This film directed by Arun Bose and produced by Bluelilys won price for the best short film at the Craft Film Festival. This movie is an overview of how a kalamkari saree is made in a village named Pedana close to Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

 

Kalamkari is a type of hand painted or block printed cotton textile. The Machilipatnam Kalamkari craft made at Pedana near Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, evolved with the patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda sultanate. There are two distinctive types of kalamkari art in India- one the Srikalahasti style and the other, the Machilipatnam style of art. Artists in Pedana use vegetable dyes and colours which are pure and organic and have absolutely no side effects on users or the environment. Vegetable dyed fabrics and other items are more beautiful, popular and costlier than the regular products available in the market today. The reason why its costlier is because it takes longer time and greater effort to prepare these vegetable dyes. This video focuses on how to make kalamkari fabrics, which starts from dyeing the material, then making the block print and then printing the saree and finally letting the saree dry. Kalamkari sarees is a unique style of saree and one of the most popular design loved by people.

 

This video showcases the creativity of the weavers in making sarees. Hats off to all those people who have put their time and effort into making beautiful kalamkari sarees.

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