Abroad Modern

Miniature Painting Postcard

$ 6.50

These vintage postcards are adorned with the famous miniature painting style of Udaipur, which traces back to at least the 9th Century. So called 'miniature,' the technique is notable for its tiny details, painstakingly painted using vegetable and mineral derived tints and gold leaf.

While these postcards provide small, accessible examples of the art form, the centuries-old handicraft was traditionally rendered on palm leaves, fine silks and even filagreed bone and ivory. Master artists created large-scale narrative works, illustrating epics, fables and religious texts, visualizing stories through art for those who might not be able to read. 

Product Specifications:

  • 3.5" x 5.5"
  • vintage paper postcards; mineral-based tints and gold-leaf
  • Each postcard is hand-painted and completely unique; many have writing on reverse side
  • Hand painted in Udaipur, India

This is Special because...

Our postcards are created by the students at the Udaipur Art Institute, a non-profit school that teaches the craft to people in villages outside of the city in order to keep the tradition alive and bring economic sustenance to those communities. Our favorite style depicts the emblematic animals of Rajasthan in triptych, each of which represent a major city within that state. Udaipur is signified by the horse, a symbol of power; Jaipur by the elephant, a symbol of good luck; and Jaisalmer by the camel, symbolizing love. 

This item is shipped directly from a partnering retailer, Abroad Modern, which focuses on sustainably and ethically manufactured goods as well as social causes! This means you may receive your order in multiple shipments (if you are ordering more than one item) and if it is being made-to-order, please be mindful of the designer's individually allocated lead times! We are proudly connecting our customers and the designers we love in a direct way in the hopes that we can support other small businesses in tandem with our own! Items that are shipped directly from the maker incur a shipping fee that is uniquely set by those designers, and we handle all the rest from there! 

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