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Kalamkari painting refers to
(a) a hand-painted cotton textile in South India
(b) a handmade drawing on bamboo handicrafts in North-East India
(c) a block-painted woollen cloth in Western Himalayan region of India
(d) a hand-painted decorative silk cloth in North-Western India



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Kalamkari is a traditional art form of hand-painting on textiles, primarily cotton fabrics. The word "Kalamkari" is derived from two Persian words, "kalam" meaning pen or brush and "kari" meaning craftsmanship. It involves intricate and detailed artwork created using natural dyes and pigments.

Kalamkari paintings often depict mythological stories, epics, and nature-inspired motifs. The artists use a pen-like instrument called a kalam or a brush to draw and fill in the colors. It is a labor-intensive process that requires skill and precision.

The art form has its origins in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in South India, particularly in places like Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam. Kalamkari textiles are highly regarded for their beauty and craftsmanship, and they are popular for sarees, dupattas, wall hangings, and other home decor items.


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