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PURI, ODISHA, INDIA - 2013/03/09: An elderly woman comes out of her painted house in Raghurajpur. Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village, known for its Pattachitra paintings. Pattachitra is a general term for traditional scroll painting. The Sanskrit ‘patta’ means cloth, ‘chitra’ is painting. The pattachitra paintings are made over a piece of cloth or a dried palm leaf, which is painted with a mixture of chalk and gum. Over the prepared surface, colorful and intricate pictures of various gods, goddesses, and mythological scenes with ornamentation of flowers, trees and animals are then painted. This art form dates back to 5 BC. Apart from that the village is also home to crafts like Tussar silk paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cowdung and papier mache toys, and masks. The outer walls of the artists’s houses are embellished with colourful paintings giving the village a unique identity. (Photo by Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Date: 2017-09-14 12:57:48




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