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Title: Preparation techniques of pigments for traditional mural paintings of Kerala
Authors: Mini, P V
Keywords: Traditional murals
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Series/Report no.: Int. Cl.8: C09B61/00, B27, D06P, G10D, D01H13/30
Abstract: In Kerala, traditionally the mural painting is done in five colours - red, yellow, green, black and white. Colours are prepared from vegetables and mineral pigments. Red is derived from red literate, yellow is derived from yellow laterite, white from lime, and black from soot of oil-lamps. Leaves of Neelamari or Neelachedi plant are squeezed and the extract is used after drying up to be mixed with Eravikkara for obtaining the green pigment. Wooden utensils are used for mixing the colours and the binding media used is derived from tender coconut water and extracts from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica). The wall preparation for the mural is arduous and time consuming process. The line drawing is made initially on the prepared wall and subsequently the five colours are applied. The entire process of a mural painting involves meticulous balancing of various components. The perfection and the finer aspects of the work depend on the preparation of pigments. An understanding of the traditional knowledge developed by its early practitioners enhances the life of the mural paintings.
Description: 635-639
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.09(4) [October 2010]

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