Cheriyal: The Heritage Craft from the state of Telangana
Cheriyal painting is a nakashi art from the state of Telangana. It was originated around 5th century and many people still practice this art for their livelihood. Paintings characters are based on the mythological characters from Mahabharata, Ramayana, Garuda puranas, Markandeya and many others mythological scripts. These Cheriyal painting was the way of storytelling. They are made on long vertical cloths. The narrator would use these paintings as a visual presentation during storytelling. Earlier it was a way to educate moral values to the children by the storytelling from the treasure of our mythological scripts.
How they are made?
- First the mixture is prepared from boiled rich starch, white clay, gum, boiled tamarinds speed paste and then this mixture is coated over the khadi cloth. This takes couple of days.
- After done with the cloth figure is drawn on the cloth. Sharp outlines are done with help of brush.
- Lastly artist fills the colors in the paintings. In paintings red color background is used to highlight the figures.
- Leaves, flowers, and trees are made on border to finalize the painting.
But we can interpret and support this art by presenting these paintings as visual stories on the wall of our homes and offices. Here at the shopchaupal we are trying to revive our traditional art and craft. You can explore our cheiyal collection and be a part of reviving the Indian art & Craft culture