Glimpses of tribal art
The exhibition at Gurjari is a window to the fine craftsmanship of the Rathwa Adivasis of Gujarat.
THE MINI tribal mela of the Rathwa Adivasis of Gujarat brings colour and craft creativity to the Gurjari showroom at 12 Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai. Under a bright coloured shamiana, outside the showroom, the famous Pithora tribal artists execute their compelling vignettes of tribal god Pithora Baba and his Rani, of men and women dancing, farming and feasting. Blue, orange and red horses move in stylised fashion in the ritual paintings, which were originally done in vegetable and mineral dyes on the walls of tribal huts.
The tribal mela has for exhibition and sale many examples of Pithora paintings done on paper by tribal artists Paddu bhai and Hari bhai . The black and white ones, reminiscent of Warli art, are particularly pleasing.
Attractive tribal terracotta pottery is also on display. Earthy chapatti tawas and vessels with attractive shapes, their insides embellished with lac from "kussum'' flowers are available at throwaway prices. The very inexpensive and attractive baked clay vessels could make perfect serving dishes for an informal lunch. Also, pretty bead work and embroidered torans, kalash and necklaces catch your attention.
Gurjari also offers huge discounts on all its stock of table and bed and made-ups, embroidered wall hangings, office organisers and notepads, white metal sheet furniture, puppets, stuffed toys, brass figurines and lacquerwork Sankheda furniture.
The Adivasi mela ends on March 3.
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