Madhubani Arts - Styles and Techniques

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Kachni means lines. In this style of painting only one or two colors are used. Fine pattern is made using hatching and stippling to create paintings with finest details. Double lines are used to depict the outlines.


Bharni means filling. In this style the subject is outlined with black and the enclosed areas are filled with vibrant colors like blue, yellow, pink, green, orange etc.


These paintings were slightly less detailed and following a simple pattern than the famous Line Paintings (Kachni style) or Colour Paintings (Bharni Style) made by the Brahman and Kayastha groups.


The Kohbar, painted on paper by a girl is sent by her to the boy of her choice as a marriage proposal; it is painted on the walls of bedroom to ensure fertility; on the paper used for wrapping gifts during courtship as a proof of a girl's accomplishment in the traditional art and on the walls of the house for magic protection