Chanderi Sarees: A Journey from Silk to a Saree A product of Indian handloom

‘Chanderi has long been famous for the manufacture of delicate muslins….The cloth is of unusual fineness and delicacy while the coloured gold and silk borders are of surpassing beauty’ Chanderi Saree is a great product of Chanderi, one of the well-known handloom cities in India. Chanderi is famous for its sarees. Besides , the city…

The Art of Hand Block Printing

   Hand block printing, a craft handed down through generations is in the forefront of the fashion scene today. Block printing is believed to have originated in China towards early 3rd century. Records of its presence in Egypt and some Asian countries were also found around the 4th century, from where it spread to Europe…

Phulkari Art – the Vibrancy of Punjab

Sitting on the charpoys (beds woven with jute strings) pulled into the protective shade of a tree, or ensconced against a wall, women in villages and small towns all over Punjab are often busy creating spectacular flower-embroidery on dupattas, shawls or other garments. Called phulkari in local parlance, the origin of this beautiful art can…

Kantha Embroidery of West Bengal

The art of decoration of fabric or other material with threads, wires or leather using a needle may be defined as embroidery. With the advent of sophisticated machines, embroidery is possible by machines also, especially for repetitive volume work. But, it is the hand embroidery that continues to fascinate mankind for thousands of years. Traditionally,…

Batik Sarees – Traditional Dyeing with Trendy Look

The word batik is Javanese in origin. It may either come from the Javanese word amba (‘to write’) and titik (‘dot’), or may derive from a hypothetical Proto-Austronesian root *beCík (‘to tattoo’). The word is first recorded in English in the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1880, in which it is spelled battik. Batik craft came from…