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Craft of Painted & Printed Fabrics

Craft of Painted & Printed Fabrics

Craft of Painted, Craft of Painted art and craft, Craft of Painted art of Andhra Pradesh, Craft of Painted Arts & CraftsKalamkari is the craft of painted and printed fabrics. It is an art form that was developed both for decoration and religious ornamentation. Intricately done Persian motifs inspired the artisans of Machilipatnam to create printed cotton textiles depicting stories from mythology.

This only one of its kind art form evolved into what is today called 'Kalamkari'. It derives its name from 'kalam' or pen with which the patterns are traced. The pen-painted fabrics of Machilipatnam and Kalahasti, known for their intricate and detailed designs, are used in clothing and wall decorations.

The procedure of Kalamkari is a long drawn one. The cotton cloth used for the painting is washed in flowing water to eliminate starch & then soaked in fruit solution to prevent the spread of color. A jagged sketch is then drawn using a charcoal. The required portions of the paintings are painted with alum solution & dried in sun to get red color. Later, the cloth is kept in sand for 3 days to deepen the colors. The cloth is then dipped in pure milk & dried to paint yellow color. All the paints used for painting are prepared from natural substances.


  • Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium, Gun foundry, Hyderabad & Minerva Complex, S.D. Road, Secunderabad
  • Sheela's Indian Handicrafts Specialists, Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad
  • Cauvery Karnataka State Arts & Crafts Emporium, Seven Hills Plaza, S.D. Road, Secunderabad
  • Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Minerva Complex, S.D. Road, Secunderabad
  • Crafts Museum Calcutta Emporium, Behind Lepakshi, Gunfoundry, Hyderabad
  • Kalanjali Arts & Crafts, Nampally, Hyderabad

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