India has been home to many great art forms and one of such goes by the name of Calico. Calico art’s origin can be dated back to 11th century in Southern part of India. Place of Calicut is credited with providing the art form with its name, which is essentially British when it comes to pronouncing it. It is basically done in print form mostly on a piece of cloth also known as muslin. Practiced all across the country back in the day, calico prints were very much in demand during British rule as most of the production was exported to European countries for sale. The collaboration between calico printing and cotton spinning was further elaborated during the British rule in India. Thus, calico art gained momentum during the late 17th century with prints being influenced by Persian style of art, giving the art works a unique form of its own.
Calico printing stands out for the fact that it very easily is able to distinguish the design from the piece of clothing that it is put on. The artwork can readily be done on any other medium such as a piece of paper and even wood. The earliest of the design were greatly inspired from nature with prints that of lotus flower and various trees were highly used while designing. Gold tinselling was also used as an add-on feature to the design enhancing its beauty. Most of the works produced was either used in manufacturing wall hangings and beddings in European counties while in India it was used for serving as purpose of garments.
Talking of fabric, Ahmedabad is home to one of the most cherished Calico Museum of Textiles. One can see a blast of colours entering the place which comprises of several kinds of hand dying, printing and weaving techniques. Usually, calico prints are done in two colours. The background is done in one singular shade while the print in another. The colour on the background is applied to the fabric by means of dying and later on the design is added by cylindrical shaped blocks on which the pattern has been already cut out. Several places in the Malabar Coast of India are involved in production of these fine prints to this date on a grand scale. The local term for the weavers involved in producing it is ‘Chaliyas’ and they are spread out all the way from Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu. Since the fabric is exceptionally versatile it can readily be utilised in making merchandise such as bags, skirts and painting.
It must be noted that Calico was a crucial part of textiles in the 18th to mid-20th century. The print style had spread from its roots in the south into gradually the west and northern part of the country.
Perhaps, the biggest resourcefulness of the art comes from the fact that how easily it goes on to blend in the interiors of one’s homes and goes on to incredibly enhance it. We have realized how market for home decor is flooded with pieces which displays resplendent works of Calico art and fits every need of one’s home enhancement. Accessories such as lamp shades, quilts and even earrings are promptly available for buyers due to the flexible format of the art. Purchasing items imprinted with calico art are usually easy on one’s pocket hence adding to its popularity even more.
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