One of the most captivating scenes described by travelers who recollect the memories of their beloved city of Isfahan is the image of the colorful hand block printed tablecloths with floral or geometric designs (Ghalamkari) hanging from the walls and ceilings of its old Bazaars.

Iran (IMNA) - Although some arts and handicrafts are on the verge of extinction as a result of the death of their masters and the introduction of new technologies to art industry, what remains certain is the brilliant role of ancient Iranian cities as the guardians of the cultural treasures. Calico works (Ghalamkari) is one of Isfahan's specific art that has remained alive due to the all-out efforts of artists who pass it down from one generation to the next.

Ghalamkari involves transferring images from a wooden template onto a piece of cotton fabric. A printmaker creates the template out of wood to shape the surface into an image often having paisley patterns. The artist then inks the template and transfers it onto a pre-prepared cloth.

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