Saura Tribal Art
Saura Tribal art is an ancient art form that finds its origins in the state of Odisha. The people of the Saura tribe traditionally drew ritualistic pictographs on the inside walls of their mud houses called 'italons'. These pictographs were made for various reasons – to avoid disease, preserve crops, honor the dead of the tribe, and promote fertility. The Saura paintings were traditionally made to mark special events such as birth of a child, a good harvest, marriage etc. In recent times, the Saura artists have started using hand-made paper and cloth as the medium for their paintings.Natural colors are used mainly black and white (made from soot and rice respectively) and a bamboo brush is used to paint. For wall paintings, a brush is made from a bamboo split, black color is collected from soot generated out of lamps, sun-dried rice is crushed to from white powder, and all these are mixed in water, and juice from roots and herbs to make a paste.