The material used in painting are:
|• Khadi Cloth
|- Khadi cloth is nothing but a hand woven cotton cloth, used as a canvas for Cheriyal painting.
|• Rice Starch
|- Rice starch is prepared by boiling the rice in excess water. The thick water that remains after the rice is cooked is known as rice starch.
|• Tamarind Seeds
|- Tamarind seeds are used as a base for sculpting the shape onto the mask and as a natural hardener in both masks and canvas preparation.
|• Tree Gum
|- Tree gum is a natural gum extracted from the barks of specific tree, which is used in mask making and canvas preparation in Cheriyal painting.
|• White Mud
|- White mud is a type of mud available in local and is extracted from a specific depth from the ground. It is considered as the purest form of mud and locally known as “Sudda matti”.
|• Goat and Squirrel Hair Brushes
|- These brushes are used in painting traditional Cheriyal style of scrolls and masks.
|• Stone Colors
|- Colors like red and blue are extracted from the stones to prepare colors.
|- It is used as yellow color while painting.
|• Sea Shell
|- Sea shell is used for extracting the white color.
|• Kerosene Lamp Ash
|- It is used as the black color in Cheriyal painting.
|• Coconut shells
|- Coconut shells are used as containers to mix colors and as a base to prepare Cheriyal Masks.
|- To mark a primary outline of the scene from Indian epics/mythology on canvas.