Gota Patti, the beauty of the border.

Originating in Rajasthan, Gota Patti uses the applique technique where zari ribbon is made into elaborate patterns and sewed on to the borders to create a beautiful border. Having originated in Rajasthan, the hub of Gota work is in the cities of Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, and Udaipur.

Metals like gold, silver, copper are used along with golden or silver zari to add to the beauty of Gota Patti. These are applied on the edges of the fabric to create bold and elegant patterns widely used for brides wearing sarees and lehengas. Gota work is a pride heirloom of many families, worn only on special and auspicious festivals. Brides take pride in their trousseau, complete with a gota patti saree.

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How is it made?

The selected design is traced on a fabric of choice using a tracing paper and chalk paste. The Gota is cut and folded to form the shape of the design traced. This is then hemmed or backstitched on the fabric’s border.

Care for your Gota Patti 

Gota Patti work should be hand-washed or machine washed on delicate mode.

Lucknowi crafts, the heritage of Uttar Pradesh.

Chikankari is one such artwork that makes every wearer look elegant and graceful. The delicate embroidery with subtle thread work makes it perfect for the office and formal occasions. Introduced by Noor Jahan, the Mughal Queen, it makes the wearer indeed look like Royalty on a day off.  There is a Lucknowi dress for everyone as the wide variety of dupattas, sarees, suitslehenga. Those who prefer to have their clothes tailormade, fabrics work the best.

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The process of creating this renowned style begins with selecting the design to the final washing after embroidery. The weaver selects the fabric which is to be embroidered. This fabric is then printed using the block printing technique. The weaver then uses the stitch that best suits the design to embroider the fabric and embroiders the fabric. 

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Since the embroidery is so delicate, it can take anywhere between a day or a few weeks for the artisans to complete one dress or a saree.  The originality of Chikan work cannot be recreated using machinery. To make sure you buy only the most elegant of all Lucknowis, visit Luxurionworld.com

Aari work, the most intricate threadwork.

Beads and a sharp edges needle named muthia are used to create chain stitches according to the design of the embroidery. Aari work is created using a pen shaped needle with an end shaped like a crochet needle. Aari work is popular for how delicate and fine the designs, thus bringing more finesse into hand embroidery.

It is traced back to the 12th century Mughal period. With time, places like Kutch, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Lucknow adopted Aari embroidery.

Seeing the intricacies of this work, it has always been considered one of the most tedious forms of needle work. However, today’s technology has blessed us with advanced stitching techniques and the increase in the number of artisans has made the embroidery work quicker.

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Aari work is seen on all types of garments. They can be worn at weddings, family functions and are apt for formal settings as well.

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Kantha- The pride of West Bengal

Birbhum district of West Bengal is the birthplace of Kantha embroidery. Though Kantha was traditionally used to decorate quilts and bedspreads, it is now a popular embroidery for salwar kameez, sarees, dupattas and blouses.

Kantha sarees are ideally embroidered on cotton or silk. Pure silk and Tussar silk are the favoured varieties of silk. Kantha stitches have various types of stitches like Rumal Kantha, Archilata Kantha, Durjani Kantha, Baiton Kantha, Sujani Kantha, Lep Kantha and Oaar Kantha.

Rumal Kantha is used to cover plates, Archilata Kantha is used to cover mirrors , Durjani Kantha is used to make insides of purses and wallets, Baiton Kantha is used to cover books,  bedspreads are made using Sujani Kantha and Lep Kantha is used to make quilts for warmth, whereas Oaar Kantha is used for pillow covers.

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These sarees are popular globally and are produced largely on a commercial scale. There are middlemen like marketing agencies, wholesellers selling raw materials and chain stores selling it to the final buyer.  It is easy to get lost in the crowd and buy fake and get duped. Though these sarees are sold worldwide, they are still hand stitched by women of rural regions and deserve to be paid adequately.

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Bandhani- The Indian Tie-dye

The term “Bandhani”, also known as Bandhej, is derived from the Sanskrit word bandh which means “to bind” or “to tie”. As the name suggests, Bandhani is a technique of dyeing fabric by tightly tying threads in a pattern of the design.

Bandhani is one of the oldest art forms, found even in the Indus Valley Civilization. The walls of Ajanta are adorned with paintings depicting the life of Gautam Buddha, wearing dotted Bandhani.

In today’s time, Bandhani is produced in Punjab, Sindh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Mothra, Shikari and Ekdali are techniques of tying the fabric. The results are called as Khombi, Ghar Chola, Patori and Chandrokhani and much more.

Every region is popular for its own style of Bandhani. The Khatri community from Saurashtra and Kutch introduced the art of Bandhani to us. Tiny knots called Bheendi are tied on the cloth forming the desired design.  This cloth is then dyed in bright colors and left to dry. The time taken for drying is depended on the weather conditions, being less in summers and more in winters and rainy seasons. Because of the knots, the cloth is dyed completely except for the knotted parts. Bandhani designs are worn as salwar kameez and turbans, alike.

To make sure your bandhani retains its newness, it is advisable to dry clean it and use low heat setting when ironing.

