WEAVER'S WORLD / JAGANNATHPURI / TEXTILES -2
Making of the Patachitra fabric
The area on the woven saree where the painting has to be made, is 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 colors, are done. Lines are drawn direct without any hint of tracing and then colours are filled in. This is then given a lacquer coating to provide the gloss.
Organic colours used in the Patachitra saree are primarily bright and with red, yellow, indigo, black and white given prominence. Application of colour is through the use of animal hairs reared domestically, tied to a bamboo stick and despite the crudity of the tool, the painting is exquisite. Despite the time consumed and the effort being tremendous the devotion and dedication of these ethnic craftsmen remains intact even today. Small wonder then if the exquisite and flawless Patachitra creations enjoy the attention of an appreciable market.