Kalamkari Hand-Painted Sarees
Kalamkari is a popular and one of the oldest hand-painted sarees and textile artworks from South India. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari Sarees, an ancient style of hand painting done on cotton or silk fabric with a tamarind pen. It is incredible that a 3000-year-old craft of pen Kalamkari still survives, unaltered and majestic in its very simplicity.
Kalamkari was first used to portray scenes from sacred texts such as the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Bhagavatam. These paintings were often used as decorative backdrops in temples, depicting the stories of deities. Today, these subjects are still common in Kalamkari and other spiritual and ancient symbols.