Machilipatnam Kalamkari

Showcasing ‘Kalamkari’, elegant artistry from the small village of Pedana near the coastal town of Andhra Pradesh, Machilipatnam. The origin of artwork dates back to the 11th century. They are in two forms of Kalamkari Art, The hand block print of Machilipatnam and the pen work of Srikalahasti.

Machilipatnam Kalamkari
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Machilipatnam designs are Iranian in character with intricate and delicate forms. The old traditional block prints were largely used with Persian motifs like trees, creepers, flowers and leaf designs. The dyes used are all of the pure vegetable origins which are said to give strength to the cloth and have medicinal properties that keep the craftsmen healthy so far they are in patronage of the craft. It is also believed that the vegetable dyes become brighter and brighter at each wash, unlike the chemical dyes which adversely affect the texture of the cloth.

The Block Printed Kalamkari products are handcrafted to perfection by skilled artisans who are endowed with critical skills in an intricate design, having decades of experience behind them in their respective fields. In certain cases, these masterpieces can take up several months to take final shape to the satisfaction of a craftsman.

The craft is utilized widely for wall decoratives, upholstery, mats, carpets, table and bed linens, men and women wear and accessories like scarfs, bag, stoles and much more.