Lippan art work is the traditional artwork of the desert region of Rajasthan and Gujrat. ‘Lippan’ means to apply. Beautiful designs using camels, birds, trees, flowers, peacocks and other nature inspired motifs are created on the wall of homes using mud, thread and mirrors. Deities and symbols that bring prosperity and peace to homes are creatively designed in this art form.
Gita’s brush with Lippan art
All the glitter and the shimmer of the mirrors embedded in the mud mural which hung on the wall of a friend’s modern house in Malaysia in the year 2002 captivated Gita’s senses completely. She immediately approached her friend and got to know that this art form could be learnt in India and that’s how her journey with Lippan art began. Having gotten the opportunity, she flew down to Delhi to learn this art form. Since then she has been conducting workshops and also making wall murals for gifting and exhibiting.
Mirrors on Lippan art glitter and glimmer with change in light. Colours used in this art form is very earthy. Dull orange, ochre, deep browns, olive greens. Traditional lime wash is used to finish this art. Gita has also weaved in warli and madhubani motifs into the Lippan murals and hence found fusion of the three art forms. This, she feels, has been simply exciting and amazing experience for her. This art allows one to feel earth in their hands. This whole journey of working with simple materials is therapeutic.
Gita regularly conducts workshops on Lippan art in cafes like Café 2s and 4s, Mindful Health, Jackfruit Tree, Circle of Life and many more community spaces. She also regularly exhibits her artwork in community spaces in and around her area. As she is an avid traveler, she also conducts these workshop in small scales where she goes and spreads the joy of healing through earth.
This simple play of mud and mirrors made me realize there is an artist in all of us – Participant
It’s so beautiful to decorate our houses with such natural art…It’s such a joy!! – Participant
My eight-year-old son and me love to create things together. We thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful activity
19 workshops conducted and ~200 students trained so far
Children with their mothers enjoy wetting their hands in the aromatic dirt playfully, veterans gracefully lay their hands on the panels and love to meditate in the process of bringing their imagination to an earthy art form. For me I feel it is triple bonus, we create murals together, do sharing and bond in community and build business opportunities too.
Foray into commercial projects
Gita and her team of 5 Lippan artists have recently started executing commercial projects. Her team works in different groups to complete and deliver orders of Lippan murals for commercial and home spaces. They happily visit client’s interiors and provide consultation for creating rural Lippan walls in work, home, bungalow or garden spaces.
It makes me happy to share new things that I learn with people around me. Simple things done together in groups creates such harmony – Gita
Gita can be contacted through her email – firstname.lastname@example.org