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Kalamkari

Indian temples have been centers of art and architecture since ancient times. Each temple according to geographic location has their own art style, motifs, representation of deities and their stories. Clothes of the deities, their adornments and vibrant temple hangings have intensified the ambience of these temples. The main textile art that evolves from the temples are depicted in the temple hangings. These pieces of cloth are embroidered or painted with stories about the relevant God.

Although Gujarat is known for its exquisite embroidery, the lesser known art of Kalamkari is equally appealing and unique. Kalamkari refers to a method of painting natural dyes onto cotton or silk fabric with a bamboo pen or kalam. Kalamkari in Gujarat differs from that done in south with its central theme-the Mataji and hence owning its name Mata Ni Pachedi.