Kalamkari Blouses For Women
A blouse can completely change the whole concept of a saree and what better than to add a statement with a classic kalamkari blouse. Kalamkari or Qalamkari is a kind of hand-painted or block-prints on organic fabrics like cotton or silk, produced in parts of India and Iran.
The name kalamkari name originated in the Persian which is derived from the Persian words qalam meaning pen and kari meaning craftsmanship which made up the meaning drawing with a pen. Only natural dyes are used in kalamkari designs and involve a long procedure to develop the designed fabric.
The age-old art of hand printed textile fashion is now becoming a big trend. In India, two different styles of kalamkari art can be found- the Srikalahasti style and the Machilipatnam style. In Srikalahasti style of kalamkari designs, the pen is used to make freehand drawings and filling in the colors, entirely done by handwork, whereas in Machilipatnam style of kalamkari work involves vegetable dyed block-printed designs over the fabric done by hand.
Usually, motif designs such as temple designs, florals, chariots, scrolls, animals, and even mythological scenes are made, most common colors are red, black, brown and violet.
The art of kalamkari is highly appreciated in the fashion world for its breathtaking beauty and versatility and can never go out of style.
Kalamkari blouse blends with all kinds of saree such as handloom, khadi, cotton, georgette. The vegetable dyed fabric of the kalamkari blouse comes with a variety of neutral shaded prints making it easier to match with most of your sarees. A kalamkari blouse is a versatile ethnic piece which gives you endless styling options.
- Kalamkari blouse with linen and cotton saree: This a best combination for anything formal and adds that touch of elegance. Instead of a plain blouse design, experiment with collared styles or a regular high rise blouse. Mix up kalamkari blouse with beautiful ikkat or a contrasting kalamkari saree for a twist in your desi look.
- Kalamkari blouse with silk saree: Any saree collection is incomplete without a timeless nine-yard silk drape. Pair a deeper color kalamkari blouse with intricate ethnic floral or ethnic design work, or contrasting color to add that extra edge to your rich look. This style goes well when you do not have too much going in your silk saree to put emphasis on the blouse art.
- Kalamkari blouse with plain sarees: you can easily pair up a georgette or a crepe one shade saree with a gorgeous looking kalamkari blouse, which gives you the freedom to try all kinds of blouse styles in terms of the neck, back, and sleeve style. For a retro look, you can also go for a ruffled sleeve kalamkari blouse paired with contrast plain saree.
You can easily wear a contemporary style kalamkari blouse not only with saree but lehengas and palazzos as well. LimeRoad has a huge collection of traditional and contemporary kalamkari blouse in different fabrics, textures, colors, designs, and styles.