Natural with Black and Red Flower Print Kalamkari Scarf SwatchCrafted by Artisans in India Measures 74” long x 7-3/4” wide
SIPA - South Indian Producer Association - Kalamkari
The South India Producers Association (SIPA) has been engaged with the issues of sustainability, women empowerment, and artisan and craft promotion since 1986. It was conceived as a collective initiative for marketing and administering support to about 30 producers and artisan-based organizations across the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, and Karnataka in the southern part of India.
SIPA's artisan network spans across Southern India. SIPA works with 30 artisan groups and over 5,000 artisan families that are involved in income generation activities producing crafts. A vast range of products are produced by the 30 groups under SIPA's umbrella, some of them include palm leaf basketry, decorative candles, natural oils, insence making, kalamkari textile products, wooden toys. All the products are made with locally-sourced natural materials from their respective regions and special care is taken in regards to disposal of waste, so as to keep the environment clean and safe.
SIPA is directly involved throughout all stages of product development including marketing of the crafts. They also provide technical and financial support, assist artisans in capacity building, and provide design support.
SIPA is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization – 'WFTO', Asia Fair Trade Forum, and Fair Trade Forum-India. The organization strongly follows the globally accepted fair trade mandates as part of the social commitment to it's stakeholders – the artisans; thus striving for consumer satisfaction and moving towards providing artisan members with a sustainable livelihood, and positive socioeconomic changes in their lives and communities.
In India Kalamkari is a time-honored tradition of printing patterns on cloth using hand-carved wooden blocks and vegetable dyes. These kalamkari scarves in geometric prints are made from 100% natural cotton and are block-printed using all natural dyes by artisans in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Each scarf in this collection is double-sided, having a print on the front with a solid-colored backside that compliments the design on the front. Choose the one that matches your mood or your outfit.
Measures 74" long x 7-3/4" wide
Matching bags are also available for some scarf designs
Handmade and hand printed in India and fair trade imported.
SIPA artisans craft a variety of high quality products, including baskets handwoven from palm leaves, sustainable wood carvings and Kalamkari textiles. These textiles are designed by printing the cotton textile base with hand-carved wooden blocks using a rainbow of natural vegetable dyes. All the materials used are widely available within India, and SIPA monitors production to ensure that its artisans generate a minimal amount of waste. SIPA also takes an active stance on the environment by regularly planting trees and using eco-friendly packaging material.
"Kalamkari," the process of hand-painting or printing upon cotton textiles with carved wooden blocks, literally means "Pen-work." In Persian, ‘Kalam’ means Pen and ‘Kari’ means Craftsmanship or Work. However, the process is referred to by a variety of different names throughout the world, including pintado in Portuguese, calico or chintz in English, sits by the Dutch and toiles paintes in French. The process of Kalamkari is rather tedious and time consuming. The complete process of producing a bolt of Kalamkari fabric takes about 40-45 days, as there are at least 12-15 stages involved in the process; and nature can easily disrupt the work-flow because of the number of steps that must take place outside.