Warli Painting – How to do Warli Painting?


The Warli or Varli are an Indian Scheduled Tribe. These indigenous people live in talukas of the Thane, Nasik and Dhule districts of Maharashtra, the Valsad District of Gujarat, and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu union territories. They have their own beliefs, life and customs which have little in common with Hinduism. The Warlis speak an unwritten Varli language mingling Sanskrit, Marathi and Gujarati words. The word Warli is derived from warla, meaning “piece of land” or “field”.

Source :Wikipedia


Warli painting unlike other paintings doesn’t depict mythological characters or images of deities. It’s usually painted on mud walls depicting images of human in daily life activities. Warli paintings on paper has become very common these days and are sold all over India. Warli is usually Geometrical Patterns like Circle representing the sun and moon. Triangle representing Mountains and trees.

Try making your own Warli Painting

Things you will need

Hardboard/ Canvas/ Cloth/Handmade paper
Trace paper
Metallic colors(for cloth)
Acrylic/ Poster colors (for paper)
White poster
Carbon sheet

How to do
Step 1: You need to choose a design.

Step 2: First draw the required pattern on the trace paper and copy the design into the hardboard/ canvas/cloth/paper using carbon sheet.

Step3: If using Cloth Paint using metallic colors and let it dry well. Use Acrylic colors for canvas and hardboard/ Poster colors for paper

Step4:Draw outlines using the white color and again leave it to dry for 24 hours.

If applying on cloth iron on the back side of the cloth.


  1. I am doing a college project on Warli paintings. And this project requires first hand research. So I would like to what inspires artists to do Warli paintings even when they are not the part of the Warli tribes or belong to the region. I’ll be doing photoframes as the output ,inspired by Warli art after the research is complete.


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