The origin of Lippan art also known as Mud Mirror Art

The origin of Lippan art also known as Mud Mirror Art

The handmade mud art is a traditional mural artwork of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as the Chittar Kaam, Lippan Kaam, or Mud wall art, this art form converts mud into beautiful and vibrant murals and wall hangings. The specialty of making mud-reflect work is by and large known as 'Lippan kaam' in Western India, where ‘Lippan’ means mud and ‘Kaam’ means work. This art form really gives life and an artsy edge to something as lifeless as mud and makes it one of the few most attractive and intricate pieces of art. The Lippan Art is the perfect touch to a traditional Indian home aesthetic as it brings out authentic handcraft beautifully done in different colors, patterns, and mirrors. 

What is Lippan Art?

Lippan also known as mud washing is used to keep the houses cool in humid hot weather and is done so using locally available materials. In Kutch, the artisans batter together a mixture of clay and camel dung. This mud relief work is generally finished inside and outside walls of mud cottages known as Bhungas which helps maintain a cool temperature as well as serves the purpose of decoration. The craftsmen of Lippan Kaam at Kutch are experienced to such an extent that they don't generally draw any plan or example on the wooden board prior to beginning the work. They partition the wooden board into equal parts lines and as indicated by these divisions, the idea is also imagined and well thought of. The art is done straightforwardly on wooden boards and then on the walls of houses. 

How is the Mud Mirror Art Done?

Typically lippan work is supposed to be white so when the mud is dried that is stuck on the wooden board, a layer of white mud is formed. This white mud is from the sand of marshland which has a high salt content. Even though the preferred color of this art form is white, new artisans paint it with shades of red, green, and blue painted on the dried mud to make it more attractive. 

The beautiful themes and details of mud work are generally peacocks, camels, elephants, mango trees, temples, and day-to-day exercises of the existence in Kutch and portrayed through art. Ideally, in Lippan art is majorly done as freehand drawings and majorly has geographic structures and shapes. The mud-reflect work is intricately finished on walls, parcels, roofs, entryways, and floors.


Lippan Art in the Modern World 

In the contemporary world, the Mud Mirror Art has won many hearts. The mud-reflect work is accessible in frames/wooden boards so that this intricate life art can reach multiple homes. The best part about this amazing art form is that they are very durable and strong since it is made from mud and mirrors. They are entirely strong, launderable, non-brittle, and waterproof. If you are looking for an art piece that could become the centerpiece of your living room and have the essence of a traditional to it, the handmade Lippan Art wall hangings by Artociti are your ideal find. They are hand-crafted and are made keeping in mind today's design comfort while keeping the essence of the art form alive. The art form that makes you feel closer to your roots is exactly what Lippan Art is all about. 

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