Kalamkari

Overview

Kalamkari is an ancient Indian art that originated about 3000 years ago. It derives its name from Kalam meaning Pen, and Kari meaning work, literally Pen-work. The Kalamkari artist uses a bamboo or date palm stick pointed at one end with a bundle of fine hair attached to this pointed end to serve as the brush or pen.
These paintings were earlier drawn on cotton fabric only, but now we can see these paintings on silk and other materials as well. The Kalamkari art includes both, printing and painting.

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The Process

The colors used in making these paintings are organic. Most of the colors are prepared using parts of plants – roots, leaves along with mineral salts like iron, tin, copper, alum, which is used as mordants.The process is very slow and vigorous.The kalamkari goes through a process of resist – dyeing and hand printing. There are lots and lots of treatments involved before and after the painting are done. The colors change depending on the treatment of cloth and quality of the mordant. Every step in this process with a fine eye for detail & perfection.

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