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KALAMKARI - THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Kalamkari is a style of natural dyed hand-painting or block-printing of textile. Machilipatnam kalamkari and Srikalahasti Kalamkari are the two styles of kalamkari work in India and crafts using these style are produced in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Vegetable dyes are prepared and applied onto the fabric with the help of wooden blocks or "kalam" (pen) is used for freehand drawings and filling in the colors.The process involves 17 laborious steps to highlight the beauty of delicate patterns. Approximately 8 to 10 craftsmen are involved in creating one yard of this fabric. Characteristic features of the kalamkari pattern include the richness of the colors produced by rapid absorption of natural dyes. Kalamkari Art is usually used to depict stories and scenes from...

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Ikat Sarees

As per earlier sources of information, Ikat dates back to the 12th century when the artisans from the Patan region of modern-day Gujarat migrated to Orissa. The Ikat technique has its origins in different parts of the world such as South America, West Africa, etc. This technique is one of the most ancient techniques of dyeing fabrics. The term ‘Ikat’ is a derivation from the Malay word ‘mengikat’ which means to tie or to bind. Ikat is an elaborate dying process which is done with silk or cotton fabrics. Ultimately, the end result is a piece of cloth bathed and glittered in colorful patterns. Orissa Ikat is basically associated with saris. The making of Ikat patterns is a tad bit...

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Bandhini Sarees

Bandhani or Bandhej sarees are a gift to the world of fashion from the vivacious land of Rajasthan. These are some styles that never go out of style. The age old craft of Bandhani print have survived the passage of time to retain their charm as always. Bandhani print are associated with the tie and dye technique of fabric wherein the fabric to be dyed is tied very tightly at different points in knots. They are then dyed with bright colours and allowed to dry. The knot patches remain uncoloured and thus form a pattern. Somehow when one thinks of Rajasthan sarees, the moments of joy, celebration festivals and weddings flash in an instant. Such is the magical charm of...

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