A town overshadowed for a very long time by its bigger, glitzy neighbouring city of Hyderabad, Warangal has started to get more attention since the formation of Telangana. It is host to heritage sites on the Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
Cheriyal art, the dying art form that narrates the lives of people in rural communities with vibrant colors and visuals on scrolls and canvas, influenced our Warangal t-shirt design. It is believed that the Cheriyal Scroll Paintings were brought to India by the Mughals in the 16th century however some say, that it is mostly the invention of the locals since they differ from the other forms of scroll painting found in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Cheriyal Paintings bear a heavy influence of temple art traditions. Performing arts of dance and music were soon added to this style of painting by the Kaki Padagollu community- a clan of story tellers that use these paintings as visual aids while they narrate their stories.