You will be mesmerized by the extricate creativity of this Kalamkari art form; the use of traditional red and white color combination with the black lines defining its features enhances the ethnicity and beauty of this painting. Kalamkari art is a hand block style painted on cotton textile by a tamarind pen using natural dyes. This painting shown here is depicted with an ancient styled floral border portraying a beautiful picture of Shiva’s family mounted on their respective vahanas.
Shiva and Parvati reside in dignity on Shiva’s mount, Nandi, ornamented with astounding jewels all over the body. As you move towards the right, you can’t stop applauding the creation of the ever youthful, war god Karthikeya with six heads reflecting his ability to gain knowledge from all possible directions and thus removing the six imperfections, which are, Karma (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (attachment), Ahankar (ego) & Matsarya (jealousy); he sits with his weapon on a strikingly painted peacock in varying designs and patches. Towards the left sits Lord Ganesha (Shiva’s younger son) with his iconic weapons on a mouse, jewelled enormously and saddled attractively.
Not just the vahanas, even the deities are painted with awe-struck embellishments and appealing attires. The one standing at the bottom is one of the Shivaganas dressed in amazing garbs. This painting aptly fulfils the Kalamkari characteristics of being loaded with alluring flower motifs of varied sizes and the depiction of divine characters.