The Gond are a large tribal group mostly located in the central Indian state of Madya Pradesh. They decorate the walls of their houses with images of the world as they see it, where nature seems to be in harmony, plants, trees, birds, insects and even humans.
I've been collecting Gond paintings ever since I first saw them 10 years ago in Delhi. I've just seen an interesting about Gond paintings and the link is on this page. There are some wonderful images of this painting style and I especially like the title of their book: The Night Life of Trees.
Kalamkari, sometimes spelt kalamakari, craft is a very old tradition of Indian folk art painting. Indian paintings are often localised in their origins: the kalamkari tradition is centered around Andhra Pradesh in South India. Kalam means pen and kari translates as drawing.
Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium symbolizes the balance of the universe, and of the couple, and has the practical and amusing advantage of animating the bodies.