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The Proud Paithani

Paithani sarees are the pride of Paithan, a town in Aurangabad, from where these sarees originate. They are rightly considered to be one of the richest sarees in India. What makes them so, is the pure gold and silver zari that is hand woven into pure silk. Paithani sarees are preferred by our most suave buyers.

What makes it the pride of Paithan?

A lady adorned in Paithani saree would look nothing less than royalty. What makes Paithani stand out from the rest is the very making of it along with its vibrant history. Paithani sarees originated  in the year 200BC in Satvahana Dynasty 2000 years ago. It has survived the age of Roman trade to the era of Aurangzeb and other Mughals to the Peshwas. Today,  it is one of the most popular souvenir of Maharashtra.

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The amalgamation of all cultures 

Paithani sarees were imported by Ancient Romans in exchange of gold of the same weight. Various changing rulers did not affect the majesty of Paithani sarees as it flourished under the Mughals and the Peshwas equally. It takes floral motifs and Amarvell from the Mughal era and Asawali is a contribution of the Peshwas.

It is well loved all over the world by all cultures. A strong representative of unity in diversity, that our country stands for.

Life forms on a fabric

The Morbangdi, literally meaning “Peacock in a Bangle” is a popular motif for Paithani sarees as it represents “beauty” of a peacock and the bangle represents completeness.

The Ajanta Caves from Aurangabad which have beautiful Buddhist murals have influenced the Kamal Pushpa which implies “rebirth”.

The Tota Maina represents a Parrot and Myna, symbolizing Love and Passion.

The influx of Mughals and Peshwas brought along with it Amarvell, Asawali, flower motifs, leave motifs, geometrical figures and much more.

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How is it made?

The making of Pure Paithani Sarees is a Herculean task, moving from careful selection of pure raw silk and gold or silver zari to weaving and creating the final saree. Pure silk imported from China and local zari were used. Now because of the growth in textile sector, we produce our own mulberry silk in Bangalore and zari in Surat. Artificiality derails royalty so only pure and natural dyes are used.

The raw silk is washed, dyed and prepared to be put on the loom.  The pure silk is washed with proper care. It is then dyed using natural dyes derived from plants, vegetables, minerals which are combined to give attractive colors to the silk. This dyed silk is then separated thread by thread. These threads are then loaded on to the loom where they are carefully positioned to elaborate the design, motifs and the colors.

After the loom is set, all these indivisual warp and weft threads are weaved together on the handloom. This gives control over each and every thread and makes the production much more intricate. Since the production process is so delicate and intricate, it may take a month to a few years to create one saree.

The whole process of creating a Paithani saree, from dyeing of the fabric to the weaving of this saree is done manually. This takes a toll on the health of the weavers, affecting their vision, their bones and various other health issues emerge.

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The Irani-Indian art of Kalamkari

Popularized in India by Persians, Kalamkari or Qalamkari is the art of hand-painting or block-printing of cotton textile. The name Qalamkari has originated in Persia, which literally means drawing with pen as qalam means pen and kari means craftsmanship.

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Process of Kalamkari

These intricate patterns are created using only natural dyes.

The cotton fabric to be used is soaked in astringent and buffalo milk and is then sun-dried. Cow dung is used for natural bleaching. Fresh cow dung is mixed with water in a mud pot and the clothes are mixed in it nicely so that each and every corner of the cloth absorbs the cow dung mixture solution.
It is then squeezed loosely and kept it on the floor for overnight.
Next day early morning, these pieces are taken to the pond and each piece is beaten on  stone while washing.
After that the pieces are spread on grass and water is sprayed on the cloth with some  interval till  afternoon.
If there is sufficient water in pond with fungal leaves floating then the cloth can even be spread on the  fungal leaves for drying.
In the evening, all the cloth pieces are collected from the pond, and the cloth is kept on  the sand for the night.
Next morning again the beating and spreading process is repeated and after drying the  cloth is ready for myrabalam process.
Myrabalam process: Myrabalam seeds are powdered and soaked in water for one day.
The ready cloth pieces are dipped one by one in the juice extracted.
This process has to be done carefully so that all the threads of the cloth absorb the juice  evenly and is squeezed properly and then dried in sun.
Printing process: Printing is done by using wooden blocks and vegetable colors made by using a  mordant name Alum and black color from iron jaggery and salt water.
Washing: The printed cloth is washed in flowing water in a big pond.
The canal must have sand underneath the water, if not then the print will get smudged   and the damage cannot be controlled.
Canal washing needs a rope to hang the cloth pieces in water otherwise the cloth with   float away with the flowing water.           Boiling: The cloth is now boiled in copper vessel using leaves, barks, and dry flowers etc
Starch applying: Rice starch is applied for getting stiffness for second printing.   Second colour printing/painting: The second colours pinks, yellows, greens andblues are printed in this  process.

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Kalamkari is one of the most comfortable wears for work and daily use. Make sure you wear only the best and authentic.
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7 things you didn’t know about Banarasi sarees

One of the finest sarees of India, they are popular for their gold or silver zari that makes you feel like a traditional diva.

