PATOLA – The Exclusive Art from Gujrat

The ancient art of patola weaving (double Ikkat ), dating back to the 4th century AD originated in Patan, Gujarat. Epics like Ramayana and Narsinha Purana refer to the use of patola in marriage ceremonies as an auspicious garment. This traditional art received great patronage during the Chalukya period. The most time consuming and elaborate…

The Ikat Art on Fabric – Great in Demand and Difficult to Weave

Ikat, kat, or ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. Ikat is an Indonesian language word, which depending on context, can be the nouns: cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric as well as the verbs…

Ajrakh Blockprint: Highest Standard of Elegance with Vegetable Dyes

When the world is buzzing with “sustainability” and “environment-friendly” as the newest big trends of the future, for many centuries, innumerable crafts have existed in harmony with nature. Some things are so subtle that they do not glare out, yet so vivid that one cannot help but appreciate the aesthetics in their creation. One such…

Baluchari Sarees: The Epic Sonnet of Indian Textile

Baluchari sari is a fabric woven in plain weave, but brocaded in unique designs with untwisted silk threads. Extremely colourful, a traditional Baluchari is said to have been woven in 17 different colours. The name “Baluchari” originates from a peripheral town of Ziaganj in Murshidabad known as Baluchar, 23 kms North of Beharampur on the…

Pretty Paithanis

From being the preserve of royalty, the Paithani has grown to become an essential saree in the wardrobe of every Indian woman, which is usually available in a variety of rainbow colors. The saree is named after a village near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The richest and most creatively time-consuming of all the shallu  sarees,  Paithani…