The vibrant Pichwai paintings of Rajasthan are renowned all over the country. They have characteristic features of large eyes, a broad nose and a heavy body, similar to the features on the idol of Shrinathji, a form of Lord Krishna. These paintings generally depict the life of Lord Krishna and can showcase various legends surrounding the god. The intricate paintings take anywhere between two weeks and a few months, depending on the size of the canvas and detailing of the work.

The process involves first sketching the intended design on handspun, starched cloth, after which the painstaking work of adding colours begins. Pichwai artists generally use red or yellow as base, with bright greens, blues and oranges woven in. The borders of the paintings usually feature gota patti or mirror work, thus lending a distinctively Rajasthani look and feel to them.

These paintings are thematic and hold religious importance as they are made for different occasions or festivals. They can be used as wall hangings and tapestries, adding a splash of colour to contemporary, subtle tones.

Pichwai paintings originated more than 400 years ago, and were traditionally made using natural colours, with brushes made of horse, goat or squirrel hair. These paintings belong to the Nathdwara School of Painting and can be found adorning the walls of most of the temples in the Nathdwara area.

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