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Kalamkari Sarees: A Perfect Blend of Heritage & Elegance

When it comes to kalamkari works, women are crazy about the sarees and designs available. The best part is the fashionable sarees are not too costly. The appreciation of kalamkari sarees often comes after banarasi and kanjeevarams. Kalamkari work is a part of handloom production, and the sarees are mind-boggling. There are various types of kalamkari sarees available in the market and especially ancient art has become the latest trend among women in India. It is a style of traditional block printing or naturally dyed hand-painting textile. Srikalahasti kalamkari and Machilipatnam kalamkari are the two notable styles which are available in India. The dyes used are prepared from vegetables, which is then applied to the fabrics through wooden blocks. The wooden blocks are called kalam (pen) from which the name comes. They are used for filling the colours in the painting and also freehand drawing. There are 17 laborious steps included in the entire process.

Types of kalamkari sarees:

There are different types of kalamkari sarees that are often seen to combined to traditional sarees -

  •    Machilipatnam style
  •    Srikalahasti style
  •    Khadi Silk with Block Prints
  •    Pretty Peacock with Floral
  •    Dhakai Jamdani with Kalamkari Prints
  •    Bright Georgette
  •    Dark Crepe
  •    Multi-color wild Print with Zari
  •    Hand printed Chanderi
  •    Hand Printed Sambalpuri
  •    Kalamkari Printed Cotton (Kerala)
  •    Kosa Silk with Kalamkari
  •    Uppada sarees
  •    Half net-woven cotton
  •    Pondura Khadi with Kalamkari
  •    Venkatagiri Sarees with Kalamkari
  •    Dharmavaram Sarees
  •    Narayanpet Sarees with special Kalamkari Blocks
  •    Pochampally Ikkat sarees
  •    Pure Cotton Khesh
  •    Half-Khesh and Half-Kalamkari
  •    Kalamkari Prints with Assam Silk
  •    Chettinadu Cotton
  •    Kalamkari applique with Muga Silk
  •    Hand-painted chiffon

Beautiful and traditional:

The delicacy of the pattern and styled works comes completely in the manual form without taking the help of any machine. To create a yard of fabric, eight to ten craftsmen are involved in the process.

Traditional motifs: 

The motifs used are traditional, and most of them are cypress trees entangled with a flowering vine. Other types of designs include poppy field and intricate jaals, especially in indigo and white. Actually, the motifs are used in the sarees to express summer in India.

Rich and colour: 

The richness of colour produced from the rapid absorption of natural dyes is what mostly appreciated in respect of kalamkari sarees. The specific art used in the design patterns depict the stories and scenes from Indian Mythology.


The style and design works of kalamkari started decades ago and are one of the ancient artwork in India. Back in the traditional days, the paintings were done with the help of palm sticks and bamboos attached with fine hair that worked as a pen or brush.

The evolution of kalamkari sarees:

In recent days, kalamkari works have evolved a lot, and thus, there are various types of kalamkari sarees available which suit your choice. Previously, the paintings used in kalamkari sarees were only done on cotton fabrics. Thanks to the evolution, recent kalamkari works are also available on silk and other materials.

Organic colour:

The type and process of painting have been diversified, and the colours are also very organic. The colours used in the works come from roots, plants, leaves, and stems. One of the most common signs of kalamkari sarees is depictions. They are fine and are neatly drawn.

Style tips:

If you are looking to increase the style quotient with a kalamkari saree, consider some expert tips before making a statement. The design used on the sarees must match with your accessories and shoes. This creates a specific theme thus, increasing the aesthetic appeal.

Pairing the accessories appropriately:

To reach the tip of fashion sense, your style must not clash or look awkward. Therefore, it is important to pair the accessories properly and establish a beautiful ensemble. One of the best approaches is to wear high-heeled shoes with kalamkari sarees. This compliments the fall and charm of the saree along with increasing the elegance in you.

As the style is a typical south Indian, it is important to visualize the same aesthetics from this part of the country. Proper pairing can easily complement your overall style and fashion sense. Kalamkari sarees are all about an array of designs and pattern works extracted from the age of Indian Mythology.  

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