Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kalamkari in mainstream...Pottery Barn has upped their game!

Kalamkari is an indian art which is literally translated as "Pen Craft".  It is an ancient form of art originated from a town call Kalahasti which is about a 3 hour drive from Chennai...previously known as Madras.  We have been to Kalahasti several times to a well known temple.  The original Kalamkari art depicted hindu mythological scenes or dieties.  It has now transformed to other designs.  The fabric are hand painted or block printed using vegetable dye. 

I recently saw that Pottery Barn started to showcase Kalamkari pillows.

 Madhubani and Kalamkari


Medalion pillow

While browsing around in Pottery Barn, bought a pillow for good measure!  Here it is sitting in my living room. Not Kalamkari, but beautiful embroidery from India.

 Kalamkari is also on the runway


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