REVIVAL OF ORNAMENTAL WALL FINISHES OF SHEKHAWATI


Painted havelis are a unique feature of towns in the Shekhawati region. Apart from the functional and structural aspects of construction that have been very skillfully achieved in a haveli, aesthetic aspects have also been equally exemplified. Several finishes and ornamentation techniques have been used to adorn the havelis. Mural paintings on lime plaster have been extensively used as an artistic medium for expression. Every inch of space displays a mastery of the technique of mural painting. Apart from wall painting stucco, sculpture work, gold painting and mirror inlay work are some of the other ornamentation techniques that have been employed with utmost perfection in havelis to adorn the wall surfaces.

CATTS has undertaken extensive research on the various wall finishing techniques of Shekhawati. Detailed work has been carried out on the technique of mural painting and attempts are underway for contemporary adaptation of traditional techniques for revival and promotion of this beautiful art form.

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