19th century Kalamkari FragmentTX4629_2-TX4629_3

Kalamkari Fragment

This kalamkari fragment was made in India in the 19th century out of cotton. The word “kalamkari” is a compound Persian-Indian word that means “pen-work,” and refers to the¬†way this style of textile is decorated. Cotton is treated with a mordant, and then artists draw the desired imagery onto the cloth with dye-dipped pens. These pens were made out of bamboo or date-palm sticks, sharpened to a nib to draw the line-work, and rounded to fill in sections of color. The strict definition of this technique only includes hand-drawn color-work, but some block-printed textiles are often referred to under this name as well.

Circa: 19th century

Origin: India

Material: Cotton

Condition: repaired holes, good

Dimensions: 19" x 13"

Inventory number: TX4629



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