Krishna & Leela Inspired Kalamkari Painting | Colour: Multicolour | 36×48 inchesIn Stock
This is a GI tagged handcrafted product that uses natural dyes. Originating from the districts of Chittoor and Krishna of Andhra Pradesh, this GI tag emphasises the origin of this product as an intellectual property of Andhra Pradesh.
|Product Origin||Sri kalahasti|
- Kalamakari was born out of an art of story-telling. It is a highly popular art form in which hand and block printing are used for making narrative scrolls and panels.
- A craft dating back to 3000 years, Kalamkari gained a lot of recognition during the Mughal era.
- Kalamkari art primarily displays earthy tones such beige, indigo, green, rust, black and mustard.
Derived from the Persian words ‘qalam’ (pen) and ‘kari’ (craftmanship), Kalamkari refers to the ancient style of hand painting that is done with a tamarind pen, using natural dyes. Native to the towns of Srikalahasthi (Chittoor District) and Machilipatnam (Krishna District), Kalamkari paintings are known for their rich and elaborate craftsmanship.
Machilipatnam Kalamkari style displays designs that are typically printed with hand carved blocks with intricate details, printed by hand. Srikalahasti style, on the other hand, includes Kalamkari designs inspired from Hindu mythology, that describe the scenes from the great epics. Displaying floral motifs and animal forms, these paintings can be seen in many temples as wall decorations. The popularity of this exquisite form of painting has earned international recognition and is a symbol of heritage for the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The whole process of creating Srikalahasthi Kalamkari involves twenty three steps that include block making followed by cloth treating, printing, washing, etc. Only natural dyes are used to create such intricate and beautiful paintings, and the principles of Chitra Sutra are normally followed while choosing the colours for the different characters. The production has diversified and Kalamkari work can be seen on utility-oriented articles such as cushion covers, sarees, shoulder bags. Through all this, the artisans make sure to protect the essential characteristics of the craft.