'Kalam' means pen and 'Kari' means craftsmanship. Belonging to the temple town of Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, hand drawn Kalamkari was originally used as a scroll painting depicting stories from Hindu Mythology. Over the years it has found its way to garments and sarees.
Making of Kalamkari is a 23 step process that involves natural processing, hand painting with a tamarind (chutney!) twig, air drying and washing.