The term Kalamkari is derived from kalam, the Persian word for pen and kari, which means work. Kalamkari is the art of painting cotton fabrics with a kalam, a sharp pointed bamboo stick padded with hair or cotton and tied with a string on one end to regulate the flow of color. From giant tapestries to small squares, these cloth paintings are densely packed with characters and storyboard narratives. The themes are traditionally chosen from the Puranas or epics.
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