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Kalamkari Sari From Machilipatnam

Kalamkari Sari From Machilipatnam

Kalamkari Sari From Machilipatnam

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Kalamkaris are painted resist dyed textiles from the coastal town of Machilipatnam. They have a long history from the 16th century onwards and formed and important export item from India. Popularly called the Chintzes they caused such a furore in the European markets forcing many European government to grant protection to their own textiles.

The resist dyed hand painted textiles have a unique and tedious process of preparation using natural dyes and local products. The cloth is first painted using the Kalam(hence the name Kalamkari) to give the desired pattern. The portions of the cloth are then waxed to allow colors to fix on the areas which are not waxed. In this way rest of the cloth is also colored.

Most kalamkari saris come on an off-white background with floral and creeper patterns all over the sari. The popular colors used are red, blue and black. In this sari there are similar floral and creeper patterns. The border is narrow and has the same motifs as on the body. The pallav has peacocks in prominently blue color. While red color stands out in the body of the sari, it is blue that is prominent on the pallav making the contrast clear.

A very historical sari

This description by Bhanupriya Krutiventi.

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