The name pichhvai being a Hindi term meaning ‘at the back’ (picch—back/vai—at). These are large cloth paintings, often several metres in height and length, made in the traditional technique of Indian miniature painting. For the pichhvai artist, they are visual expressions of devotion, placed behind the Hindu deity during the daily worship of Shri Nathji, an aspect of Krishna. They act as both ‘stage set’ and ‘yantra’, aiding the devotee towards a deeper sense of unity when viewed during daily prayers—darshana.

‘Having trained as a Picchvai and miniature painter, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, my work is rooted in and inspired by, traditional language along with its methods,
materials and symbolism. I continue to employ traditional techniques in a craftsman like manner through the stringent preparation of all my materials: cloth, paper, brushes and pigment colours. These materials are an integral part of the process of painting however by the changing the imagery ‘context and meaning’ inevitably shift.


Pichhvais

Caption : The Maharasa Lila Pichhvais
Dimensions 243 cm * 243 cm
Pigment paint of cotton cloth

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