- According to a report,kalamkari painting is on a decline due to urban exodus and Goods and Services tax(GST).
- 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.
- Further,the imposition of 5% GST on handlooms and Kalamkaris is resulting in losses for the weavers weaning them away from their traditional craft.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Machilipatnam style of Kalamkari,motifs are essentially printed with hand-carved traditional blocks with intricate detailing painted by hands.
- 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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