Mud and Mirror work is part of rural Kutchhi life style. Traditionally this art work is done on the inner walls of the circular houses called ‘Bhunga’, which are seen in the desert of Kutchh. The women of the house make mud and mirror murals. These murals have various patterns and designs. The common motifs are flowers, leafs, animals, Human figures etc. Apart from being a decorative art for inner walls of the houses, the raw materials used in this art form act as natural cooling agents for the house. This art form or the craft provides a cool home environment and makes life liveable in the hot Kutch desert. Clay and dried donkey dung powder is mixed together in almost equal proportions to make a thin slurry. This slurry is applied as the base of the artwork. To the slurry further the artisans add clay and donkey dung powder to get dough like consistency. This dough is then used to make balls and cylindrical stripes of various sizes. These balls and strips are made either by rolling the dough on the floor or between the palms. The stripes and balls prepared are pasted to make various shapes and pattern on the surface. Mirrors are stuck onto the mural for further embellishments with the help of the adhesive. Once the designs are made on the surface and is partially dried a coat of white clay, which is locally available is applied on it.
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