Traditional Kalamkari (Natural Dyes)

19 Jun 2021

Art & Painting


Sat, 19 Jun 2021-11:30 AM To Sun, 20 Jun 2021-05:00 PM

One of the most ancient arts in INDIA originated about 3000 years ago is KALAMKARI.
The word kalamkari is derived from the words kalam and Kari. Kalam means pen with which the drawings are drawn, and Kari means craftsmanship.

The kalamkari artists make use of special pens which are particularly crafted for this purpose from the bamboo tree.
Paintings created with the help of a free-flowing pen, Srikalahasti Kalamkari is a distinctive art in India. This art is a twelve-step process done on cotton or silk fabric using natural dyes. From the first representation of Kalamkari art as religious painting, depicting Indian gods and goddesses to the process of gaining recognition till today, this art has come a long way.


*Pre-Registration is Mandatory.
Registration opens only for Mumbai.
The workshop will be conducted in Hindi.

What Do You Learn

Day 1
Session 1
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Topics to be covered:
Basics of the Artform on paper.
Learn how to use the Kalam
Practise the basic forms on fabric using kalam.
Introduction to the natural dyes.
Tracing of final Artwork on the treated (mordanted) fabric.
Making of Red Colour.

Day 1
Session 2
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Topics to be covered:
Inking of the final piece using Kalam with Black Ink
Application of Color Red.
Theory – Making of Black Ink, Indigo, and Yellow.
Demonstration of boiling and washing treatment for red (to be done for homework).

Day 2
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Topics to be covered:
Milk Treatment of the fabric for Blue and Yellow.
Drawing Practise of Mudras.
Demonstration of how to make a Kalam
Applying Color Blue and Yellow.
Demonstration of Pre Treatment of Fabric.
Demonstration of washing of fabric for all colours.

Material Kit Includes:
: 1 Small( for sample)
1 Big (Final piece)
Kalam: 1 Drawing
1 Painting
Harda seed powder(sample)
Colours :
-Indigo (blue colour)
-Harda flower (yellow colour)
-Alizarin (red colour)
Kasim Kaaram (black ink )
Black pen

Material List to be Prepared:
-Flat table
-One old cotton bedsheet ( No embroidery, no weaving)
-Full fat buffalo milk ( half liter)
-Tub (Maximum 4 liter capacity)
-Tumblers-4 (For colour preparation)
-2 small vessels

Please Note:
1.You will need a flat surface or table to work on.
2.Make sure you are working in a well-ventilated room.
3.The kit might have a slight odor to it because of the natural colours which are perfectly normal.

Date: 19th & 20th  2021 June on Zoom
It might exceed 15 mins since we will be teaching the details.
Fees: ₹5100/- (inclusive of material kit)

Please Note:-
• Tickets once sold cannot be refunded.
• Material kits will be delivered to you, once you register for the course.
• Bookings are open only for India.

• The zoom link will be sent to the registered number about 30 mins before the workshop schedule time on WhatsApp. If any participant doesn’t receive the link, they can send a WhatsApp message on +91-7506122332 along with their order id and we will share the link immediately.

• Sometimes there are network issues in the Zoom App or at the conductor’s residence. We request you to please be patient during such times. We shall try our best to give you the best experience and fix it asap.

•The picture shown in the post is just for your understanding, it need not be what is going to be taught in the class. We try and plan a subject which can give you the maximum insight into The Art form.

• The artwork may or may not finish during the session. We shall start and finish as much as possible and send you a complete image of what is taught during the session.

• We are more than happy to teach. Please note if time permits, we will answer all your queries during the class or try to email them to you.

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