Kalamkari of Sickinaikkenpet, Tamil Nadu

Kalamkari hand painting is done with a stick which is wound with thread that has been dished in dye.. Kalamkari paintings shape temple hangings, doorframes panels, and tubular hangings (thombais) with scenes from the great epics. The temple hangings are called vasamalai. The technique used to paint them is similar to that at Sri Kalahasti but the characterisation is religious rather than folk.

Vegetable dyes are used and the colours are very bright and dramatic. Geometrical and floral patterns are found in the borders and backgrounds. One of the items made here is the Kuralam which is a ornamental cloth to hang on either side of the chariot during the march. Elaborate woolen cut work is done as ornamentation. Saris, linen and furnishing material are also hand painted.