Kalamkari – life-like depictions on fine handloom salwar kameez

pr5340_1Kalamkari is from ‘Kalam’ (pen) and ‘Kari’ (craftsmanship), words taken from the Persian for the art of hand painting done on fabrics with the use of a pen and extended to include hand block printing. There are two schools of art that developed Kalamkari initially in India and from individual origins.

Srikalahasti style that used the pen for drawing and filling in the colours, and with a strong influence of Hindu culture that specifically focused on religious subjects and scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in its paintings. The Machilipatnam style that came with an Islamic slant, had subjects of paintings mostly depicting flora and fauna, with floral designs as a backdrop on the fabric.

pr5345_1Both styles that have popularised Kalamkari have one thing in common – the depictions are fine and neatly drawn, there is extensive use of organic colours which are fast, there is no dilution in the skill and quality over the years. Today’s Kalamkari has both styles merged into one with different facets within the art.

The essence of Kalamkari

Kalamkari on traditional fabrics like the salwar kamiz and saree showcases the simplicity, elaborate themes, sharp detailing and attractive motifs in a host of bright and pleasing hues. Kalamkari comes off beautifully on a whole lot of fabrics like silk, cotton, sico art silks such as georgette, chiffon, Supernet, crepe silk and others. With vegetable dyes being used, colours are fast and long lasting. Motifs with trees, creepers, flowers, leaves, birds are popular subjects.

pr5347_1Gloss on the fabric comes from the traditional use of some natural substances such as myrobalan, cow’s milk, cow dung, seeds, plants and crushed flowers in the paintings. The etching of lines and applying of colour is done with a finely sharpened short bamboo piece which reflects the devotion and skill of the ethnic craftsmen to bring about such exquisite masterpieces despite the limited resources.

A time-consuming and arduous task, that involves patience and dedication, it is the sharpness of the lines, the fine details and the picturesque outcome that make this ethnic effort worth its while.

Kalamkari shalwar kameez in the printed variety have block prints featuring floral designs and geometrical patterns arranged in designer fashion. pr5361Modern abstract designs have also been included in recent times to resounding applause from the market. Ethnic art is like any other art. It is however the toil and the effort in producing these exceptional works of detail and flawlessness despite the limited resources available, that truly give it its value.

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There are fine pure Mangalagiri handloom cotton shalwar kamiz with multi-colour Kalamkari, where multi-colour borders and fancy designs on the dupatta go well with the central design. You have the floral adorned salwar kameez with attractive hand painted bootis or lovely embroidery all over. Then you have the veg. dyed shalwar kamiz in silk and cotton that have finely marked lines and accentuate the effect of the geometrical patterns.

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Unnati silks, largest ethnic Indian shop online provides for you to purchase shalwar suit online, unstitched or semi-stitched Kalamkari salwar kamiz with matching dupatta. Shopping salwar kameez online at store with the widest range of Indian ethnic handlooms to shop Shalwar Kameez online, you can also buy designer salwar kameez onlinebuy Punjabi suit online and buy salwar suit online of fancy prints from the exclusive range of shalwar suits – unique, stylish salwar kameez, fancy, exclusive, designer collection of Traditional, Wedding salwar kameezparty punjabi suits, trendy fashion, formal, corporate, office, daily casual Punjabi suits, tunics in pure silk salwar kameezpure cotton salwar kameezsico salwars, art silk georgette, chiffon, dupion, tussar silk salwar kameezorganza punjabi dresses, crepe, gicha, jute salwar kameez, designer salwars and other fabric varieties at attractive prices, wholesale and retail.

pr5358You can buy latest salwar kameez online or shop chudidar kameez online at Unnati silks and products will be dispatched within 24 working hours of placing the order. We have free shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) facility for Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Dispur, Itanagar, Kohima, Chandigarh , Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jullundur, Ernakulam and many other Indian cities and towns. We also do Worldwide fast shipping or express shipping to countries like UK, Canada, USA, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Seychelles, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and many more.

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Stunning sensations in the Batik Printed salwar kameez

pr5262Batik is a process using ‘resists’ for making designs on a fabric. The conventional Batik process has a resist or a physical block in some form or the other to prevent desired areas on the fabric from being penetrated by dye. Generally wax is used as a resist in Batik. The block printed areas where resists are in place, come out as un-dyed areas in the dyed fabric and could be coloured differently in repeat wax dye process. This can be repeated several times at the same place or different places with wax-dye process time and again for every subsequent colour change.

Batik can be done with various types of dye & wax on cotton, silk and other natural fabrics. Cotton is easy to work with and generally gives best results. Repeated waxing and dyeing over the same place gets newer overlapping results. The idea in multi-layer colouring is to start with lighter shades of the dye and proceed to deeper ones. Here care is taken that wax resist is neither light nor heavy since lighter would mean possible penetration of dye onto resist area and heavy would mean the wax will not resist properly and could cause patches or dye spreads when removed.

pr5261_b1The rarer but finer Pen Batik saris

The rarer type of Batik is Pen Batik. Fine designs are made on the fabric using ‘Tjanting’ tools. Molten wax at a certain temperature is carefully put on the design lines with Batik dropper pen. A lot of care has to be exercised. Too thin a layer could give way to colour dye through surface cracks. Temperature of the wax is normally kept between 200 and 230 degrees. In the former or conventional method vats or tubs with boiling water are used to melt away the wax. In the latter a small tub with hot water is generally preferred.

After the entire resist dyeing process is over, and the wax has melted away in hot water, a neatly dyed plain or designed fabric is available.

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Unnati Silks has a collection of Pen Batik salwar kameez. Pen Batik comes out very well on handloom cottons. Unnati has a fine range of bright coloured and vibrant hued shalwar kamiz. Prints are mostly floral designs and there are some in which the motifs have flower patterns. Colours range from the medium pastel coloured to the vibrant and eye-catching.

There is striking batik on pure cotton cambric Punjabi suits with exquisite chunni having tribal dancing women in bright and vibrant colours. It is a nice piece for occasions like parties and social visits.

pr5248_1You have the green batik, pure cotton cambric Punjabi suits with chunni having beautiful floral design in multi-colour batik. Painting in tribal art with deep contrasts set off fine colourful patterns that are in between abstract art and line sketches. The colour combinations chosen are vibrant. The detailing is vivid and striking. It is very apt for corporate functions, and social gatherings.

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Unnati silks, largest ethnic Indian shop online provides for you to purchase shalwar suit online, unstitched or semi-stitched Batik printed salwar kamiz with matching dupatta. Shopping salwar kameez online at store with the widest range of Indian ethnic handlooms to shop Shalwar Kameez online, you can also buy designer salwar kameez online, buy Punjabi suit online and buy salwar suit online of fancy prints from the exclusive range of shalwar pr5264suits – unique, stylish, fancy, exclusive, designer collection of Traditional, Wedding, party, trendy fashion, formal, corporate, office, daily casual Punjabi suits, tunics in silkcotton, sico, art silk georgette, chiffon, dupion, tussar, organza, crepe, gicha, jute and other fabric varieties at attractive prices, wholesale and retail.

You can buy latest salwar kameez online or shop chudidar kameez online at Unnati silks and products will be dispatched within 24 working hours of placing the order. We have free shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) facility for Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Dispur, Itanagar, Kohima, Chandigarh , Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jullundur, Ernakulam and many other Indian cities and towns. We also do Worldwide fast shipping or express shipping to countries like UK, Canada, USA, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Seychelles, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and many more.

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