Kalamkari art of India: intricacy from hand to heart!
Kalamkari is a traditional Indian art form that involves hand-painting natural dyes onto fabric. Read More
It is a complex and time-consuming process, but the results are stunning. Kalamkari fabrics are often used to make sarees, kurtas, and other clothing items, as well as home décor items such as bedspreads and cushion covers. It originated in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana but is practiced in other parts of India as well. The word “Kalamkari” is derived from two Persian words, “kalam” meaning pen, and “kari” meaning craftsmanship. This art form involves hand-painting or block-printing intricate designs on fabric using a pen-like tool called a kalam or a block carved with designs.
The process of making Kalamkari begins with the preparation of the fabric. The fabric is first bleached and then washed in goat milk and myrobalam (a natural mordant) to make it soft and absorbent. The design is then traced onto the fabric using a charcoal pencil. Next, the artist uses a kalam (pen) to apply the dyes to the fabric. The kalam is a bamboo stick with a sharpened end that is wrapped in cotton wool. The cotton wool is soaked in the dye, and the artist squeezes it to release the dye onto the fabric. Kalamkari artists use a variety of natural dyes, including red from alizarin, blue from indigo, and yellow from turmeric. The dyes are often mixed together to create new colors. Once the design has been painted, the fabric is washed again to remove any excess dye. It is then dried and ironed.