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Keep Calm And Wear Designer Kalamkari Sarees, Suits And Gowns

Updated on January 9, 2017

What is Kalamkari Art?

Kalamkari is the art of textile painting, usually on cotton and silk fabrics with a pointy bamboo stick. The word comes from the Persian for pen (ghalam) and craftmanship (kari). This colourful art goes back thousands of years to the time of Mohenjodaro, but, it was only in the Mughal era when this artistic way of story-telling on fabric painting became famous.

Kalamkari originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh, first flourishing in the Krishna district and South India in the 16th century, and later among the British, who wore kalamkari clothes in the 18th century. The art form uses colours that are totally safe because they are completely free of chemicals. These organic, natural dyes are typically indigo, rust, mustard, green and black. This vibrant palette illustrated the stories of Indian epics, like Ramayana and the Mahabharata, on cotton textiles in an ornate and elaborate style.

Kalamkari Silk Sarees

Pure silk hand-painted Kalamkari sarees are unique and promise to make you look gorgeous. Ideal for all seasons, these colourful yet graceful designs will make you the centre of attention at any party, festival or special occasion.

Look vibrant and charming on summer nights adorned in a yellow or red kalamkari sarees. You can choose a hand-painted silk saree, or have kalamkari prints all over the saree. This yellow one has kalamkari applique work on the saree pallu. The main attraction of these sarees is the pallu, that is almost always beautified with large floral or bird motifs, like peacock prints.

Kalamkari Cotton-Silk Sarees

These sophisticated cream cotton silk sarees from Simaaya all have an authentic hand-painted kalamkari pallu and border. worn with a matching blouse piece, these sarees are best worn during special occasions and festivals.

Kalamakari On Runways

Lately, more and more kalamakari inspired prints are seen on Indian runways. These traditional prints have become a trendy and chic style choice for the modern woman, who is wearing them on almost every type of Indian attire.

Lakme Fashion Week 2013 runway displayed traditional designs with stunning kalamkari-inspired prints by the talented Agnimitra Paul.

Kalamkari Salwar Suits, Gowns and Tunics

Fashion-wise, the kalamkari print has come a long way and Neeta Lulla brought attention to this fact with her delightful 2013 kalamkari print collection. Her collection included vibrant salwar suits in bold prints, anarkali-inspired long gowns befitting bridal wear, as well as smart short and long tunics.

Without disturbing the ethnicity of the kalmalari craft, Neeta Lulla cleverly added contemporary flavour. She added the Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari paintings of temples in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Look magnificent wearing this ancient art form of mythological exuberance with fashionable kalamkari sarees, dresses and suits.


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