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Grappling with urban exodus and GST, Kalamkari hub faces a fast fade-out

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  1. According to a report,kalamkari painting is on a decline due to urban exodus and Goods and Services tax(GST).
  2. The challenges faced by them includes (a)the poor availability of formal credit (b)the lure of taking up screen-printing for a quick buck and the (c)migration of youth to urban areas in search of job.
  3. Further,the imposition of 5% GST on handlooms and Kalamkaris is resulting in losses for the weavers weaning them away from their traditional craft.
  4. Kalamkari is an ancient style of hand painting done on cotton or silk fabric with a tamarind pen, using natural dyes.The word Kalamkari is derived from a Persian word where ‘kalam‘ means pen and ‘kari‘ refers to craftsmanship.
  5. There are two identifiable styles of Kalamkari art – Srikalahasti style (Chittoor district) and Machilipatnam style (Krishna district).Machilipatnam Kalamkari has been accorded geographical indication tag in 2013.
  6. In the Machilipatnam style of Kalamkari,motifs are essentially printed with hand-carved traditional blocks with intricate detailing painted by hands.
  7. On the other hand, Srikalahasti style of painting draws inspiration from the Hindu mythology describing scenes from the epics and folklore. This style holds a strong religious connect because of its origin in the temples

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