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Kalamkari

Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Author:

Like Indian arts, Indian crafts are extremely rich in variety and quality. Many Indian crafts have continued to exist since centuries. Interestingly, as we are getting more and more modern in our approach, we have also started to gravitate towards ancient Indian arts and crafts. In fashion sense, it is called as reemergence of retro fashion. Similarly, Indian crafts have started to get its due importance and attention. One of the traditional Indian crafts is Kalamkari. It is related to cotton fabric.

 

The interesting aspect of Kalamkari is usage of dye for patterns instead of loom. Technically speaking, for cotton, ochre color is used because of the fact that cotton takes it comfortably. But when it comes to using other colors, mordant is used initially. It is done with the purpose of treating fabric so that desired hue is absorbed accordingly. The craftsmen use block or brush to apply mordant. A pen like instrument is also used on a pre woven fabric. This pen like object or kalam is used on the clothes and from there the term kalamkari has been coined. Kalamkari was profusely used for the purpose of decorative or functional hangings. These hangings were often used in monumental or domestic structures as covering material or wrapping. One can see these wrappings at most of the heritage places or monuments scattered across the India. Kalamkari artists have gradually become quite popular because of the quality of the work and beauty of the clothes. The artists have also started to spread in other forms of art and crafts. The demand has increased and so has the range of subjects and themes.  

The Art that is called India

Sunday, April 05th, 2009 | Author:

India on a standalone basis holds a tremendous importance in the world of art and culture. The contribution of India towards the growth and evolution of diverse facets of arts is no less than phenomenal. The land signifies a panoramic view of cultures, traditions, values, colors, faiths, religions, expressions, customs, beliefs and what not! Not for nothing the term ‘unity in diversity’ was coined for the country. Infact, despite boasting of such diversity it’s really a miracle to maintain the united bond. The world has always been mesmerized by India’s mystic charm and her fascinating mosaic. The eternal spirit of India has always thrived on richness of our culture. In India, every thing has found a place despite the chasm of differences.

The inherent contradictions further enhance the beauty of the land. The numerous contradictions combine together to form the whole of India. Art has managed to give us that extra zing in form of variety and class. It is symbol of a nation that is thriving and pulsating on its differences. All forms of arts have been existed in this country. Nothing has ever been rejected just because of a preconceived notion. Here, variety is the buzzword upon which we have continued to thrive and feast for the betterment of our aesthetic senses. The wonder that is called India finds no better representative than visual arts.

Indian art is a sum total of various worlds. Talk about forms of art, whether it is tribal, folk, contemporary, classical or modern, each one of them has managed to confluence in our sub-conscious mind. The greatness of Indian art lies in the fact that each era of great Indian civilization can be read through these arts. Past, present or future, one can find all that he desires to know about glorious chapters of Indian art.