Kalamkari Silk Linen Scarf (Floral Stripes) from Andhra Pradesh, India
Handpainted Kalamkari from Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh using natural dyes on handwoven silk linen scarf handwoven in West Bengal
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Floral Striped Kalamkari Silk Linen Scarf from Andhra Pradesh, India
- This textile piece is made out of natural dyes
- Hand wash separately in cold water with mild detergent
- Do not bleach or scrub the fabric
- Reverse dry in shade
Kalamkari refers to an ancient method of hand painting on cotton or silk with a bamboo pen, using natural dyes. The word Kalamkari is derived from a Persian word, referring to ‘kalam’ as pen and ‘kari’ as craftsmanship.
The process of making Kalamkari involves more than twenty distinct steps, from the natural process of bleaching the fabric, softening, scouring, sun drying, preparing natural dyes, hand painting, to the processes of air drying and washing. The entire procedure requires precision and a great eye for detail.
Kalamkari art primarily uses natural dyes; myrobalam, indigo, rustic iron for black, madder roots for red that are extracted from natural sources. Whilst this art of painting is done in several parts of India, it is today most prominent in Srikalahasti, a town in the state of Andhra Pradesh, serving as a prime source of livelihood for many artisans over the generations.
Weight 120 g Dimensions 194 x 80 cm
Kalamkari Master Artisan
My great grandfather, grandfather and father were all teachers by profession in order to support the family, but I chose to live by this craft, having given up my job with the design centre in Bangalore. Today, we work with many artisans within Srikalahasti to produce high quality kalamkari work, using natural dyes in our work to help preserve this craft in a sustainable way.
Place of Origin: Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, India