Phad from Rajasthan

This style of painting is from Rajasthan, Western India. The paintings narrate complex folk tales to create a visual back-drop for street theatre. The main subject is the life and accomplishments of ‘Pabuji”, a medieval Rajput prince worshipped as a deity by local tribes.

The paintings are made on cloth panels, which are starched and further treated before the artist paints on it. The artists use a limited palette of vibrant natural pigments made from local plants and minerals.