Tracing the India-Dutch art journey

Tracing the India-Dutch art journey

By T. Appala Naidu at The Hindu
Artists from the Netherlands to learn Kalamkari art in Pedana

PEDANA (KRISHNA): Three Dutch artists have arrived in Pedana, tracing the textile trade links between India and the Netherlands during the 17the and 18th Century, apart from documenting the evolution of the art over the centuries.

Twenty-six artists from the Netherlands will spend a month in the craft villages on the Coramandal coast and Gujarat, where the Dutch East India Company had set up trading posts and factories for the trade of cotton, indigo and silk.

Lily Lanfermeijer, Rudolf Lanfermeijer and Jenne Sipman, a film maker, on Tuesday began their research on hand-block printing technique in Kalamkari art at Pedana. “We have an incredible collection of several Kalamkari products made in Machilipatnam during the 17th Century, and all of them are being displayed at museums in the Netherlands. We have historical evidence to certify that those Kalamkari pievces were made in Machilipatnam on the Coromondal Coast,” Rudolf told The Hindu.

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