The word kalamkari is derived from the word ‘kalam’ means ‘pen’ and ‘kari’ means ‘craftmanship’ in Persian.
The most intricate form is where the artist hand paints the fabric with various mythological characters and themes based on beautiful flowers, birds inspired by nature. Kalahasti in Andhra houses this form of art.
The other form of Kalamkari is the hand block printing done on pieces of cotton fabrics and is popular in Machilipatnam and few other smaller regions of Andhra Pradesh.
An original Kalamkari uses natural dyes derived from organic colours in soothing colours