Kalamkari art of South Eastern India

The Coromandel Coast of India was historically the source of some of the most beautifully coloured and delicately worked cotton fabrics. Here mordants, resists and brushes or pens were traditionally applied and used to produce figurative and floral designs of great fineness. Kalam is a Persian word meaning pen and kari means work. This kalam or pen is a stick of bamboo or date palm, which has a tapered point. This point is slit to about l”, above which there is a round ball of wool that serves as a reservoir for ink. The kalam is dipped in the ink and the wool fabric is pressed while applying the paint on the fabric. Continue reading Kalamkari art of South Eastern India