Madhubani Art - Educational Arts & Crafts for Kids Activity Kit
This learn-by-doing arts and crafts activity kit for kids educates children about the famous Indian folk art, Madhubani, while they have a lot of fun painting and colouring in the Madhubani painting style. Perfect to get kids away from screens for a while and as a group activity for children during birthday parties. Makes for a thoughtful birthday gift or party favours too!
Madhubani painting is a traditional folk art of the Indian state of Bihar. The colour cards in the kit are a collection of animals drawn in Madhubani style. Children can colour all animals from the jungles of Madhubani and make their own collection.
This art kit is part of a series developed by Potli.org in India, to raise awareness of Indian traditional arts among children through fun activities. MadeWithLoveInIndia.co.uk is proud to collaborate with Potli to bring these kits to families in the UK.
The painting kit directly supports the artisans and helps in sustaining their art form. Potli is a member of the Fair Trade Forum India. This craft kit combines education with entertainment and engages children with non-digital and tactile play and helps enhance children’s creativity and imagination.
Age: Ideal for age 5 years and up
- 10 colouring cards
- 2 bookmarks
- 2 gift tags
- 6 child-safe non-toxic paints
- 2 brushes
- 2 packs of raw materials for making natural colour
- 1 factsheet about the art form.
Dimension: 15x26x3 cm
Adult supervision is recommended to read from factsheets.
About Madhubani Art (Mithila Art)
Madhubani art, also known as Mithila art, is a traditional art form native to the Mithila region spanning the northern Indian state of Bihar to Nepal.
It is believed Madhubani dates back to the times of the Ramayana. It is mostly practised by women in the villages who pass down the art to their daughters through multiple generations. They paint pictures of nature and mythology to depict different life events like birth, marriage, and cycles of life. It was traditionally painted on walls as social art and adornment. The colours were derived from plants and the motifs from nature and mythological events, and themes revolving around Hindu deities.
Paintings often illustrate the hopes and dreams of the locals and are characterized by geometrical patterns, vibrant colours, two-dimensional imagery and the depiction of natural elements like the sun, plants and local rituals and traditions. Madhubani is inherently a social and public art form - it adorns the walls of homes, temples, such as the famous Ram Janaki temple in Madhubani, railway stations, schools, among others. Paintings are predominantly made by women and the art form has aided the empowerment and recognition of women in an otherwise conservative region.
Traditionally painted on freshly plastered walls in social spaces the art form has also made its way to textiles, canvas, or paper, among others. Paintings are made with powdered rice mixed with plant-based natural dyes pigments like turmeric. Artists apply paints with their fingers or twigs serving as brushes. Today, you’ll find Madhubani art on clothing, interior decor, upholstery, among others.
About Potli & MadeWithLoveInIndia.co.uk
Made with Love in India is thrilled to collaborate with Potli to bring a series of children’s arts & crafts kits to children in the UK. We founded Made With Love In India to encourage people beyond Indian shores to discover Indian artistic traditions and craft forms and support artisans by shopping for these beautiful products. Potli, the organisation behind this series of children’s educational art, craft, and architecture kits, was founded over a decade ago in India with the aim to reconnect children with Indian heritage through traditional art, craft, and history. Potli aims to create awareness and expand markets for artisan communities that depend on their art form for livelihood. Made with Love in India and Potli's collaboration is a marriage made in heaven and we’re just getting started!
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