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Pattachitra Painting

Pattachitra art is prominently practiced in Odisha and West Bengal. The paintings are a hundred percent recycled, as the canvas comes from used cotton sarees that are layered and glued using tamarind paste and a coat of clay powder. The colours are obtained by crushing local stone and sea shells, and the black is extracted from lamp soot. The floral border is a significant and compulsory feature of the art form. It is the first step of the painting, which is concluded with details of the eyes. This is because the artists believe that the moment you paint the eyes, the spirit of whatever you're trying to create enters the art form.