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Preparations for the making of the world record Kalamkari begin with a pooja.
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The cloth is soaked in water and kept wet.
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The cloth is rinsed thoroughly and shaken to get rid of the starch.
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The cloth is then sundried.
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The cloth is then soaked in buffalo milk with pigments of tender myrabalam and myrabalam flower dissolved in the milk.
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The border is defined and the sketch area is defined for the more than 150,000 drawings that this cloth will ultimately contain.
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The sketch is developed.
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Black outlining defines the sketch.
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Black outlining defines the sketch. (detail)
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Red (alum) outlining double-defines the sketch. Red fill is also added.
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The alum is washed off in flowing river water.
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The cloth is sundried.
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Creating Kalamkari requires the combination of flowing water, clear skies and moderate weather...
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... a combination that is usually available at Kalahasti from November to February.
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A second wash.
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The resist-dye process that Kalamkari uses necessitates repeated washing and drying.
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A certain proportion of Manjushta powder is made ready.
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Cloth is immersed in water stained with manjushta powder and boiled.
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After this each pigment is infused. This canvas has 17 including black and alum red.