Authentic Kalamkari Worth the Work

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Sometimes it isn’t about efficiency. Sometimes it’s about taking the time and trouble to create something truly special. The ancient Kalamkari process is very complex and time-consuming, involving up to 17 steps of hand block printing and dyeing with colors and mordants derived from local plants and minerals. Once prized by sultans and Europeans alike, Kalamkari fabrics suffered from the introduction of machine-printed textiles in the 1700’s.  But the secrets of the technique and the dye recipes were retained by the families in South India for whom this was their traditional livelihood.  Today there is a new appreciation for things that are natural and hand-crafted. Our authentic Kalamkari fabrics have a mellow and enduring beauty that can come only from taking the time to do it the right way.

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