In kalamkari drawing outline is one of the most typical, time consuming, arduous and expensive work. To address the pricing issue now a days artists use screen printing in drawing the outline pattern and then use traditional kalam (Pen Brush) to fill the colors. Vrathapani now known as Kalamkari (Srikalahashti style, hand drawn outline with hand painted work using traditional kalam). Ancient name of Kalamkari was Vrathapani which means story telling through drawing. Another name was Chithrakattis which comprises a group of wanderers including painters, musicians and other artists, who describe the events by narrating stories through their art form. After Persian influence Vrathapani becomes Qalamkari or Kalamkari.
This Kalamkari hand drawn and hand painted depiction of Surabhi also known as “Kamdhenu” the mother of all the cows. It is to be said that Kamdhesnu appeared during “Samudra Manthan”. The literal meaning of Kamdhesnu is the cow who fulfill all the desires. It is to be said that all the deities resides inside her so it is worshiped and considered the most pious among all the cows.
It is drawn and painted on the thick modal satin fabric which is also known as modal silk.