An Artisanal History of Kalam?

  title={An Artisanal History of Kalam?},
  author={Rajarshi Sengupta},
  journal={Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice},
  pages={25 - 37}
  • Rajarshi Sengupta
  • Published 2 January 2019
  • History, Art
  • Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
Abstract The dyed, painted, and printed cotton of the Coromandel Coast from South East India are popularly known as Kalamkari, kalam meaning a pen and kari indicating to handwork. The waqai or news reports of the Golconda court from the 1670s mention this term, which is perhaps one of the early archival records of the usage of kalamkari in Deccan. A bamboo pen with a thick grip made of cotton and cotton threads is used for making the painted textiles. While the term “kalam” is generally… 
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