Kalamkari Panel

Unknown Maker(s)20th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

Trade textiles which were lined, quilted, dyed and printed were produced in Coromandel Coast and traded by a small community of Armenian traders, based in South India since many centuries.These textiles were used as spreads, hangings and covers, and were exported to the Iranian and Armenian markets. Kalamkari (pen-work - dyes are applied with hand using a bamboo pen or with a block) was one of the techniques which was used by artisans to achieve layers of colors and patterns.

A square shaped kalamkari kerchief with three concentric bands formed of geometric and floral patterns bordering a middle section featuring a design of interlined floral motifs — with horizontally and vertically lined bird motifs in two varying poses. Kairies or boteh motifs on the body and the wave-like pattern on the borders symbolize Islamic elements.


  • Title: Kalamkari Panel
  • Creator: Unknown Maker(s)
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: L. 85 cm, W. 85 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Textile
  • Type: Textiles
  • Medium: Cotton, block printed with mordant and resist dyes
  • Region: Coromandel Coast, made for the Persian or Armenian market
  • Museum No.: TXT.00052

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