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Inscribing the Lore of Indian Mythology with Kalamkari - Fabriclore

Inscribing the Lore of Indian Mythology with Kalamkari

There is something about the age-old Indian handloom art that till date dominates the realm of fashion designs and inspirations. No matter how much we feel driven by the West, the roots of these classic Indian art forms have established firm grounds amongst the designer community. 

Designers are unceasingly trying their hands at restoring ancient crafts in the form of contemporary styles. One of the most celebrated Indian handloom arts is Kalamkari; a painstaking art of perfection, Kalamkari has its own kind of exclusivity and serenity to it.

Treasured by the Mughals and the Golconda Nizams, the fabric is exclusively crafted with a kalam, typically meaning a pen (made from bamboo or date palm sticks). 

The designs are either digitally printed or skillfully hand-painted in organic colors, mainly extracted from tree bark, flowers, plant roots, etc. 

The craft has a huge array of motifs ranging from sun chariots and lotus flowers to figures of women, Gods, demons, and even - tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Kalamkari Couture

Creating An Aura of Tranquil Ethnicity With Blue Kalamkari

Creating An Aura of Tranquil Ethnicity With Blue Kalamkari

Experimenting with cuts and flairs is one of the essentials of a good designer. These beautiful floral motifs extending over to the edges will take you back to the Hamlet days when the artisans intricately crafted each and every design with a hand-made Kalam. 

Whether it is the bandh gala high-low, slit blouse teamed up with floral pants, appended with a cotton cape, or the bandh gala dhoti sherwani, these Kalamkari-concept attires, done in calm and soothing tones of blue, are going to add a streak of panache to your ethnic ensemble.

Reveling in the Color of Love With Kalamkari Designs

Reveling in the Color of Love With Kalamkari Designs

If you are tired of the mainstream glitzy attire and are looking for something rare and classy, then these Kalamkari outfits are the ultimate pick for you this wedding season. 

Portraying passion and romance in fine details, the coordinated shades of madder, richly decorated with sun chariots, elephants, and floral motifs, will add a surreal glimmer to your hope chest.

Quirky Kalamkari Waistcoat Soaked in Mango Back Extractions

Quirky Kalamkari Waistcoat Soaked in Mango Back Extractions

Gearing up men’s stitching needs; this quirky waistcoat is a definite style statement this season.

Perfect for a daytime Mehndi or Sangeet, this side-button waistcoat, outlined with fine floral detailing at the collar and the bottom, teamed up with a khadi kurta pajama will keep you looking classy yet comfy.

Draped in the Saga of Richness And Class

Draped in the Saga of Richness And Class

Kalamkari silk and cotton sarees for centuries have been the quintessence of elegance in the Indian fashion industry. The significance of the saree in a woman’s life cannot be looked right through. 

The Kalamkari saree with motifs is highly dictated by women figures and deities. These age-old traces of traditional organic colors can still be found in present-day designs. 

Whether it is the myrobalan fruit for black, pomegranate seed and mango bark for yellow, or the Indian madder root for red, these kalamkari designs are attuned to all kinds of occasions and seasons round the year.

Glamming Up Your Folkloric Day-And-Night Look with Kalamkari

Glamming Up Your Folkloric Day-And-Night Look with Kalamkari

Over the past two-three years, crop tops and skirts have magnetized the Indian fashion realm and have swiftly taken over the traditional ethnic outfits. 

This Kalamkari printed flowy skirt and crop top is the case in point, perfect for a bright sunny occasion. With the trend of day-wedding functions sneaking in, outfits like these should be hooked into your closet.

Snazzing Up Your Ethnic Ensemble With Indo-western Kalamkari

Snazzing Up Your Ethnic Ensemble With Indo-western Kalamkari

These seamless artworks of Indian fashion fabricated on western outfits demonstrate a unified modern-day lifestyle. From high-low flairs to concept dresses, the scope of experimentation has factually no end. 

If you like them loud and quirky, then go for the neon high-low flairs paired up with a chic Kalamkari jacket. Whereas if gold is your color, then this concept dress with beautiful Kalamkari motifs painted on crimson red can be the pick of the bunch.           

Learning How to Wing it With Kalamkari

Learning How to Wing it With Kalamkari

Get your hands on this Kalamkari blazer and brace it up with white twill chinos and a pair of a tan brown penny or snaffle loafers.

Swing into a sunshine date with this perfect princess dress. Ditch your ordinary outfits and try your hands on improvising Kalamkari designs on cotton-silk fabric! Or, Jute! Or, Chanderi!

Unwind this summer season with these comfy Kalamkari palazzos, easily doable on Rayon and Mashru Silk.

Home Furnishings

Give Your Room A Mythological Makeover With Kalamkari Art

The more we explore the more we’re lured! If you have a thing for home décor, then try revamping your room with these enchanting Kalamkari designs: bed sheets and cushion covers. 

Give Your Room A Mythological Makeover With Kalamkari Art

Ethereal scenes from Indian epics imprinted on fabrics will make you drift in the lore of Hindu mythology. The vibrant color palette and Mughal-inspired motifs will bloom your place up!


3 comments


  • kalamkari

    Nice blog and useful information about Kalamkari sarees . Thank you for sharing this information.


  • Kalai Arasi

    I want kalam kari sarees


  • Vahini Burra

    I loved the design of INDIAN MYTHOLOGY WITH KALAMKARI. This looks very awesome! Beautiful designs and a great article.


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