Painting is an act of worship for Chitara families of the wandering Vaghari community who have evolved a form of art, devoted to the Goddess Mother or Mata.
Mata-ni-Pachedi’ in Gujarati translates to ‘that which enshrines the Goddess Mother’. Prohibited from entering temples, they make temporary outdoor shrines of painted deities on cloth. These are hand-painted in a prescribed format, with a powerful central image.
The artist draws directly on cloth without any premeditated sketching. Traditional madder red and iron black natural dyes are painted on hand spun hand woven khadi cotton, and washed in the waters of the Sabarmati River of Ahmedabad.
This piece depicts (from left to right) Meladi Mata, Bahuchar Mata, and Durga Mata, worshipped as protectors of wellbeing.
Madder red and iron black natural dyes
Ritual hand painted textile
Hand spun handwoven khadi cotton
65in x 31in
Do not display in direct sunlight
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