- Peasant top made in handwoven malkha fabric with kalamkari print with lace inserts.
- Fabric- Malkha Cotton
About this Product
Malkha - Malkha Stands for a decentralised , sustainable , field to fabric cotton textile chain , collectively owned and managed by the primary producers - the farmers , the ginners , the spinners , the dyers and weavers . The idea of Malkha comes from the history of cotton cloth making in the Indian subcontinent , the history of a robust and resilient industry embedded in diverse local cultures and customs a history stretching over millennia a pattern of textile production that was subverted by the industrial revolution model that respects neither nature nor society .
Kalamkari - Kalamkari or Qalamkari is a type of hand painted or block printed cotton textile , produced in parts of India and Iran the word is derived from the Persian words ghalam ( pen ) and Kari ( craftsmanship ) meaning drawing with a pen ( Ghalamkar ) . Vegetable dyes are used to colour the designs applied on the cloth . the art of painting using organic dyes on cloth is very popular in many parts of India . The Artists use a bamboo or date palm stick pointed at one end with a bundle of fine hair attached to this pointed end to serve as the brush or pen .The dyes are obtained by extracting colours from parts of plants -- roots , leaves along with mineral salts of iron , tin copper , alum etc which are used as mordants .
The Machilipatnam Kalamkari craft made at Pedana in Andhra Pradesh evolved with the patronage of the Mughals and the Golcanda sultanate .
After the independence of India the Handicraft development board took up the task to revive the art .
the speciality of the Kalamkari painted fabric is that the finished products are mellow , bright colours are used but the finish is very subtle . The fabric looks better and better with every wash , with designs standing out even better against the background .
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