Sunday, March 10, 2013

43 Madhubani Border Designs

One of the best ways to practice Madhubani is to draw its designs on small pieces of handmade paper. That's what I was doing during the weekend as a relaxing time-pass. All of them are copied from Madhubani works I found on the Internet and although I drew them, their copyright doesn't belong to me. If you are the creator of one of these designs and would like to be given credit to, please contact and I will give the necessary credit.


Materials used: permanent marker (black), handmade paper, pencils and crayons. The colors are unchanged, the tone might vary, the design proportions may also vary.


Commonly, only lines are used as a border, usually only 3-4 lines.

Single color border, usually crimson red or orange or maroon.

Another popular design for border is just these little "mounts".

This checked black and white chess board design has been used by the famous Baua Devi


The simplest triangle design can be used for black and white drawings.

Red,orange and black lined triangle design can suit for any drawing that has triangle patterns.

Black and white triangle design.

Blue, red and triple line boarder.

Simple triangle design with some line work underneath, used to paint on a sari.

Lovely lotus and lined triangle design.

Pretty interesting earthly triangle design from a tattoo work.


Another simple design, often used by Baua Devi.

Interesting black from sides and lined in the middle design from a black and white tattoo work.

Modern looking Madhubani border.

Another wavy boarder design of green, yellow and pink.


Cute and flowing flower boarder.

Traditional lotus and mount boarder.

The interesting, complicated looking (but easy) petal design. (Originally orange)

Flower design from a photo of a outside wall painting in a village.

Pretty complicated looking black background flower and triangle double boarder design.

Simple petals and loops black and white design.

Upside down lotus flower and black triangle double boarder design.


Very addictive and cute yellow leaf design.

Classic and refined leaf design.

Orange leaves in the stripy background - a lovely traditional Madhubani design.

Loads of line work with red leaf design.

There is something about blue and red with the black extra border design.

Common red leaves in the stripy black background design.

Peacock feather like leaf red design.

Modest petals black and white design.


Red and black, crossed simple design.

Yet to be  colored border design.

If your painting's figure is carrying a jug of water, this will be a perfect boarder design.

Simple vertical design for an overly detailed work.

This is from a highly complicated black and white Madhubani work that could be sold for 10.000 rs.


Tribal looking, ball/fish-eye border design.

A very sophisticated circle design with the detail of leaf.

An interesting border from a Madhubani sketch (circles are used instead of a double line).

Another circles, ovals and mounts triple border design.


A black and white design.

Simple and time consuming rhombus, lines and triangles triple boarder designs.

Rhombus and circles. From a complicated time consuming black and white work.

Red rhombus and blue and white boarder.


Ganapathy Subramaniam said...

Love your site with unique focus on this ancient Madhubani art. Your interpretation of this style is decorative, and colorful to its spirit. This post is excellent!

CrazyLassi said...

Thank you!

Unknown said...

Excellent post! I too don't have a professional training in Madhubani but I learnt it from my guru who had spent time in Madhubani in learning this art form. Art is my hobby and science is my profession. on my sabbatical i dedicated all my time in learning and creating my own style in madhubani. this is an art form that looks simple but technically not so! i love this art !

CrazyLassi said...

Hello Jo, wow that's so cool. I wish I could learn from somewhere who was in Madhubani or go there myself. Right now I'm trying to learn from looking only. Thanks for the comment!

Unknown said...

Your blog is very informative and keep up the good work.

CrazyLassi said...

Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot for such interesting posts..I'm always crazy abt madhubani paintings,so i shld say,"I'm in love wid ur blog :-)"

Pavani BT said...

Just loved the way u have shown basics of Madhubani designs!!

Ritu Singh said...

WOW!! Amazing!

Unknown said...

hi,i also started doing madhubani just refering images available on google. i am not a professional it was just to keep me busy as i love colors.but all my work is copied. i just dont know how to create my own. the max i have done is to change color scheme or change in border or flower design but the basic design remaims the same.i can gift to my near & dear ones but cant put them for sale. can u help me pl?

CrazyLassi said...

Hello Ritu and thanks for your comment! After reading your comment it looks to me that you are doing well with your Madhubani. Even Madhubani artist have learned these designs and composition by copying their elders. At first, they draw small designs and copy the same drawings again and again. Only elder and very experienced artist would take initiative in their hands and start creating their compositions themselves. When drawing Madhubani it is important to keep their authenticity, otherwise it will be a Madhubani style drawing or Madhubani inspired drawing but it won't be completely Madhubani. For that it's best to mix and match borders and designs from other paintings until you are confident to do it on your own. I haven't put any of my paintings for sale yet but I have seen someone scan and selling them online without my consent. If your near and dear ones like your paintings, there is a chance that others will like them too. Try showing them off to people. You can open your own Madhubani painting blog or you could take your paintings to Dilli Hath or any folk art fair (mela) and show your drawings to the villagers who work traditionally. Ask what they think about it and they might encourage you or give you any advice.

Rachu said...

Your blog is very informative and useful for a beginner like me. Thank you so much

CrazyLassi said...

Thanks everyone for inspiring comments!

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