Changing Forms of Kalamkari and Its Aesthetics

By: Ashwini Ketharaj  

Indian traditional folk art and craft is hundreds of years old, rich in history, preserved in oral and visual form. It is believed that the study of Indian traditional art/craft can unravel many branches of knowledge and can be a source to understand history, development, and changes occurring in societies. However, in the present scenario, there are drastic transformations undergoing in traditional art/craft seen in the source of inspiration, the method used, techniques applied and usage. The dissertation by focusing on a particular type of traditional craft ‘Kalamkari’ and within it particularly ‘Srikalahasti style’, explores the important relationship between space and craft. In other words, it develops an understanding of the significant association between ‘Interior Space’ and ‘Design’. In order to unravel this rather unexplored aspect, the study first includes a detailed literature review comprising of books, journals, articles, thesis and online websites. Next, the study undertakes research to understand the importance of space and the crucial relation it has with the craft by analysing the relation of space and craft in ancient and present times; analysing the changes occurring in Kalamkari in present times in order to understand the changing relationship between space and craft.

Craft, Narrative, Impact on space, Evolution, Contemporary, Interior space
Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
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Ashwini Ketharaj

Interior Architect, Interior Architecture, MOVA1, India

Dedicated professional with design and research experience in Architecture, Arts and Crafts. Passionate about exploring the parameters of designing built space. I strive to execute concept-driven designs and to make the built space experiential. Have a strong visual awareness and an eye for detail.