26 November, 2018

Pichwai painted saree worn for Pune saree meet

On my trip to Pune, we had a saree meet. All the saree connoisseurs got together. We did not know each other but saree connected us with its warps and wefts. We met over sumptuous lunch and lots of pictures and laughter. Here are few glimpses of the same. I wore my Pichwai painted saree that I have already worn here and herePichwai painting is an art form that has its roots in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. It is used as a decorative curtain or backdrop in Shrinathji temples and is considered very sacred. Devotees offer these hangings in temples and take them back home as a souvenir as well. This art on sarees with a storytelling form is making a thrilling addition to the handloom, hand-woven sareesPichwai paintings from Nathdwara are a story cum art galore that depicts important scenes from the tales of Lord Krishna. This style of painting uses the childhood incarnation of Krishna, i.e. Lord Shrinathji as its central subject, shown here in a scene from his own life. The saree I am wearing is an art collection, blend of tradition, contemporary fashion by a designer and textile revivalist. Pichwai Art is a form of painting from the holy town of Nathdwara, Rajasthan that portrays Lord Krishna with peacocks, lotuses, and cows on cloth. The purpose of Pichhwais, other than its artistic appeal, is to narrate tales of Krishna to the illiterate. 

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