Kalamkari is as mystical as a textile, it has more unseen character than just being a fabric used for clothing or home. Kalamkari is just more than a textiles to an experience that a culture has witnessed over centuries. Know seven reasons why it is must for all of you to know and lean Kalamkari.
Kalamkari is also known as healing fabric, as the colours, motifs, compositions and the narration of magical forms create an aura that heals an individual physically and spiritually, like what Sri Lankan masks are known for keeping aside the bad omen and bring health and prosperity.
The textile is also known for being multi-cultural fabric which itself is one of the most rare forms, where in ancient times groups of singers, musicians and painters, called Chitrakattis, moved village to village to tell the village dwellers, the great stories of Indian Mythology.
From the most fascinating wall of temples, in the 18th century the British liked the decorative element and introduced the technique to clothing, making it “Fabric for Fashion”, since then it has been one of the most inspirational fabrics in the world.
World is fascinated with Jargons’s like Organic, Eco Friendly etc. Kalamkari is done totally in Natural dyes, using various flowers, seeds, cow dung and milk as natural binder. A fabric that gets its glossiness from natural starch and would never harm skin or create allergy, is sustainable and doesn’t harm environment and surrounding. Alum ensures no colour bleeding.
An opportunity to learn two distinctive styles of Kalamkari art in India – one, the Srikalahasti style and the other, the Machhalipatnam style of art. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, wherein the “kalam” or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colours, is entirely hand worked.
The Magical Kalam made of bamboo dipped in to the dye solution, creates calligraphic effect, since the fabric belongs to painted textiles, one can explore self through connecting with tradition.
Last not least, everyone must learn these age old techniques, for its revival, for it to survive and grow, and to know better of Indian History, its culture and textiles that were practiced from generations to generations. It is an individual’s commitment to adopt a craft and bring to the forefront of modern world and mainstream home and life style fashion.