Definition of kalamkari in English:


Line breaks: kal¦am|kari
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləmˌkɑːri


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A type of cotton cloth printed by hand, originally made in southern India.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


from Hindi kalamkārī, literally 'painting'.

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