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Jhoti or Chita

Jhoti or Chita & Muruja

Jhoti or Chita, Jhoti or Chita art and craft, Jhoti or Chita art of Orissa, Jhoti or Chita Arts & Crafts In OrissaRegion : Throughout Orissa
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A Folk Art
They are called jhoti or chita and are drawn not merely with the intention of decorating the house, but to establish a relationship between the mystical and the material, thus being highly symbolical and meaningful. Throughout the year, the village women perform several rituals for the fulfillment of their desires. For each occasion a specific motif is drawn on the floor or on the wall.

Muruja is drawn on the floor with powders of different hues. White powder is obtained from the grinding of stones, green powder is obtained from dry leaves, black from burnt coconut shells, yellow from the petals of marigold flowers or turmeric, and red from red clay or bricks. Muruja is generally used during rituals in the forms of mandalas.

In the holy month of Kartik (November) women observe penance and draw muruja designs near the tulsi plant. Drawing of muruja designs needs a lot of skill and practice. The powder is held between the tips of the thumb and the forefinger, and allowed to fall delicately through them to form lines and patterns which are a delight to the eye testifying to the innate skill of the practitioners who are generally women.

The Folic Painting
Folic painting is a tradition that survives till today in all its pristine freshness. Throughout the year, the village women perform several rituals for the fulfillment of their desires. For each occasion a specific motif is drawn on the floor or on the wall. For instance, in Lakshmipuja a stack of paddy or rice sheaves is drawn on the walls structured like a pyramid. During Durga Puja, white dots superimposed with red are painted on the walls. This combination of red and white signifies the worship of Shiva and Shakti.

Drawing A Jhoti Or Chita
Jhoti or Chita, Jhoti or Chita art and craft, Jhoti or Chita art of Orissa, Jhoti or Chita Arts & Crafts In OrissaTo draw a Jhoti or Chita, the fingers are dipped into the rice paste and made to trace out intricate patterns on the floor or walls. Sometimes a kind of brush is prepared from a twig to one end of which a small piece of cloth is attached. This is dipped into the white rice paste to draw patterns on the wall. At times, the paste is sprinkled on the walls with delicate swishes of de mist; a pattern resembling bunches of paddy emerges on the wall.

The Chitas are also drawn on grain bins, on small pavilions for household deities, on the threshold of homes and on earthen pots used during marriage and on other auspicious occasions.
Creating Muruja Designs Muruja is drawn on the floor with powders of different hues. White powder is obtained from the grinding of stones, green powder is obtained from dry leaves, black from burnt coconut shells, yellow from the petals of marigold flowers or turmeric, and red from red clay or bricks.

Muruja is generally used during rituals in the forms of 'Mandalas'. In the holy month of 'Kartik' (November) women observe penance and draw Muruja designs near the 'tulsi' plant. Drawing of Muruja designs needs a lot of skill and practice. The powder is held between the tips of the thumb and the forefinger, and allowed to fall delicately through them to form lines and patterns, which are a delight to the eye testifying to the innate skill of the practitioners who are generally women.

Tattooing
The rustic people of Orissa used to cover their bodies with tattoo marks. Tattooing is also referred to as "Kutei Chira" and carried out by pricking the skin and applying black soot. A tattoo mark on a woman is believed to symbolise chastity. Some believe that it is a shield against the torture of 'Yama', the God of Death, or a means whereby one's soul attains salvation.

 

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