mandana
ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

“MANDANA”- A DYING INDIAN ART

Mandana art is one of the oldest surviving tribal art of India. Mandana is a name given to the paintings done on wall and floor by the women of Meenas community of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Mandana are drawn to draw health and to protect the house and family from evil and welcoming gods into the house. The art is auspicious and treated as a mark of celebrations on festive occasions. Mandana is derived from the word "Mandan", meaning decoration and beautification. Historically, they have been practiced as a way of decorating ones home at the time of festivals, religious ceremonies, marriage functions and other auspicious ceremonies. The simplicity of a Mandana lies in its two colors – often red and white. The use of natural and eco-friendly materials in the art speaks about the harmonious balance between our traditions and mother nature.