Buy Recording : Traditional Kalamkari Workshop with Siva Prasada Reddy

Advanced Workshop : Materials Included


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This was a  5 classes of 2 hours each and was conducted over Zoom - only for adults. We would be learning to make Kalamkari in a traditional style with authentic materials supplied by the artist in 5 workshops of 2 hours each.  - adults can join (not suitable for children)

There are many steps and nuances involved in preparing a kalamkari in the traditional way. We require a processed cloth, traditionally prepared paints and brushes, which cannot be found in the local markets.
Processing the cloth is a detailed process, which would be difficult to follow at our homes. Therefore, we will be sending the cloth processed by the artist himself.

During the course of the workshop, we will learn how to use the traditional kalamkari paints and bamboo brushes. We will learn how the colorful and bright kalamkari paintings are made by using the basic primary shades.
We will begin by learning how to draw our goddess Sarasvati, and then proceed to highlight and fill in the colours.

A master craftsman and an award-winning artist, is noted for his exquisite method of hand-painting onto fabric. UNESCO-CCI awarded Siva Reddy the Seal of Excellence in 2004 for his artwork ‘Tree of Life.’ In 2007, he was included into the Limca Book of Records for artwork featuring 1926 Mahabharata and Ramayana characters.
He built a Kalakshetram Kalamkari art center to pass forth knowledge and the legacy of Kalamkari art to the young generation. His creations were displayed around the country at Hastha Kala fairs and artisan bazaars.

Materials that will be sent as part of this workshop:

  • Cotton cloth with sketch - 40*50 cm
  • Cotton cloth without sketch - 40*50 cm
  • Black, Red, Yellow, Blue - Natural Colors - 100 ml each
  • Plain bamboo pen
  • Bamboo pen for sketching - small and big size

We hope you can join us to support the arts and artists.

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Art Form


Kalamkari refers to the ancient style of hand painting done with a tamarind pen, using natural dyes. The name Kalamkari originates from Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftsmanship). Paintings made on fabric and fabric scrolls are mentioned in ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain literature. Under medieval Islamic rule, the term Kalamkari was derived from the words "kalam", which means "pen" in Telugu, and "kari", which means craftmanship. This became popular under the patronage of the Golconda sultanate. Motifs drawn in this ancient art of Kalamkari, include flowers, peacock, paisleys and also divine characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Kalamkari colours are made mostly from vegetable dyes. The popularity of this exquisite form of painting has earned international repute for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Kalamkari art was the household occupation of several rural women and craftsmen in the ancient times and continues to be passed down from one generation to the next. Artforms like Kalamkari have started gaining more and more popularity in recent times because of their no-chemical process of creating printed textiles.

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Masterclasses are complete pre-recorded courses of 7-8 parts that have been researched and recorded by us at the Master artists homes. LIVE workshops happen in real time over zoom along with the Master Artist and a small group. Live workshops have different levels. We only have a few Masterclasses right now - Lippan art from Kutch and Pichwai art from Nathdwara, Rajasthan and are producing and adding more every month. While we cover more than 60 heritage art and craft forms in our live workshops already.

You could attend a beginner friendly live workshop (or even a masterclass if its Lippan or Pichwai you are interested in) and then join the foundations or advanced LIVE workshops. The different levels for the LIVE workshops are- Beginner, Foundations and Advancedyour store.

Materials are not included in the masterclasses but you can order from our list of authentic art kits and materials in addition to the masterclass. For the live workshops, materials are included in some of the live workshops as part of the workshop and it would be mentioned in the workshop description.

Beginner Friendly- These are usually 1-2 classes of 2 hours each and one of the simpler artworks and motifs of that art style are covered in the beginner friendly workshops as an introduction to that art form.
Foundations- In the foundations live workshops, the workshops are structured to teach you the basic motifs and foundations of that art style , the focus is not on completing a painting but the elements taught in each class are incorporated in a painting and a few different compositions are also taught
Advanced- in the Advanced live workshop, usually the focus is on completing a more elaborate and intricate painting - no basic motifs are covered in the advanced workshops.
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