  1. Thank the Mughals.

Though Banarasi cotton is mentioned in the Buddhist texts dating 500 to 800 CE, Banarasi fabric grew in popularity during the period of Mughal Emperor Akbar with the influence of Persian motifs. These sarees derive a lot of their intricate designs from intertwining floral and foliage motifs, kalga and bel, jhallar at the outer edge of border which come from Persia.

  1. Banarasi Sarees have their own GI rights

Geographical Indication rights means the law identifies a particular type of product with the region where it is produced. In simple language, this law ensures that no state other than the 6 identified districts of Uttar Pradesh which are Varanasi, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Bhadohi, Jaunpur and Azamgarh districts, can be legally sold under the name of Banaras saree and brocade.

  1. The Varieties

Banarasi sarees are made in varieties ranging from pure silk to Georgette. Pure silk is called Katan; Organza is made from zari and silk; Georgette, and Shattir. Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tissue and Butidar are the varieties in designs.

  1. The Gharanas

Just like music, weavers of Banarasi Sarees have their own Gharanas. Each Gharana specializes in its own kind of weave.

From northern Varanasi, we have the Mauval Gharana that specializes in Shikargarh designs, mainly comprising of Konia and ari jhari.

The central southern parts have blessed us with the Banaraswal Gharana which is more open to design experimentation and has a pan-India trade.

  1. The symbolism

The Butidar saree is a paradigm of how various cultures have made their way into the weaves of Banaras. These sarees are made with gold and silver threads, showing the convergence of rivers Ganga and Jamuna, who are said to have black and white waters.

  1. What the brides wear.

Any wedding trousseau is incomplete without a Banarasi Tissue saree. Gold zari is used to weave beautifully patterned lotuses, shown to be floating in the water. Intricate cutwork makes it appear as if drops of water are falling into the pond.

  1. It needs resuscitation.

Although one of the most beloved cultural items of India, it is losing itself because of the mass produced thus cheap, China-made look-alike sarees flooding the market.

Apart from this, the rampant power cut forces the electrically powered looms to stay idle, which delays production.

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Aari Work Sarees – a Rare Combination of Ancient Traditions and Modern Elegance

Aari work Sarees are one of the most attractive forms of Sarees. The Aari Work is a complex craft and it involves a hook, piled from the top but fed by silk thread below with the material spread out on a frame. Stitching on the Saree is done with a long needle ending with a hook such as a crewel, tambour i.e. a needle similar to a very fine crochet hook but with a sharp point or a Luneville hook. The fabric of Saree is stretched on a frame before stitching. The Aari craft is a complex process, after stretching the fabric of Saree, one hand feeds the thread from the underside and the hook brings it up, making a chain-stitch embellished with sequins and beads.

Aari craft embroidery is a part of the traditions and culture of various regions and practiced in various regions such as in Kashmir, Kutch (Gujarat), and Bengal. Midenapur in West Bengal is a major town where Aari work is practiced.  It is one of the best traditional forms of hand embroidery having its origin long back from Mughal Era of the 12th century.

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The Aari work sarees are loved by almost every Indian woman because of its delicate thread work with the use of Zari, Cotton or Silk, along with the most common floral motifs. The attractive embroidery is created and crafted with the help of a pen like needle.

Aari Work is used on many garments including Sarees, Lehenga Choli, and Dupattas.  Aari Work Sarees are a smart choice for parties as well as for casual get-togethers across all the seasons, across the globe.

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Gift yourself a Traditional Look with Kantha silk Sarees

Sarees with Kantha embroidery are made up of pure silk, tussar silk or cotton. The production process of Sarees has evolved over a period of time. Now these Sarees are produced on a commercial scale with the help of various stakeholders for instance fabric wholesalers, experienced designers, and merchandisers, but the embroidery is still done by the rural craftswomen of the place famous for Kantha Sarees, Bolpur. The art is passed down through the generations over centuries. Each Saree takes weeks or sometimes even months to make, depending on the complexity of the embroidered patterns. This ultimately determines the final price of a Kantha Saree.

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Kantha style was originated in Bengal and is widely used to pattern Sarees in all kind of fabrics. The Kantha embroidery is recognized by the ‘running stitch’, which is always done by hand using colored threads. The handmade prints and embroidery can form very elaborate, complex, and intricate patterns. The beauty of Kantha work is looks best on pure silk and tussar silk Sarees.

The Kantha embroidery is an ancient art form, which has mention in Sanskrit Grammar written by Pannini around sixth century BC as well as in the ancient sage of Ramayana where Sita had supposed to has skilled in the Chandrabati’s Kantha stitching.

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Gift Yourself a Makeover:

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Making a Saree involves a lot of craft and art. Luxurion World brings to you the best Sarees with unbeatable fabric and eye-pleasing prints. The organization has not only keeping the ancient tradition of Sarees alive but also helps in uplifting the people involved in crafting, weaving, and printing.

A Saree is not only a piece of cloth; it is a symbol of our cultures, our traditions, and our world famous lifestyle. A garment that has evolved a lot over a period of time but still has the soul of its motherland.

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