Sri Kalahasti is located 37Km away from Tirupati in Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Kalahasti is well known for its traditional Kalamkari printing. The word Kalamkari is derived from the word Kalam-bamboo pen and Kari-craftsmanship. Kalamkari is a type of fabric printing traditionally done on the cotton cloth using natural materials without adding any chemicals. The craft was originated during the period of Sri Krishnadevaraya and later it is patronized by Dr. Kamala Devi Chattopadhyaya Kalamkari prints illustrate episodes from puranas like Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Traditional themes are depicted from the episodes of Hindu mythological epics. These fabrics are used as hangings in temples and religious instruction. The motifs include temple scenes, wall panels, village scenes, images of deities like Ganesha, Rama, Krishna, and Arjuna. Some of the motifs include trees, birds, and flowers. The Contemporary products are wall panel, Panchatantra themes, sari, dupatta-stole, stationery, photo frames, hand bags, Spectacle cases, and thoranam.
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