Hand-painted Pattachitra Silk Long Stole/ Indian Dupatta/ Indian art Scarf
Flaunting the age-old art form of “Pattachitra”, this shawl/dupatta is the epitome of Indian culture. Pattachitra’s style of painting is one of the oldest (almost 1000 years) and most popular art forms of West Bengal and Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words ‘patta’, meaning canvas, and ‘chitra’, meaning picture.
This shawl/dupatta has been created by Soumya, an independent artist from Pingla, a small village in the Eastern Indian state of West Bengal. His entire village is dedicated to conserving and keeping this art form alive, which has been facing stiff competition from mass-produced products. The recent COVID-19 pandemic also has severely impacted the livelihood of this village.
The base material of the shawl is very good quality silk. The artisans have used fabric paint to make motifs and figurines, unique to this art form. Users may sometimes notice variation or inconsistency in weaving, design, or color combination. These are due to the handcrafted nature of the garment and are not defects, but features, which make each piece unique.
The first wash should be at the laundry. This will keep the clothes from shrinking and hold the colors. Post that was it with delicates.
Please iron on the backside of the shawl. Running a heated iron on the paints will damage the paintings.
Aarmevi was a dream for me for many years. My parent’s handed their love for Indian arts to me in my early years and somewhere within I knew this was my calling. Aarmevi was born after I quit my decade long job as a financial analyst.