Patta-chitra means painting on cloth/patta. It has flourished in Odisha since earlier than 15th century.
Earth, stone, and mineral colours are used for painting on patta or specialised canvas medium prepared organically for painting such as: vermillion red- hingula (cinnabar); brick red- geru (red ochre); yellow- hartala (orpiment); white- sankh (conch shell); black- lamp black; gum resin- kaintha plant etc.
For Sarees/stoles/dupattas/fabric : Fabric colour is used, so that the color remains steadfast.
Some of the popular themes are Radha-Krishna, Mahabharat, Ramayana, Lord Jagannath, Dasavatar etc. Our beautiful mythological tales are often told by Pattachitra paintings. Here beautiful Boita Bandana pattachitra is shown as the Sadhabanis (wives of Sadhaba Pua- the Odia traders who went to S.E.Asia for trade since BC times) would bid the brave sailors adieu for their voyage, made on natural and pure mulberry silk base. Art and weave combination at its best! Flaunt it with pride!