This module presents nine folk painting genres, Bastar, Chitrakathi, Gond Painting, Kalamkari, Kerala Mural, Madhubani, Pattachitra, Bengali Patua, and Saora, with stories drawn by the folk artists in each of the styles. The artists tell the stories in four to twelve paintings in a sequence. After…
Fig. 1. Women members of the family engaged in the colour-filling activity
Photographs by Neha Thakar
Gujarat has a very rich textile tradition. Kalamkari work, in the form of Mata ni Pachhedi (backdrop of the mother goddess) and Mata no Chandarvo (canopy of the mother goddess…
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We had the opportunity to speak to Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty who is a renowned kalamkari artist based in Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh. He provides insight into the history and current practice of kalamkari in India.
- Srikalahasti, June 2015
Gurappa begins by telling us that he learnt the craft…
A well-used wooden block with a printed textile, Machilipatnam
The term kalamkari literally means ‘work done with a pen.’ The term is now inseparably attached to the painted and block-printed cotton and silk textiles, produced in the Coromandel Coast (parts of Andhra…
In this interview J. Niranjan talks about the history, materials and techniques of kalamkari
J. Niranjan begins by telling us that kalamkari artists traditionally work with themes derived from narratives such as the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhagavatham. In the 15th century, all temple hangings…