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Pichwai

Mysticism in the form of intricately hand painted artwork - TheHouseOfThings presents a collection of beautiful pichvais by the local artists of Nathdwara, Udaipur. A tradition dating back to the16th century, pichvais or textile hangings were founded by Sri Vallabhacharya of the Pushti Marg sect, as part of elaborate rituals of temple decoration. Pictorial illustrations on fine silk and cotton, these paintings depict scenes, seasons, and events from Lord Krishna’s life, sometimes portrayed as His manifestation, Shrinathji.
 
Pichvais are full of intricacies that are even more delightful on closer examination. Amid focus on detail and miniature work in the delicately rendered figures, the translucent dupattas of the women, the surreal colours of nature, and the beautifully depicted serene expressions, or ‘bhav , this painting shows women holding religious offerings under a mango tree.
 

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