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Today’s pitstop for folk art is Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Art form that we are all set to explore is Kalamkari. Today’s post is how to draw Kalamkari Durga Devi face.
Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari art.
Historically, Kalamkari used to be known as Pattachitra, an art form still found in neighboring Odisha and other parts of India and Nepal. The term “Pattachitra” in translates to “Patta” meaning “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”.Paintings made on fabric and fabric scrolls finds mentioned in ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain literature.
Under medieval Islamic rule, the term Kalamkari Persian, which is derived from the words kalam(pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen came to be in popular use.As an art form it found its peak in the wealthy Golconda sultanate, Hyderabad, in the Middle Ages.
Styles in Kalamkari:
There are two distinctive styles of kalamkari art in India -Srikalahasti style and the Machilipatnam style. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari where in the “kalam” or pen is used for freehand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. This style flowered around temples so had a religious identity – scrolls, temple hangings and depicted deities and scenes taken from the Hindu epics – Ramayana, Mahabharata.
Materials to draw Durga Devi face motif
- Pencil to sketch
- Art journal
- Paint brush
- Sharpie fine tip for details
Some step by step photos for reference: