Pattachitra, since the beginning of time, before paper was invented, people used to write and draw on palm leaves with stylus made of twigs sharpened with rocks to give the effect of a fine tip pen. Interestingly, all the Hindu holy books, like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Vedas and the Upanishads, and also other mythology stories were all written on palm leaves.

Historically, Pattachitra came into existence in order to depict Lord Jagannath’s tales. Krishna’s leelas have been an important motif for the paintings as well. Thus, the main themes of Pattachitra revolve around religious narratives, mythological stories and folktales.

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Pattachitra envelope for gift, can be used as wall decorative as well, Pattachitra on palm leaf.

This Pattachitra Printed envelopes are handmade by the artisans of Odisha has a beautiful, colourful and intricately detailed pictures of different tales of Lord Jagannatha, Maa Lakshmi, Shri Krishna, Shri Rama, Shiva and all Hindu gods and goddesses. The Prints are done using screen printing on handmade paper envelopes with a border made of cane to give a delicate look. Normally used as a Shagun Envelope/ Lifafa for weddings, birthdays, baby showers and many other occasions. These envelopes are also used as wall décor as well.

Pattachitra Handmade Envelope
Pattachitra Printed Envelopes Are The New Money Gifting Cards - an Amazing Old Art for a 21st Century Use 9

Tala Pattachitra or ‘palm leaf etching’ is rooted in the Indian state of Odisha, reflecting its rich culture. This art thrives amongst the artisans of Raghurajpur art and crafts cluster near Puri and some other smaller pockets of Bhubaneswar and is one of the most ancient crafts in the world. The art originated when written communication began. The unripe leaves of the palm tree are semi-dried and then stitched together. The etching is then done using an iron pen. Then a paste made of bean leaves, charcoal made of burnt coconut shells, til oil, and turmeric is rubbed on the etching.

These etchings mostly deal with Hindu Dharma. Normally the Tala Pattachitra are painted using rich colours made from vegetable, earth, and natural sources – yellow from haritala stone, black is made out of lampblack and red from shingle stone. White is prepared from powdered, boiled, and filtered conch shells. The themes of the Pattachitras includes the tales of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Krishna Leela and Lord Jagannath are the main motifs painted. These stunning pieces created through this craft will surely adorn your spaces with the rich Indian culture.