Pichwai Painting

Pichwai (Sanskrit word pich stands for back and wai for hanging). The unique word Pichwais comes from the Sanskrit word pitch, which means "to be" and Wai means "to hang.". It means traditional painting of the hanging idol of Shrinathji

Pichwai or Pichvai is a style of painting that was developed in Nathdwara City in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India about 400 years ago. Paintings in PichWai, also called Mewar style or textile paintings, hang on walls of temples, houses, art galleries and museums and in the NathDwara temples from which they originate. Although the style is a 400-year-old Indian art form, its origins go back even further.

The fascinating Pichwai paintings show various Indian festivals such as Anakoot, Janmashtami, Holi, Sharad Purnima, Raas Leela and Diwali. Large eyes, big noses and thick bellies are the focus of the pictures, which symbolize the various festivals in India.

Pichwai is a wall hanging art made of cloth and paper that depicts stories from the life of Lord Krishnas. Pichhwai, Pichhavai or Pichhvai or Pechhavais are great devoted Hindus who paint pictures on cloth to represent the Lord Krishna. They hang idols of Shrinathji, the local form of Krishna in the center of Pushtimarg, in the devotional tradition of worship and represent his Leela.