"Kalamkari" is a Persian term used to define craftsmanship using a pen. How come then certain sarees from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana use this term to describe them???
Well, the answer is simple. This ancient Persian art of hand drawing has been incorporated into the textile industry of these regions by drawing and printing onto fabric as well.
Shubhsarini Collections procures Handloom Kalamkari Sarees from Pedana district of Andhra Pradesh. Pedana Kalamkari is mostly hand block printing of fabrics using natural vegetable dyes. Pedana Kalamkari was influenced by the early Golconda Muslim rule and generally depicts Persian motifs and designs. The main features are done using hand carved blocks while the finer details are later drawn by pen. The production of this craftsmanship has also got the GI tag of "Machilipatnam Kalamkari".
We bring to you the Kalamkari craft screen-printed on handloom cotton sarees, known as Kalamkari cotton sarees. These sarees have different types of Kalamkari work done. For eg, some of the Kalamkari work sarees have all over print of peacocks, musical instruments,faces etc., while some of them have a plain body with huge Kalamkari border designs. Our Kalamkari cotton sarees are worth a catch in online shopping due to the exquisite designs and soft 2/60 count cotton fabric. We also offer Kalamkari patch work sarees in our collection of Kerala Kasavu Sarees.
We are yet to introduce Handloom Kalamkari Sarees that are "Pen" painted. This particular style of Kalamkari flourished at Kalahasti, a place 80 miles to the north of Chennai. This style developed in the temple region and hence the paintings depicted Gods and Goddesses from Hindu mythology.
Kalamkari continues to be produced in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Shubhsarini Collections likes to popularise this ancient art through Sarees and Fabrics.
Shubhsarini Collections presents Kalamkari Sarees in both Cotton and Cotton-Silk.