Kavi Kale is an indigenous architectural ornamentation technique from the Konkan Coast in India. It involves creating elaborate murals and motifs inspired by the folklore of Dravidian culture on architectural surfaces that have been previously finished with lime plaster and a red oxide layer. The term “kavi” refers to red oxide and “kale” means art form. This technique was widely used in Hindu temples and other religious structures, as well as in domestic architecture, to decorate walls and ceilings. Despite being neglected for many years, Kavi Kale has seen a revival in recent times and is considered an important part of the cultural heritage of the Konkan Coast.
The resulting Kavi Kale designs are intricate and vibrant, reflecting the unique folklore and culture of the Konkan Coast. The use of natural materials and the hand-made process give each piece a unique and personal touch.