Pichwai paintings are traditional paintings that emerged in Rajasthan. ‘Pichwai’ literally refers to ‘at the back’. These are lyrical artworks done on clothes which hang at the back of the idol of Srinathji, primarily in the sanctum sanctorum at Nathdwara. It is also found in other Krishna temples. These paintings are characterized by refined and detailed structures. The origin of Pichwai paintings dates back to the time when the sect Vallabhaichari created 24 iconographic for the backdrop of Lord Krishna’s image at Nathdwara. Each image of the painting had associations with a specific festival or celebration. The cloth of Pichwai paintings was initially dipped in colours made of vegetables and minerals. Different colours used initially in these paintings are lapis, cochineal, orpiment and indigo.

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