May 27, 2004

Janakpur Women's Development Centre. 'The paintings are rooted in traditions which Maithil women have passed down through generations. On the occasion of marriage or for festivals such as Deepawali, Maithil women paint lively designs on the mud walls of their houses. During Deepawali, in order to attract Laxmi the goddess of wealth, they paint designs of elephants and peacocks which symbolize prosperity, as well as images of tigers, birds, and other animals. In monsoon season the paintings fade or wash away.' Gallery here.
  • Great link. Some of those paintings are gorgeous.
  • beautiful. it wouldn't be the same of course, but i wish i could order prints.
  • Some unexpected and delightful pieces -- think I've seen some of their art on exhibit a year or two back. Thanks, plep.