All About Bhil Tribe Art

by Universaltribes Admin on Mar 31, 2023

Bhil paintings are artistic and imaginative works of the Bhil tribe, which is considered India's oldest tribal art form. The Bhils live primarily an agricultural lifestyle in close proximity to their surroundings. Folklore, rituals, tattoos, and songs are at the heart of their art. Their paintings depict the changing seasons, field landscapes during harvesting, and rituals of gods. The natural environment has a strong influence on Bhil art.

Bhil paintings are traditionally used to decorate their homes. Every year, walls are prepared by applying "mittichitra," or earth plaster. We can find wonderful images from legends and traditions on the walls and ceilings of their homes. Women primarily painted the walls and floors with mythological stories and images from nature.

The Bhil community's traditional art form is to decorate the walls of their homes, shrines, and temples. Natural colours are used to create artistic drawings and paintings on the mud walls. These colours are created using natural materials such as leaves and flowers. Traditional colours are mostly made from rock or clay found in the surrounding area and fields. Frayed neem twigs are used as brushes to fill in the colours. Traditionally, the middle or ring finger of the right hand is used to fill in the colour in some ethnic drawings.

Carbon from used cells is converted into black colour, turmeric is used for yellow, black berry is used to make blue and purple, and lime is used as a white colouring agent. All of these materials come from nature. These raw materials are crushed into powder and mixed with warm water to form a paste. As a paint, rice powder paste mixed with water is commonly used.

Acrylic or synthetic colours are now used by younger generations of the Bhil tribe to prepare traditional and modern paintings. To draw the outline, pencils and scales have recently been introduced.

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