This Unit was created in April 1978 to revive another old craft namely that of printing textiles using hand-carved wooden blocks and natural dyes. "Kalamkari" literally transalated means pen-craft(kalam-pen; kari-craft).Information provided by Ms.Shakuntala Ramani, Kalakshetra
Destitute and handicapped women from the poorer sections of society are taken for training in this craft. Six of them now work in the Unit.
Considerable experimentation has led to the stabilizing of the vegetable dyes and to the adaptation of the traditional methods used in Machilipatnam to local conditions. Single and double bedsheets, table cloths, napkin sets and other household linen as well as saris, dress materials and lungis are printed in this unit.