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ECO-DESIGNS, FOLK HERITAGE

PATUA PAINTINGS FROM WEST BENGAL

The "Patua" is a beautiful folk painting style developed within the artistic community of patuas of West Bengal. It is a scroll painting originates around 1000-year ago as a unique story-telling idea with the aid of pictures. The Patua is a special community composed of Hindus as well as Muslims both coming together as- "Chitrakaars", that means painters. They often perform patua in local fairs, weddings, festive gatherings so as to engage more people and increase their audience base. Paintings encourage the use of natural colors and eco-friendly materials. Read all about Patua paintings here-

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FOLK HERITAGE

KARAWARI CAVE FIGURES FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The vast stretches of Karawari region is surrounded by dense tropical lowland rainforest are home to the traditional Arafundi semi-nomadic settlements. Karawari serves a series of caves and rock shelters inspired by the traditional beliefs of Arafundi people. They are kind of cave-people who have been using caves as their shelters, ceremonial grounds, spirit houses, as burial ground, hiding grounds and much more. Anthropologists believes the caves of the Karawari and Upper Arafundi could constitute “the greatest example of rock art in the whole of Melanesia”.