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  • n. a type of hand-printed cotton cloth from India

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Color-decoration of certain special kinds in Indian countries; specifically, a chintz of which the pattern is produced by many separate dyeings, the ground being covered in places by repellent preparations, and also by printing from small blocks.


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From Telugu కలంకారి (kalamkāri), from Persian قلم (qalam, "pen") + کاری (kārī, "craftsmanship")


  • A complex "kalamkari" process uses hand carved wooden blocks and natural dyes.

    Les Indiennes

  • Hi frnds I want to kalamkari patch work on a saree, plz .. suggest?

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • Today the three decade-old Dastkar Andhra - weaver interaction has resulted in saris with zari, thread, stripe work or plain, exquisitely woven or natural dyed mangalgiris, khadi with kalamkari prints and wonderfully textured plain materials.

    The Hindu - Home

  • In tussar and khadi, block printed with kalamkari prints, bordered in zari or plain and textured.

    The Hindu - Home

  • You will also find hand woven saris with kalamkari appliqué work, hand embroidered and patch worked sari blouses, along with hand dyed saris with subtle embellishments.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • The craft shop will have an array of Mangalgiri saris, kalamkari and ikat.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Lavanya Mani creates a fictitious trading map of kalamkari and embroidered cushions depicting a fearsome spider inspired by a nursery rhyme she had learnt as a child, hinting at the grooming of a girl for the marriage market.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

  • In salwar sets, they have experimented with kalamkari and block prints and the result is an appealing line in a variety of colour palette.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Personal favourites are the palm-leaf products from Tamil Nadu, showcasing cute little baskets, bags, and drawstring pouches; wooden-handled kalamkari bags in silk and leather, from Karnataka; delicate stoles and dress material in ajrakh print from Gujarat, and jute products from West Bengal.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • In easy English and with pertinent display, it tells you stories behind each of the many textile traditions - from telia rumal and ajrakh prints to kalamkari and bandhej - and, how they've stood the test of time.

    The Hindu - Front Page


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