Kalamkari Print Textiles: Authentic Pen Craftsmanship
Kalamkari print textiles have been part of India since the Middle Ages. Today, these unique handcrafted fabrics are found throughout India and are highly sought after in many parts of the world, including England and America. World Market searches the globe for fascinating fabrics with beautiful patterns, and we love Kalamkari prints for their delicate design work and vivacious use of color.
The word Kalamkari is a combination of the Persian words for pen (kalam) and kari (craftsmanship). The word is both an accurate representation of the process and a great underestimation of Kalamkari's fine quality and varied styles. Kalamkari originally began as a way of telling mythological stories through scrolls and murals and their importance to temples in India remains in the modern era. Fortunately, you won't have to book a ticket to India to find Kalamkari clothing, tapestries or rugs!
The Kalamkari tradition is an organic one�cloths are decorated with pens for truly hand printed designs. The fabric is then patterned with vegetable dyes favoring bark, roots and flowers rather than chemicals for their coloring. Multiple dyes are applied one after the other to a single fabric and it may take as long as a month to complete just one Kalamkari. If you enjoy collecting hand or block printed textiles to enliven your home d�cor, the painstaking artisan process of Kalamkari produces exclusive accents that define any space with their natural grace and singular beauty.