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Warli Art

Warli painting is a type of distinctive tribal folk art of western India, aborginal to the tribes of the North Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra. It is widely practised in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, including cities like Dahanu, Talasari, Jawhar, Palghar, Mokhada and Vikramgad.

The warli art is considered to be one of the finest folk art traditions of India. It stands out from the other folk art traditions of India due to their distinctive use of geometrical shapes & patterns as well as their unique stylistic essence. Three basic geometric shapes – circle, triangle & square – are used to denote people, animals, plants and other things.

The warli paintings characteristically revolve around the concept of Mother Nature and include natural elements as the focal points, while depicting the tribe’s way of life & social functions.

Traditionally, warli art is done on the walls & floors of the clay huts, typically using only a white colored naturally made paint over the backdrop of the reddish brown structures. Warli art is simple & easy to draw, and is easily identified with the triangular human figures.

You will need the following essential art supplies for Warli painting.

  • A drawing surface
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cloth

Learner’s outcome

  • Warli art is very easy to learn & beginner friendly.
  • Learning Warli art allows you to learn about the Warli community & their culture.
  • The materials needed for Warli painting are inexpensive & easily available.
  • Warli art has high artistic value.

Want to learn Warli art & explore the rich folk art traditions of India? Enrol in our Warli Painting courses at Oak Groves and experience the indigenous traditions of India. Anyone can learn, there’s no age restrictions!


  • An interest to learn.