Steeped in tradition, pichvais is a 400 year old art form that originated in the holy town of Nathdwara, near Udaipur. The name ‘Pichvais’ derives from the words, ‘pich’ meaning back and ‘vai’, meaning wall hanging; these are intricately hand painted, embroidered, or woven on textiles. In veneration of Lord Krishna, and as adornment in temples, pichvais weave an untold magic of the Lord’s life with pleasing colours and beautifully depicted serene expressions, or ‘bhav’.
‘Shrinathji’, a child manifestation of Shri Krishna, is a recurring subject in most pichwais. Sombrely playing his flute on the festival of Sharad Purnima, Shrinathji is resplendent in this painting while gopis, or maidens, gaze up at him in deep adoration.