Machilipatnam Kalamkari

Machilipatnam Kalamkari
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Machilipatnam Kalamkari

The Block Printed Machilipatnam 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 the final shape to the satisfaction of an artisan.

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

There is a wide range of Machilipatnam Kalamkari Products including Kalamkari Sarees, Kalamkari Scarfs, Kalamkari Stoles, Kalamkari Bandanas, etc.

a. Made of natural fiber for e.g, cotton or silk or a mixture of both.
b. Dyed / Printed with Natural (vegetable) colors obtained from different parts of Plants.
c. Use of Natural Mordants.
d. Hand-block Printed.

“Machilipatnam Kalamkari” visually identified by the all-over floral twine / Persian designs which are block printed and produced in traditional laborious methods using natural vegetable dyes.

Machilipatnam, also known as Masulipatnam or Bandar, is the administrative headquarters of Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The name Machilipatnam derived owing to the construction of a gate to the town, decorated with the eyes of a fish (machli). Telgas who form the lower middle class inhabited Masulipatnam town in good numbers and they had taken up to this industry. Under the Golconda rulers, the industry received a further filling with a contact of the Persians. Masulipatnam was an important commercial port of the Golconda kingdom. Still later, the commercial interests of the foreigners as the French, British, and the Dutch came to be centered in Masulipatnam. All these gave a boom to the famous Kalamkari industry of Masulipatnam. It is said that the localities of Rustambada, Nizampet, Balaramunipet of Masulipatnam town were occupied entirely by the hundreds of families engaged in Kalamkari. It is claimed that the first automobile in the town was owned by one of the families engaged in the Kalamkari industry.

The Process of Production of Machilipatnam Kalamkari includes three steps.
– Block making
– Preparation of Dye / Print paste
– Kalamkari – Block Printing on fabric

The Kalamkari hand-block printing practiced in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh is unique and has its own distinct style, not found in the other types of Kalamkari work.
1. Hand Block Printing using traditional preparations of raw material, tools, and implements.
2. Traditional methods, which entail the processes such as Bleaching, washing, and boiling, each of which involves meticulous and precise work.
3. Special skills in the visualization of the design.
4. Use of natural fibers and vegetable dyes extracted from barks, flowers, leaves, seeds, fruits, and roots.
5. Perfect harmony and distribution of colors used in the designs.
6. Major Adoption of the colors Black, Red, Blue, Yellow and Green and other colors out of combinations of the same.
7. Intricate and delicate overall Persian twine motifs.
8. Liberal application of stylized flora and fauna motifs with zig-zag outlines and pointed edges leading to thick and thin areas in the design.
9. The traditional process of hand block printing, resist printing and dyeing in few areas.
10. Skillful adoption of mastery of techniques by the craftsmen as a result of churning age-old processes that lend tremendous scope for their individual expression.
11. The peculiar richness in the water of Machilinatnam which is said to account for the
brilliance of colors.

Traditional Motifs Used (Local Names)
Kobbari Aku‘ – Coconut leaf motif, ‘Kedi Teega‘ – Cashew twines motif, ‘Nalugu Puvulu‘- Four Flower motif, ‘Chinna Mamidi Kayaln‘- Small Mango design, ‘Pandu‘-Fruit, ‘Doni Sthambham‘ – Pillar, ‘Potlakaya‘ – Snake Gourd, ‘Padmala Teega‘ – Floral twine, ‘Kodipetta‘ – Cock, ‘Persian Teega‘ – Persian twine, ‘Onte‘ – camel, ‘Enugu‘-Elephant, ‘Nachu Mamidikaya ‘- olive Mango, ‘Ganda Berundam‘ -Eagle, ‘Sarpam‘-Snake, ‘Ambari‘ – Palanquine, ‘Nemali‘-Peacock, ‘Chakram‘-Wheel, ‘Badam puvvu‘- Almond Flower, ‘Udutha‘- Squirrel, ‘Pakshi‘-Bird

Colors of Kalamkari (Local Names)
‘Kasim’ – Black dye
‘Light Kasim’ – Grey dye
‘Kharam’ – Red dye
‘ Haldi’ – Yellow dye
‘Gabbu’ – Dark Brown dye
‘Neelam’ – Blue dye
‘Rattan Jyoth’ – Sky Blue dye
‘Ek Aram’ – Dark Pink dye

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