Kalamkari is an ancient style of hand painting or block printing textiles that originated in India and Iran. Every color is block printed by hand, using natural, vegetable dyes. This skill requires several unique blocks (one per pattern) and skilled precision with both mixing the dyes and placing the blocks.
Artisanal Handcraft Collections: Kalamkari Textiles
The art of kalamkari, which translates from Telugu to "pen craftsmanship," started in the Middle Ages and grew to the incredible and detailed art it is today. Though it's crafted mainly in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, our partners in Mumbai have mastered this beautiful block print art form on cotton textiles for you and your home. Handmade using up to twenty-three individual steps and all-natural dyes on 100% cotton, kalamkari fabric is truly unique and a must-have for any art lover. Shop our collection of fair trade kalamkari textiles and accessories today.
A great way to share your love for traditional art forms is to wear them everywhere you go! Find the perfect accessory for any outfit when you shop our collection of unique kalamkari scarves from India. Each handmade scarf features traditional designs and colors, all block printed using hand-carved wooden blocks and eco-friendly vegetable and mineral dyes. Choose a long scarf for a festive outfit, or a kalamkari bandana for a quick and easy way to add flair to your everyday attire.
Our ethical kalamkari bedding sets are a great way to celebrate culture and craft in your home. Each unique kalamkari quilt and pillow sham features traditional patterns and colors block printed on 100% cotton fabric, making each kalamkari bedding ensemble cozy and one-of-a-kind, perfect for any season (but especially beautiful in fall!). SERRV also carries kalamkari pillows and throws for anywhere in your home. Accent a leather sofa with a pair of throw pillows, or keep a kalamkari fabric throw handy for chilly evenings. However you decorate with kalamkari, you're supporting artisans in India with fair and vital wages.
Set the table with handmade kalamkari textiles for your kitchen. Our handmade tablecloths, runners, napkins, and placemats featuring block printed kalamkari designs dress up any table while helping artisans in India keep this traditional art technique alive. Shop fair trade kalamkari kitchen textiles today.