outfit, to keep the chill out, for prayer and to cover bare shoulders in formal attire; in short, a highly versatile addition to anyone's wardrobe.

The modern term “wrap” is nowadays used for both shawls and stoles.

The special line of stoles from Unnati Silks

Unnati Silks very recently introduced a fine line of Tussar silk hand painted stoles of average size 2m x 50 cm, that has the wonderful Patachitra hand painted Odisha tribal art and the Warli painting figurine magic, on a smooth textured and soft, pure handloom silk plain surface. The main attraction arises out of the contrast of the silky cream base to the variety of colors in the hand-painted image that creates the allure of a wonderful fashion statement.

What is special about the hand painted art you ask?

Let us take Patachitra art first.

Patachitra or Pattachitra has its origin in Odisha, India. ‘Pata’ is cloth and ‘chitra’ means picture or painting in Sanskrit. Hence Pattachitra would come to mean painting on a cloth or canvas. An old art form, it displays epics and religious themes in detailed narration on any broad canvas. The Indian saree with its ample spread has already created waves in the fashion world with the Patachitra decorating the ‘Pallu’ or end-piece of the saree.

Pattachitra is painting done on canvas, manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction. The tradition of pattachitra paintings is more than thousand years old, an art dating from historical to ancient times. This Odisha craft of painting on any form of canvas has themes from Hindu mythology inspired especially by the Jagannatha and Vaishnava cult. Here too, on the cream stoles you have the beautiful imagery of Krishna-Radha, at one side.

Patachitra involves rich vibrant colors, with extraordinary designs and motifs. It basically involves the narration of mythological stories in a simple and lucid manner. Murals of religious venues centred around Puri Konark and Bhubaneshwar, Lord Jagannath, Radha-Krishna, Balabhadra, the ten incarnations of Vishnu based on the Gita Govinda of Jayadev, Kama Kujara Navagunjara, Ramayana, Mahabharata are all popular themes for the Patachitra art on canvas. All colours used in the paintings are natural and are made fully the traditional way.

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The Patachitra process

Seemingly simple yet quite elaborate, the process begins with the area for the painting to be prepared by coating a mixture of chalk and a special kind of gum. This gives a leathery finish to the surface on which the painting with vegetable and earth colours is done. Lines drawn are direct, without any tracing and then colours are filled in. This is then given some form of coating to provide the gloss.

Till some time back only organic colours were used in the Patachitra saree that are primarily bright, with red, yellow, indigo, black and white given prominence. Application of colour is through the use of hairs of domestically reared animals, bunched together and tied to a small stick. It is a marvel that despite the crudity of the tool, the outcome is so sharp and detailed.

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Despite the time consumed, the effort being tremendous, it is the devotion and dedication of these ethnic craftsmen that preserves a heritage art to remain intact to this day.

Warli Painting

The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, who make use of the basic shapes; the circle, triangle and square. Rudimentary wall paintings made with these as a graphic vocabulary have added a new dimension to fashion fabrics.

The paintings are monosyllabic. The circle and the triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. The themes are generally of spirits in human shape. The central motif of the ritual paintings are surrounded by scenes portraying hunting, fishing, farming, festivals, dances, trees, flora and fauna – activities, events, objects related to their daily life.

They used to paint the brown walls of their huts. Then handmade paper was used. Today the large canvas in the form of the Indian saree is a wonderful way to express their innate expressions in themes that make use of figurines to form the basic shapes.

The outcomes of their expressions have now become a rage in the fashion world. The essence or highlighting feature in the Warli Painting sarees is the miniature detailing where the details are so sharp it is next to impossible to know that it is tribal art made with the crudest of tools. They are indeed professional masterpieces.

Tips for the stoles

The Cream stoles being worn in the top portion, a slightly dark but vibrant coloured blue, magenta or brown top would be nice. The bottom could again be light colored to contrast the top but match the stole like white, off white, cream etc.

Low heels, pumps could be a good combination, especially if the bottom were to end just above where the foot starts.

The stoles themselves could be worn in different ways. Like on strappers or sleeveless tops around the neck, draping round the shoulders and securing with a brooch at the centre, simply wearing around the neck for warmth, letting it hang from both shoulders etc.

If one could be creative, then be it wrapped around or let hang loose or partially wrapped, the image should be positioned to grab the attention of the onlookers while providing the womanly allure too.

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