The joy, the happiness of the people of Mithila is getting a vivid depiction in the beautiful Madhubani Painting. A number of human figures, animals are being depicted in the painting with lot of trees. Mithila paintings, alternately called Madhubani, are a folk tradition kept alive by women in northern Bihar. Together, they draw traditional designs and depict events from epic mythology on the floors and walls of their houses using crushed wet rice and natural colors on handmade paper. From this age old tradition stemmed the practice of drawing Mithila paintings on a canvas of handmade paper or pure mulberry silk fabric, using natural colors and fabric dyes. Brushes, sharpened reeds and pen nibs are used to draw the designs and figurations.