KALAMKARI PAINTING WORKSHOP
Indian textiles have garnered a special appreciation in the vast repertoire of world textile history and have represented Indian culture on a global fashion platform. Traditional crafts have often been described as historically eco sensible, which dealt with conversion of materials into products, using primarily hand skills with simple tools and employing the local traditional wisdom. Kalamkari of Srikalahasti is one such Indian craft which embodies the spirit of organic fashion. Kalamkari is an ancient style of hand painting done on cotton or silk fabric with a bamboo pen, using natural dyes extracted from different natural raw materials. The word Kalamkari is derived from a Persian word where ‘kalam‘means pen and ‘Kari‘refers to craftsmanship. In this concern, the department of Costume Design and Fashion of NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion, Tirupur has organized a three days workshop on “Kalamkari Fabric Painting” from 28.08.2019 to 30.08.2019.The workshop was inaugurated by Dr.K.P.Balakrishnan, Principal of NIFT- TEA College of Knitwear Fashion on 28.08.2019 by 8.40 am. In this workshop totally 87 students participated and exposed theirs skills. This Programme was jointly organized with Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Shri Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. The well-experienced facilitators, Mr.Chakram Prabhakar, and Mr.Venkatesan has given training to students about the skill and techniques used in kalamkari fabric painting. In this kalamkari workshop students used only natural raw materials as artistic medium to fabricate Kalamkari painting. Motifs drawn in Kalamkari spans from flowers, peacock, and divine characters of Hindu epics like Mahabharata, Ramayana etc., nowadays people from entire world are turning away from hazardous chemical dyes due to the increased environmental awareness and started showing their interest in chemical free organic products. So this workshop will bring awareness to the students about traditional art done using natural tools and mediums. In the past decade, due to the tedious technique involved in its making, the Kalamkari art was losing its shine. So this workshop is organized with the intention to spread the Indian traditional art techniques among the youngsters of future India and to safeguard the traditional art. After the completion of the workshop on 30.08.2019 Mrs.Rajeshwari R Sharma, Head Of the Department, CDF Department gave the valediction for the program.