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Artisans are adding a pinch of Madhubani art to brighten up the otherwise dull face masks. Priced between Rs 50 to Rs 100, these masks are finding takers from across the country.

Highlights
•    Madhubani painting, also referred to as Mithila Art (as it flourishes in the Mithila region of Bihar), is characterized by line drawings filled in by bright colours and contrasts or patterns.This style of painting has been traditionally done by the women of the region, though today men are also involved to meet the demand.
•    These paintings are popular because of their tribal motifs and use of bright earthy colours. These paintings are done with mineral pigments prepared by the artists.
•    The work is done on freshly plastered or a mud wall.For commercial purposes, the work is now being done on paper, cloth, canvas etc.
•    Cotton wrapped around a bamboo stick forms the brush. Black colour is obtained by mixing soot with cow dung; yellow from turmeric or pollen or lime and the milk of banyan leaves; blue from indigo and so on.
•    The colours are applied flat with no shading and no empty space is left.
•    Figures from nature & mythology are adapted to suit their style.
•    The themes & designs widely painted are of Hindu deities such as Krishna, Rama, Siva, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Sun and Moon, Tulasi plant, court scenes, wedding scenes, social happenings etc.
•    Floral, animal and bird motifs, geometrical designs are used to fill up all the gaps.