The Rarity that is Parsi Gara

Men seldom speak of beauty, beauty as such, Not even lovers think about it much. Women of course consider it for hours In mirrors Wilfred Owen was right in saying so, and why not? Women have been entranced by the mirror since time eternal. And if draped in a Parsi Gara, she has every right…

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…

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…

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…

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…