There was a time before 1950 when this art of kalamkari work almost died due to ignorance. But soon, because of the acceptability and demand of kalamkari worldwide, there has been a revival of the art form, thanks to the efforts of the government and the crafts men behind these paintings.
Description of Kalamkari Work
'Kalam' means pen and 'kari' means work in Hindi and the fusion of these two is the Kalamkari, one of the most popular traditional art forms. In kalamkari work, the artist makes the use of pens which are specially crafted from bamboo for the purpose. After the textile is woven, it is dipped in a mix of milk and natural dyes after which the kalamkari design is made with pen. These kalamkari paintings make elaborate and intricate designs with colorful and vibrant vegetable colors. Kalamkari work is seen on different products like saris, drapes, hand towels, wall paintings, prayer rugs, wrappers, bed covers, door covers and dress materials.
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