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One of the most ancient crafts of the world, etching and paintings on the palm leaf (Tala-patrachitras or Pothi-chitra) still thrives in the state of Odisha in India. Called are one of the most respected art and treasured decorations. The art originated when written communication began. Messages and manuscripts were written on the palm leaf to be disseminated. Gradually the trend to decorate the text with images began and it became an art in itself. Etching is done on processed palm leaves using an iron pen on leaf strips. A paste made of bean leaves, charcoal made of burnt coconut shells, til oil and turmeric is rubbed on the etching that highlights the figures. Vegetable and mineral colors are used for painting. The artists of palm leaf etchings capture the themes of mythological incidents, Gods and Goddesses figures complete with details of hair style and dress, animals, flowers and trees etc.
Our team of award winning of artists creates very intricate designs and can also custom orders.