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Mithila Painting from Nepal
June 11, 2018
Mithila is a geographical and cultural region that straddles parts of Northern India and Southern Nepal. For centuries, the people of the region (with a particular focus on Madhubani district) have practised a vibrant and fascinating style of painting and we are pleased to be introducing an exciting new range of Mithila products. On our last buying trip to Nepal, we stumbled upon a little shop in Thamel, Kathmandu down a bumpy alleyway. The friendly owner showed us several beautiful paintings as well as a number of handpainted mirrors, buckets and boxes. Intrigued by all the amazing colour, we asked if we could see where the painting is done. The following day we headed out to Madhyapur Thimi, a district on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Eventually, we found the tiny little workshop on a dusty street next door to a dry store shop and overlooking a river. We were greeted outside by the shopkeeper and his wife who run the business together. Inside a group of five women were happily working away on all manner of amazingly colourful items. Traditionally, Mithila painting uses a wide range of tools and techniques including brushes, sticks, nib pens, matchsticks and fingers to get the distinctive look. The painting style was initially done on the freshly plastered walls and floors of mud huts but its use has now been transferred to paper, canvas and cardboard surfaces. We also checked to make sure that the paint is a lead-free non-toxic brand.