Kalamkari Cotton


This cotton coverlet, from the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum, was produced about 1850 in Machlipatnam, in Andhra Pradesh in southeast India. The design on it - produced by a combination of dyeing, block printing and hand painting - is an example of ‘kalamkari’.

Textiles produced in India were exported both to Britain and to the Far and Middle East. The kalamkari design was particularly popular in Iran in the mid-19th century.

Victoria & Albert Museum 5443 (IS) (CIS) (mid-19th century)
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