Initially men painted and sang while the women helped in making colours.
Women were not supposed to paint the pata themselves, but all these have changed now.
‘Pata’ is cloth and ‘chitra’ means picture or painting in Sanskrit.
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All colours used in the Paintings are natural and paintings are made fully the traditional way.
Themes are mainly on Lord Jagannath and radha-krishna, Jagannath, Balabhadra and temple activities, the ten incarnations of Vishnu basing on the Gita Govinda of jayadev, Kama Kujara Navagunjara, Ramayana, Mahabharata.
The Patachitra process The area for the painting to be made is prepared by coating a mixture of chalk and a special kind of gum.
This gives a leathery finish to the surface on which the painting with vegetable and earth colours is done.
The tradition of pattachitra paintings is more than thousand years old.