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Kalamkari Painting – Popular Handicraft Made using Pen

India is a country with a rich art culture and many locals are involved in the profession of producing various handicrafts.  They create beautiful artworks from the most basic elements. That is why these are famous among people across the world. One can see glimpses of these items in the daily lives of the people of this country. Painting is one of the most important parts of marble handicraft, which have been used in wall decoration since ancient time.

Its various forms can be found in different parts of this country and Kalamkari painting is one among these, which flourished in Andhra Pradesh..Indian handicrafts

Kalamkari is a combination of two words, Kalam and Kari. This term means work done using a pen. As its name implies, a picture is designed on a piece of cloth using a pen filled with a particular color. This pen was made of bamboo reed and vegetable dyes were used for colors. According to an Indian handicraft manufacturer, it flourished during the rule of Golconda Sultan. At that time, a large group of painters, singers and musicians were used to traveling to different villages to tell stories about Hindu mythological characters. They used paintings to illustrate these stories. That is how Kalamkari was born.

There are two styles of Kalamkari, allowing it to preserve a significant place among Indian handicrafts. The first one is the Srikalahasti style in which a pen or Kalam is used for freehand drawing and color is filled. This style mainly focuses on the temples and Hindu mythology characters from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata Geeta, and Purana. The second style is Machilipatnam in which outlines and main details are carved in the block and later, fine details are done using a pen.

Well, this is a short description of Kalamkari Painting. Even today, many handicrafts exporters in Andhra Pradesh can be seen manufacturing and selling it.

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