Extravagant examples of history coming alive on paper are presented by the Kalamkari form of art, a proud reminder of the medieval age and ancient folklore. The name essentially means ‘pen’ and ‘work’, meaning artwork done by pen. Its first substantial pieces can be dated back to about 3000 years, but it wasn’t before the Mughal era of the rich ensemble of art-lovers, that Kalamkari was appreciated for its true originality.
The colors used for dyeing change progressively, depending on pieces of the cloth and their mordancy. The completed pieces are usually in mellow colors, with rare occurrences of bright colors, yet, remaining very unspectacular. The accurate charm of Kalamkari comes out gradually after repeated washing, after which it becomes a magnificent piece of art with unmatched glory.
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