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Kalamkari Artists

DWARAKA

Kalamkari is the popular name for mordant-painted and dyed fabrics created by drawing motifs and patterns onto silk and cotton fabric using natural dyes and a bamboo pen (kalam). This technique of painting natural dyes onto fabric has been used in India for centuries and was particularly popular along the southeastern Coromandel Coast. The British used to call this fabric chintz, from the Sanskrit word chitta, meaning spotted or colored cloth.
 
Today, the temple town of Kalahasti in Andhra Pradesh, India, is most well known for producing hand-painted kalamkari. There are several individual artists and family workshops throughout Kalahasti that specialize in creating kalamkari wall hangings, garments, and accessories using local natural materials.    
 
DWARAKA (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans for Knowledge and Action) is a social enterprise created in 1999 by activist and philanthropist Anita Reddy with the goal of supporting artists and impoverished communities in the southern Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. DWARAKA devotes much of its efforts to supporting kalamkari artists in the small villages surrounding the temple town of Kalahasti by creating new markets for kalamkari products. Youth education, women’s empowerment programs, and healthcare workshops are just a few of the many initiatives that DWARAKA pursues as part of their holistic approach to supporting kalamkari artists. 

TREE OF LIFE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Kalamkari Artist

Thilak Reddy is a talented young artist originally from Kalamkari, Andhra Pradesh, a town along the Coromandel Coast of India that …

Master Ajrakh Artist

Dye block printing is a beautiful process that has been around for many years. Sufyian Khatri, world class artisan and textile maker …

Shamlu Dudeja & Malika Varma

She Kantha

When Shamlu Dudeja founded SHE (Self-Help Enterprise), she did so with the goals of reviving the centuries …

Rupa Trivedi

Adiv Pure Nature

Adiv Pure Nature is a Mumbai-based social venture that creates luxurious garments and accessories that fuse art, nature, tradition and innovation …

Rajan Vankar

Traditional Kutch Weaving

A 4th generation master weaver from the Sarli village located in the rural Kutch region of India, Rajan Vankar creates beautiful textiles. Vankar began weaving at the early age of nine…

Kirit Chitara

Kalamkari Artist

The tradition of kalamkari painting stretches back eight generations in Kirit Chitara’s family. His father and grandfather earned national awards for their work  …

Hemangini Rathore

Sudarshan Artisan Collective

Hemangini Rathore is founder of Sudarshan, a thriving artist collective that aims to preserve and …

Gohar Sajid

SABAH Pakistan

Gohar Sajid is a founding member and co-chairperson of SABAH Pakistan, a non-profit organization in Pakistan that works to …

Bhaskar Chitrakar

Kalighat Artist

Bhaskar Chitrakar comes from a family of patuas (painters from an artisan community in West Bengal) that have been practicing Kalighat painting…

Dwaraka

Kalamkari Artists

DWARAKA (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans for Knowledge and Action) is a social enterprise created in 1999 by activist and philanthropist Anita Reddy,…

Anil Vangad

Warli Artist

Anil Vangad hails from a small Warli tribal village in the state of Maharashtra, but his work has been exhibited across India, Europe and the U.S. As a child, …

Afro-Indian Siddi
'Kavand" or Quilts Artist

Bengaluru based art historian and textile curator Anitha  Reddy found herself in Analesara, a remote village in Karnataka. Reddy remembers her first sight of the village- patchwork quilts, patterned like mosaic, were draped on bridges, courtyards, and roofs,…

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