• This beautiful cotton dupatta has an intricate and striking handpainted pen kalamkari pattern with traditional motifs in vibrant colors. 
  • Truly a designer creation from the artisans of rural South India.
  • Length: 2.5 mtrs ; Width: 34 in.
  • Care: Dry clean recommended. 
About the craft:
Kalamkari or Qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and in Iran. The word is derived from the Persian words ghalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen (Ghalamkar). There are two distinctive styles of kalamkari art in India - one, the Srikalahasti style which is entirely handworked and the other, the Machilipatnam style of art which uses a combination of block prints and hand painting. 
The Srikalahasti style of kalamkari, wherein the "kalam" or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. This style flowered around temples and their patronage and so had an almost religious identity - scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners and the like, depicted deities and scenes taken from the Hindu epics - RamayanaMahabarataPuranas and the mythological classics. 

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