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Kalamkari Block Print

The term Kalamkari is derived from "kalam" pen, and "kari" work. The original kalamkaris had fine black lines drawn with a stylus. They had exceptional depictions of floral and geometric imagery and were made in South India for the markets of Persia. With the British presence in India a demand was created for printed cottons in both England and Europe and kalamkaris became hugely popular. Ever since the eighteen century kalamkaris have been made with blocks rather than pens. The technique is specialized and deploys both motifs and processes which are not found in any other part of India.

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