Four artists from Rijksmuseum learn the art of kalamkari

The next batch of artists, who got inspired by our artists’ work, were in Pedana for three weeks, learning the art of kalamkari. This particular block printing technique influenced the Dutch traditional costumes, named chintz in the 17th and 18th century.  The four artists work at the education department of the Rijksmuseum. The museum possesses a rich chintz collection. Now the artists wanted to learn the art themselves. The village situated in the renowned Coromandel coast, was known for it’s exquisite craftsmanship. The Pitchuka family uses the traditional technique with natural dyes. 


“Yesterday we experienced the magic of the Krishna river. This flowing, clear river is used to wash the hand-printed textiles. Wading till your waist in the water, we can see from very close how the color orange slowly turns into the color red. It will have all kinds of explanations why this happens, but we prefer to believe in the special forces of this river.”

Anita, Elma, Irma and Stan


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