Definition of kalamkari in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of cotton cloth printed by hand, originally made in southern India.

    • ‘A technique that has been practiced for hundreds of years, kalamkari is a process of creating designs on fabric by hand, either by painting or using carved wood blocks dipped in natural dyes derived from plants, roots, earth, and rock.’
    • ‘A kalamkari artist of Andhra Pradesh demonstrated his skills while terracotta artisans from Dindigul showcased their ware.’
    • ‘Among the fancy saris are valkalam, crepe, paithani and kalamkari.’
    • ‘In an attempt to give the sarees a fresh and contemporary appeal, weavers have tried out a host of variations with Madhubani, ikat, kalamkari and Shanthineketan motifs.’
    • ‘Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh was famous for kalamkari, and Machilipatnam was renowned for fine textiles block printed with vegetable dyes.’


From Hindi kalamkārī, literally painting.