Flavor of the Season - Kalamkari Shirts

Flavor of the Season - Kalamkari Shirts

Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted cotton textile produced in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari, which involves twenty-three steps.

There are two distinctive styles of Kalamkari art in India – Srikalahasti style and the Machilipatnam style. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, where the "kalam" or pen is used for freehand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. This style flourished in temples centered on creating unique religious identities, appearing on scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners as well as depictions of deities and scenes taken from the Hindu epics (e.g. Ramayana, Mahabharata and Purana).

Kalmkari Shirts are made of unique prints which generally don't get repeated once the lot gets over. The are made of 100% natural breathable cotton fabrics, handwoven by weavers in the villages of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India. 

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