The cotton cloth that I use for larger works is weaved for the Nathdwara Havali (temple) in Rajasthan and is the traditional Pichvai painting cloth. It has a close fine weave that can hold the pigment surface even and flat. The aim is to attain a paper like surface – so the cloth is ‘starched’ onto a formica board using arrowroot as a gum. The cloth is immersed in the arrowroot and stretched over the board. When the painting is complete the painting is simply pulled off the board.


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