cloth hanging used as a backdrop for images worshipped in temples of the Hindu Vallabhacarya sect, who are ardent devotees of the god Krishna. Pichhwais, which form a part of the temple decor, are frequently changed according to the day, the season, and the occasion. Some are fairly large and are made from such costly fabrics as velvet and brocade, while others are smaller and are made of cotton cloth decorated with embroidery or painting. In the 18th century the decoration consisted mainly of landscapes with small animal and human figures; later, large human figures began to predominate.

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