In the tribal villages of Hazaribagh in northeastern India, indigenous Adivasi women paint their mud homes with rambling, figurative murals. A matrimonial ritual that takes place each spring, the paintings last only as long as the dry season. Come the summer months, seasonal monsoons then wash the paintings away, with the cycle starting again the following year. There’s something incredibly profound and beautiful about the intentional impermanence of this art.
We first discovered these paintings — called khovar — in the pages of World of Interiors, in an article featuring the remarkable work of German-French photographer Deidi von Schaewen, who has spent a considerable amount of time in the region capturing life in the villages.