Hase Chittara is an intricate folk art originating in the Malenadu region in Karnataka, around 500 years ago. It’s a creation is attributed to the communities such as Deewaru, Karevakkaliga, Kotevakkaliga, Halakivakkaliga and Hasalaru. It was mainly expressed through decorative borders around doors and windows, on the walls, and baskets on occasions like the building of new house or marriages. Presently, it is practised in only a few regions of Karnataka, mostly by the Deewaru community of Shimoga, Sagara and Uttar Kannada district of the state.
These paintings are done on walls using paints developed from rice paste and white mud and primarily depict the aspects of religious, social and agricultural practices of the community. Natural materials are used in this art form, and colours developed from tree bark, seeds, minerals, rocks, vegetables.
ClayRoot is committed to the revival of this art form through our EcoKriti initiative. We hope to work with the Hase Chittara artisans in Shimoga to showcase the vibrant art form and connect them to the larger artisanal communities.