英語で読むデザイン③インドの手書きファッションアート『Glorious Kalamkari 』
Glorious Kalamkari is a hot fashion favourite worldwide. Be it bags, scarves, kimonos or accessories, designers are experimenting with this ancient art to bring a unique element of design on the ramp.
An ancient Indian art form, Kalamkari originated 3000 years ago. The kalamkari artist uses a bamboo pen to create magic on fabric. In order to give it life, the design is further painted with organic colours. Date palm pens with fine hair attached are used for colouring. The colours are made of flowers, leaves and roots. Mordants such as iron, tin, copper and alum are used to preserve the paintings.
Kalamkari was born out of the art of storytelling. Motifs such as peacocks, flowers, divine characters, paisleys, birds etc look gorgeous on fabric as the artist brings them to life through his/her creativity. The process of making Kalamkari involves 23 steps. The entire procedure is very detailed and requires absolute attention to detail. The fabric is first bleached and treated with cow dung. To avoid smudging of dyes it is dipped in buffalo milk and myloblans. Ready to paint, the artist slowly creates motifs by drawing or through blocks, colours them and leaves the fabric to dry. Sarees, curtains, scarves, dresses are all created out of this fabric. Beautifully portrayed in today’s fashion scene, Kalamkari is one art form that is here to stay!