10+ Interesting Ways To Incorporate The Kalamkari Print Into Your Daily Life - The Grey Alley

Prints that narrate a saga—Kalamkari or Qalamkari is a highly distinctive and traditional art form that involves block or hand printing which is typically done on cotton fabric.

Kalam means pen and Kari means craftsmanship. Finding its origins in the town of Srikalahasthi in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, this art form was initially used to narrate the tales of bravery of the historic warriors along with sharing some interesting anecdotes from the courts with the common man and not to forget the ever interesting stories from the Hindu mythology.

These prints have now come a long way! While earlier they were restricted to cotton fabrics now you can find them create magic on silk and other kinds of modern and easy-to-wear fabrics too.

So, if you are looking for ideas on how you can up your fashion quotient, give a chance to the super trendy Kalamkari print in some of these innovative ways.

As a free-flowing dress

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A much-needed rescuer from the scorching summer heat, this free-flowing Kalamkari number can definitely keep you cool and the onlookers burning with envy.

As an evergreen Sari

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The Sari lover in you is going to screech with delight! Contemporary and sassy, how can you even think of taking your eyes off these vibrant colours.

Kalamkari-styled umbrellas

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Usher in the rains in these beautiful Kalamkari-printed umbrellas. This elegant and vivaciously floral designed umbrella will not only protect you, come sun or rain but also up your fashion ante a notch higher!

In the form of petite Kalamkari bags

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Carry your love for the Kalamkari wherever you go! With these energetic colours all around you, your mood ought to get upbeat and joyous!

Chic dinner sets in Kalamkari

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Your home spells a lot about your personality and taste. So let’s welcome the Kalamkari print there too. When guests pour in on an occasion, treat them to your delicious food in these cutlery pieces which display your favourite prints.

Toran (door hanging) in Kalamkari

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Let’s get a little innovative here! When the world flaunts its Kalamkari in the usual boring way, you get experimental and novel. How about a toran in the Kalamkari print? Have the neighbours started talking?

Cocktail napkins in Kalamkari

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Give your home décor a nice, interesting twist by allowing these cute colourful cocktail napkins to adorn your beautiful dining table. They not only add variety but are also super easy to manage and maintain.

Coasters in Kalamkari

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Since we are already talking about the dining table why leave the humble coasters behind. Keep them on the table and see how guests go gaga about your shopping style and taste.

Kalamkari gifts of love

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Are you looking to gift something unique to a loved one? How about these exclusively crafted coffee mugs in the Kalamkari theme? An ideal and unforgettable gift for a coffee lover, isn’t it!

Kalamkari kurta

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Why should we leave the men behind? There are spunky and we think they look uber cool. Adds an Indo-Western vibe, do you think?

A Kalamkari neckpiece

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Last by not the least, adding some finishing touches with this class-apart Kalamkari neckpiece which has the innate capability to elevate any kind of outfit!

So, how are planning to get the Kalakari print home? We are all ears; speak to us, via the comments section below.


  • Writer, wordsmith, and lecturer, Mona Punjabi's life is this mixed bag of roles that she loves essaying. Apart from this, she enjoys travelling and building many picture-perfect memories for her loved ones!

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