Kalamkari Painting – The organic fabric magic continues!
Is your mother looking for a Kalamkari sari this Diwali? Coming from the lands down south – this artistic creation has its name from the manner of its painting style. Created by bamboo sticks which are dipped in vegetable dyes, this category of painting can be divided into two specific categories – Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam.
Depicting several unique floral designs as well as tales from epics as Ramayana and Mahabharata – this is currently used in many ethnic wear and specifically on saris. In old times, it was specifically developed near temples which gave it the unique mythological theme.
There’s more than what meets the eye!
Did you know that this painting has its special effect in the form of Persian influence? While the Machilipatnam style specifically focussed on block print, the Srikalahasti format is comparatively free flowing! This form of painting reached its peak during the Maratha rule.
With J.Gurappa Chetty being honoured with the Padma Shri in this field, specific mention has to be made of Ritu Kumar, who is associated with introducing this art on the international runways!
Love this art form? Get a kalamkari wall hanging to bring that spark in your home.