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  • Warli Art - From Caves to Kitchens

Warli Art - From Caves to Kitchens

Monday, December 10, 2018

Warli art is an integral part of Indian culture, and you can now add a touch of that heritage to your kitchen.

Tribal art is one of the oldest art forms in India, and different tribal art forms draw on their own influences. The beauty of Warli tribal art from Maharashtra lies in its inherent simplicity. Although the modern world discovered Warli art in the 1970s, it can be traced back to 3000 BCE. Mainly done by the Warli tribal women residing in the North Sahyadri region, this art form does not depict mythical tales, but the routine, everyday life of tribal people. Few other Indian art forms are as earthy and soothing as Warli art.

Let's understand the origins of Warli and how it can be incorporated in your kitchen.
The evolution of Warli art – from ritual to artistic pursuits

The tribal folk did not use fancy art products or supplies. Their canvas was the inside walls of huts, made of cow dung, branches and earth. This explains the red ochre background of their ritual paintings.


They only used white pigment, a mixture of rice paste, water and gum, which acts as the binding agent. Their brush was a bamboo stick chewed at the end to make it flexible as a paintbrush.

During ritualistic celebrations like harvests or weddings, the tribal women would paint basic images. It was only in the 1970s that notable artist and Padmashri recipient Jivya Soma Mashe and his sons started creating Warli paintings purely for artistic reasons.

Mashe popularised the Warli art form by holding exhibitions from 1975 onward. In 2010, Warli art made its way to popular imagination after being featured in a Diwali ad campaign by Coca-Cola, which included animated motifs of Warli art. Today, Warli art is registered under the Intellectual Property Rights act, and the non-profit Warli Art Foundation established by the tribe continues to propagate this art form. 

Incorporating Warli art in your home is now easy.

Life imitates art, and since its inclusion in pop culture, Warli art has gained much popularity. Today, people incorporate this simplistic art form in their lives in multiple ways – here are a few you can do the same:

·      Wall prints and murals – Made with basic colours like brown and white, Warli wall art compliments almost all wall colours and décor themes.

·      Modular kitchen – A unique way to give your kitchen an Indian twist is with Sleek’s Artize modular kitchen systems, which feature exquisite laser-cut patterns of Indian Warli art.

·      Coasters – You can undertake a fun DIY project and paint blank coasters with simple Warli patterns.

·      Lampshades – Another potential DIY project, all you need is a solid-coloured lampshade, acrylic paints, and a brush to create a unique decorative item for your home.

·      Clothing and bags – Sarees, dress materials, kurtas, tote bags, clutches, etc., depicting Warli prints are the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

·      Rugs – Floor rugs and runners with this iconic print can be the perfect conversation starters.

·      Clocks – Mimicking a painted wall, rectangular or square clocks with Warli design compliment traditional and contemporary home décor.

Add a touch of unmatched artistic sophistication to your home by using the indigenous art form of Warli to beautify it.

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