Kalamkari or Qalamkari is an exquisite ancient craft of painted and printed fabrics. that includes both hand painting as well as block printing with vegetable dyes. Kalamkari originated in Andhra Pradesh from two different sources, but both being practised in their individualistic and distinctive styles. Kalamkari art has evolved over the last 3000 years and the name is derived from the Persian ‘drawing with a pen’.
Over time this came to include a more recent fine art - hand block printing.