A folk art dating back to the times of the Hindu epic 'The Ramayana', Madhubani art is recognized by the miniature paintings comprising of long folk tales. The designs were originally tattoos the women drew on one another, to depict local stories or to commemorate special ceremonies or festivals. The Godna women believe that every surface is a potential canvas for beautiful design, from the walls of their homes to their skin to their paper & canvas surfaces. Madhubani art is recognised by the miniature paintings of figures. Their paintings comprise of long folk tales that are told through these miniatures. Usually no area of the painting is left blank or untouched; every part of the painting is covered either by lines or color with the use of self made tools and paints. it is believed that the artists have been painting on canvas and paper within only the last 50 years.