Pithora Elephant

Harsingh Hamir

An elephant decorated for a special occasion.

Each print is silkscreen-printed by hand on paper recycled from cotton waste. The silkscreen process is a classic technique of printing where layers of ink are transferred onto the surface of paper through mesh screens. The process requires precision and care, each print contains as many layers as it does colours.


Read a blog post by Gita Wolf – Pithora Painting and the Coming of Better Times – that explores the work of artists from the indigenous Rathwa tribe from Gujarat and their belief that creating a particular painting—called Pithora—banishes adversity and brings about a change in fortune.


Screenprinted & signed

limited edition art print

$ 70.00

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Weight 100.0 g
Dimensions 560 × 560 × 1 mm





200 gsm – handmade from recycled cotton waste


Limited edition of 200 prints


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Harsingh Hamir

Harsingh Hamir is a young and contemporary Rathwa artist from Gujarat. Though traditionally the Rathwa artists paint a ritual wall mural called Pithora, several contemporary artists have taken new directions. Harshingh is one of them, and was happy to apply his talent and skills to new material.


Pithora Art

Each year, artists from the Rathwa community paint a ritual wall mural called ‘Pithora’. The painting is believed to remove ill-luck and restore peace and prosperity to the households which commission it. Pithora murals are not merely decorative: they capture the whole body of myth, belief and ritual of the community, passed on from generation to generation. While this traditional practice continues to this day, several contemporary Rathwa artists also explore their work in new directions outside of the ritual context.