Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile produced in Isfahan, Iran, and in the India. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari, which involves plenty steps. There are two distinctive styles of Kalamkari art in India. They are Srikalahasti style and the Machilipatnam style. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, where the "kalam" or pen is used for freehand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. This style flourished in temples centered around creating unique religious identities, appearing on scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners as well as depictions of deities and scenes taken from the Hindu epics (e.g. Ramayana, Mahabharata and Purana).