Kalamkari peacock motif
with Mangalgiri kalidaar
My first trip to Sri Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh was in the first year of Mora, i.e. 2009. Completely naive to textiles, I was fascinated by the elaborate process that goes into making natural Kalamkari textiles.
The painting in Kalamkari is a process of resist dyeing by creating a relationship between the mordant, dyeing agent and tannins to bring out variation of colours. Beautiful motifs range from floral, animal and bird patterns to elaborate story telling of mythology from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita.
They are brought out by using natural mordanting and dyeing resources like cow dung, jaggery, buffalo milk, alum, myrobalan, mango bark, madder, lime, indigo plant, wood of tamarind tree and many others.Days of soaking, fermentation, boiling creates a relationship between the cloth and the dyes.
Kalamkari artisan works with experienced hands in the most fascinating science workshop lending colours to cloth, layer by layer.