Kalahasti Kalamkari Hand-Painted Pochampally Ikat Red and Black Cotton Dupatta
Colour- Red and Black
Product- Kalahasti Kalamkari Pen Painting Dupatta Cotton
Pattern- Missing thread
length- 8ftX3ft/2.44metersX80 cms
Care- Dry wash for the first time.
mild detergent wash, dry it in shade
The word Kalamkari is derived from the persian term Qualamkari. Qualam/Kalam means Pen and Kari means Craftmanship. There are two Kalamkari styles one is Kalmkari Block prints practiced in Pedana near Machilipatnam, Andhra pradesh and Kalamkari Pen painting practiced in Srikalahasti near Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Kalamkari Art dates back to 3000BC and the Mughal era was considered to be Golden age fo KAlamkari Art. The British further popularised this form and the small village of Pedana near Machilipatnam became the centre for Kalamkari Blockprints. Kalahasti became the seat of intricately hand painted pen art. Pen Kalamkari, as it popularly called involves free hand painting. Strenuous process of Kalamkari Block print involves 23 stages. the dyes are natural and organic. This art uses natual hues like Black, Indigo, Orange, green, Maroon and Brown. The pen for Painting and blocks used for block printing are also carved by hand. Procedure followed from beginning to end is all by hand.
40 kms away from Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana lies Bhoodan Pochampally. The simple and small village is known for its Ravishingly beautiful ikkat fabrics. Pochampally, mothukur, Koyyalagudem, Siripur, Boduppal and Puttapaka and near by villages of Nalgonda district have been into weaving of Ikkat fabrics since ages. However the fabrics woven in all these places are collectively known as pochampally fabrics. Pochampally fabrics have found place in UNESCO list of world heritage sites as part of iconic saree weaving clusters of India. Pochampally saree received Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2005.
The pochampally designs are woven into intricate geometric designs. The fabrics are cotton, silk and silk- cottons. What makes Pochampally fabrics unique is the fact that the yarn is tied and dyed before weaving. Giving the fabric geometrical patters and designs after the yarn is tied and dyed is extremely labour intensive. The colour contrast and the combinations are catchy and very vibrant.
The Kalmakari Hand painting on beautiful Ikats just look priceless. The colours being natural colours do not fade and become more beautiful as they age.