Mithila Painting

Mithila or Madhubani painting is a style of folk art form practiced by millions of women in the Mithila region of Bihar, India since ancient times. On the foot of Himalayas, heritage of Mithila boasts of being the land of Janak, Sita, Budh, Mahavira and strong deep rooted long lineage.

Distinguishable Features

Facial Characteristics are quite Sharp and represented in a 2D way.

Eyes are quite large and Symmetry is important in these paintings.

Tantrik Symbolic Representation is used extensively in the artform.

There is no shading in the application of colors.

A double line is drawn for outlines and the gap is filled with either cross or straight tiny lines.

The linear Mithila paintings do not even require application of colors, only the outlines are drawn.