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Srikalahasthi Kalamkari

State Andhra Pradesh
district Chittoor

HISTORY

Srikalahasthi Kalamkari represents a style of Kalamkari work, related to the dyed hand-painting of fabrics. It is produced mainly in Srikalahasthi town of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The name Kalamkari originates from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftsmanship).

Andhra Pradesh is famous all over for this form of art. The major forms are Srikalahasthi from Chittoor district and Machilipatnam Kalamkari of Krishna district.

PROCESS

The whole process of Srikalahasthi Kalamkari involves seventeen steps such as block making followed by cloth treating, printing, and washing, etc. The Srikalahasthi style of Kalamkari is used mostly for narrating the religious myths and also epics on the fabric while the saris of this particular style are renowned for their classy and artistic borders and pallu.

Colors

Kalamkari colors are made mostly from vegetable dyes. The popularity of this exquisite form of painting has earned international repute for the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is promoted widely by Lepakshi, and always enjoys great demand from customers.

Tourist Attractions

Pre-historic sites, Megaliths, ancient cities, forts, and temples placed the Chittoor District at a high place in Indian history. A large number of temples were constructed in the district during Pallava, Chola, and Vijayanagar Periods. Among these the most important are Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala and Sri Govindaraja Temple, and Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, Tirupathi.

Kailasanatha Kona or Kailasa Kona is a waterfall in Narayanavanam Mandal, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh in India. A temple of Lord Shiva and Parvathi is seen nearby. This waterfall has a height of around 40 feet. The specialty of the falls is that there is water all through the year.