Kalamkari Art, owing its origins to the pre-Christian era in countries such as Cairo, Greece, Central Asia and wide prominence to the Mughal-rule in India, gets its translation from the Persian dialect where Kalam (Ghalam) relates itself to a pen while Kari signifies craftsmanship, thereby conveying the meaning, ‘pen-work’
The earliest of Kalamkari presence can be traced to its use on a canvas, as a means to narrate and popularise the tales of mythological heroes by a group of artisans called Chitrakattis across several areas in course of their travels.
They came up with a bamboo as a base at one end entwined by a woollen rag, whereas a series of fine hair was attached to this pointed end, for the brush-strokes.
The use of milk for the treatment of cloth and the sketching using tamarind twigs as part of their complex 17-step procedure has remained popular too.
Interestingly, Kalamkari paintings grew as a currency form worldwide, when spices such as pepper, cloves, nuts in addition to special woods,oils and jackets were exchanged in several parts of Southeast Asia and Indonesia for wall-hangings and prominent art-works.
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