About The Craft
Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari and it involves twenty three steps. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, wherein the "kalam" or pen is used for freehand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. To create design contours, artists use a bamboo or date palm stick pointed at one end with a bundle of fine hair attached to this pointed end to serve as the brush or pen. This pen is soaked in a mixture of fermented jaggery and water; one by one these are applied, then the vegetable dyes.
About The Artist
Jonnalagadda Niranjan is one of India’s most celebrated masters of Kalamkari craft. He is a fourth-generation Kalamkari artist, who learnt the art from just observing his father, Padma Shri Guruappa Chetty. Mr. Niranjan studied classical dancing in order to give the right stances to his figures and he has photographed many temples seeking the unusual and unsuspecting themes from temple carvings. This was a family vocation, so all members from childhood had to be well versed in the scriptures and legends before they were able to create the Kalamkari.
Meet the master at India Craft Week 2019.
- Includes free entry to the event on the day of the workshop
- Includes art & craft material required for the workshop
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