Mercy’s Horse

Horse

I mean no offense to Leonardo’s Horse 😉

Kalamkari Paintings is an ancient craft of painted and printed fabrics. It gets its name from Kalam – Pen and Kari – Work, literally pen work. They are hand painted or block printed using vegetable dyes. This exquisite art form belongs to the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. They have two distinctive styles – Srikalahasti and Masulipatnam. Srikalahasti style flourished under the Kalahastieeshwara temple that depicts Hindu mythological classics. These were taken around villages to King’s courts by Chitrakathis – group of singers, musicians, and painters, to narrate the stories. Masulipatnam style was patronized by Moghul rulers that portray animals and flowers motifs. There is a lesser known style – Thanjavur style that developed under Maratha rulers in Karrupur village – paintings were done delicately in gold brocaded silk to be worn by Chatrapathi Shivaji and the royal clan.

I made it on paper with poster colors. Horse represents virility and power across various cultures. This horse has become an instant favorite with Amma since I started outlining as she linked it to Ayyanar, our home deity 🙂

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