Pichwai is a style of painting that originated over 400 years ago, in the town of Nathdwara near Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.
Intricate and visually stunning, pichwai paintings are made on cloth. As their name suggests, pichwai paintings depict tales from Lord Krishna’s life. Pichwai paintings are made by artists of the Pushti Marg sect.
These paintings depict sacred stories from Lord Krishna’s life, and were originally used to decorate temples with stories of different seasons and festivals.
The word Pichwai comes from ‘pichh’ meaning back and ‘wai’, meaning textile hanging.
Each color, each pen stroke and every detail is symbolic in meaning. These works are painted on cotton cloth in a style called Pichwai (pichvai), an old Rajasthani folk art that originated over 400 years ago near Udaipur in Rajasthan.
Traditionally they are used to decorate temples of Shrinathji in Nathdwara which is dedicated to this form of Vishnu as a young boy who loves his earthly parents as much as God Himself.