The age old traditional handicraft of India has witnessed a global boom in the recent past years. All of a sudden everyone is talking about and sporting traditional prints on their apparel and home decor. One such exquisite craft is kalamkari which is now so much in vogue and sought after. Derived from the words 'kalam' meaning pen and 'kari' meaning craftsmanship; Kalamkari is a distinctive style of of hand painted motifs. A pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and then the patterns are filled with desired colors. Only natural dyes are used in kalamkari and thus it enjoys great patronage and fan following. Dyes for the cloth are obtained by extracting colors from various roots, leaves and mineral salts.
Kalamkari specifically depicts epics such as 'Ramayana' or 'Mahabharata'. However, there are recent applications of the kalamkari techniques to depict Buddha and Buddhist art forms. The process is quite slow and vigorous. since it involves a process of resist dyeing and hand painting, there are a lot of treatments involved before and after the painting is done. Every step in the process is painstakingly done and with perfection. It reflects in the final outcome which is so exquisite, so truly marvelous that one is left in awestruck by its sheer magnificence.
The specialty of kalamkari art is that the finished pattern is mellow even through bright colors are used substantially. It doesn't look gaudy but more aesthetic and graceful. Hence the use of this art on sarees enlivens its status to another level.
At Sujatra, we love our ancient art that so truly depicts Indian craftsmanship at its best. The kalamkari sarees we have, baosts of creative sophistication a rhythmical style. Hand painted kalamkari border work, pallu work or simply patches in them adds an exquisite flavour and richness to the whole look. They not only signify one's love to revive the dwindling art form but also speaks profusely of one's affluent taste. Get these sarees home as they are an evergreen saga of simplicity with immaculation. if you love everything par excellence you can never say no to these lovely beauties. So the next time you are looking for the creme de la creme of ethnic segment, think of us, think of Sujatra