About the Craft: This traditional hereditary craft of Gujarat has been practiced by the ‘Vaghri’ community for the last four centuries. These paintings of the Mother Goddess are primarily used for worship traditionally. First, a very fine outline in black is drawn on a piece of cloth with a ‘kalam’ made from a bamboo stick. Colours are then filled in using vegetable colours with a brush made from the date palm tree. The colours are all natural dyes made from neel (indigo), loha (iron), tamarind seeds (imli), and haldi (turmeric). The Matanipachhedi has a central figure of the female deity with other elements arranged around her stylistically.
About the Artist: Shri Vasantbhai Manubhai Chitara was born in 1976 in a family of traditional kalamkari painters in Ahmedabad. He learnt the craft from his father who is a State Awardee. Vasantbhai himself received the State Award in 1995 and the National Award for excellence in Kalamkari in 2001. Vasant Bhai is often spotted at a Dastkar bazaar, showcasing his work in our exhibition hall. His paintings often receive a special showcase due to the intricacies he applies in his design.