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The origins of Madhubani painting are shrouded in the ancient history of India. The technique is still done by women from villages around the town of Madhubani. The style features spirals and curved lines, vines, tendrils, arches, crescent moons, and the globe of the sun. Madhubani paintings depict the diversity, color, and spontaneity of India and are representations of the all-encompassing nature of Indian culture.
Generally, no space in a Madhubani painting is left empty; gaps are filled by images of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. In this activity, your child will recreate the Madhubani style by using flowers, plants and animals that are familiar to her own surroundings. The main subject of the painting should represent an event in her life. Take a moment to look up Madhubani paintings online and notice how every inch of the picture surface is filled with color and line. It is a truly beautiful art form!