Mata Ni Pachedi from Gujarat

Mata Ni Pachedi is the art form practiced by a nomadic tribe from Gujarat, Western India. The painting itself forms the shrine to the Mother Goddess. Typically, the centre has a commanding figure of the Goddess, either seated on a throne or seated on an animal. The strong lines and bold colours reflect her power and energy.

The cotton fabric is pre-treated by the artist to enable it to absorb the natural pigments; the figures are then outlined using sharpened bamboo sticks, after which the colours are filled in sequentially.