The style and technique of these sarees originated in both India and Iran. These sarees dazzle with their hand-made designs and their exquisite depictions of Indian mythology. These sarees are made using an art that is almost 3000 years old. These are the Kalamkari Sarees!
Persia is known to have coined several terms that are prevalent within the ethnic wear industry. Kalamkari is once such work which happens to be a clever mix of two words belonging to the Persian dictionary - qalam and kari which stand for pen and craftsmanship respectively. This literally means drawing with a pen. There are three distinct kinds of Kalamkari art in India -- the Srikalahasti style, the Machilipatnam style, and the Karrupur style.
The Srikalahasti style is entirely hand worked, and uses the kalam or pen for the freehand drawing of the design and then fills it with colours. The Machilipatnam style is simpler and involves the use of block printing. The Karrupur style uses gold brocade work in the woven fabric, and these sarees are mainly used for special occasions.
Kalamkari art, in ancient times, was mainly patronised by the Golconda Sultanate of Hyderabad. Today, Kalamkari art to make Kalamkari Sarees is practised mainly in Andhra Pradesh and has witnessed a recent revival. The Kalamkari artists use special pens that are specially crafted for the purpose of creating Kalamkari art from the bamboo tree.
Post weaving, the fabric is then amalgamated with a set of natural dyes as well as milk and the design is then created with that special pen.
The colour pattern in Kalamkari Sarees is unique, following different themes. Women are depicted using yellow colour, Gods in blue, and Demons in red and green. The backgrounds are generally red with lotus motifs.
The dyes used are natural and are derived from the bark, flowers, and roots of plants, and also from the mineral salts of aluminium, iron, tin, and copper. One popular flower used to extract dyes is the Myrobalan flower. Chemical and synthetic dyes are not used. The making of Kalamkari Sarees involves 23 separate steps.
Kalamkari Silk Sarees, Kalamkari Crepe Sarees, and Kalamkari Cotton Sarees are becoming increasingly popular both in India and overseas, due to their beautiful and unique motifs and their natural yet elegant look. These sarees are now being patronised by not only the rich and royal families but even by regular women.
Fashion designers have also discovered the beauty of Kalamkari art and Kalamkari Sarees and are showcasing them in their collections. These designers are increasingly using new designs and motifs on these Kalamkari Sarees for a fresh and unique look.
Today, with high-tech machine looms and the patronage of leading fashion designers, Kalamkari Sarees are witnessing a huge revival. What’s more, Kalamkari Sarees can be used right through the day, at work and then, in the evening for that special party look. The designs that are applied on to the Kalamkari Sarees are sure to attract a great deal of attention wherever you may go!
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