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Chikankari Craft - With Love from Lucknow

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Chikankari Craft - With Love from Lucknow

Chikankari Craft - History According to the historical records of the 17th century of East India Company, Dhaka produced the fine embroidery called ‘Chikan’. After that, the Chikankari craft was brought to Lucknow in the 18th century. It is said that Noorjahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir introduced it in Lucknow. Chikankari is claimed to be one of its kind due to its kind of hand embroidery. This artistic work of embroidery is done with untwisted yarn and also a little assistance of needle on a fine plain fabric. The material used is normally plain white, pink, maroon, shades of...

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Kancheepuram Silk

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Kancheepuram Silk

Kancheepuram silk has dominated the south Indian silk industry since decades and will continue to do so not only because of its individuality but also because of its very fine silk fabric, which in itself has an added luster. The best quality of this silk fabric comes from Tamilnadu. The name of this fabric is kept so as to acknowledge the place from which it has originated that is, the Kanchipuram district in Tamilnadu. These silk sarees are handwoven with mulberry silk. This silk is dyed with various beautiful colors and then woven together with the golden thread which is...

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Tangaliya Shawl

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Tangaliya Shawl

As the name suggests, ‘Tangaliya’ is derived from the word ‘Tangalio’ meaning the lower part of the body. Traditionally, tangaliya was a 10 by 4 cloth which was draped around the waist. Later on, due to loom size constraints, the cloth was woven 20 by 2 in size and then cut into two parts and joined together to form a shawl for women. Originating from the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, Tangaliya shawl falls under one such craft which is very unique. These shawls were woven in the Surendranagar district of Gujarat. This has been a very the indigenous craft which...

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Uppada Jamdani Sarees

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Uppada Jamdani Sarees

Uppada Jamdani Sarees are silk sarees that are woven in Uppada of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Although the jamdani style of weaving originated in Bangladesh, in the 18th Century it was brought south to Andhra Pradesh. This style of weaving is as old as 300 years. The process of weaving takes nearly 10-60 days time for which 2-3 weavers spend approximately 10 hours every day. The weavers use pure lace (silver zari dipped in melted gold) and also the finest silk from Bengaluru area.The cotton body and silk pallu are completely handwoven. The amazing feature about this sari...

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Screw Pine Craft

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Screw Pine Craft

The screw pine craft of Kerala is used for making various types of mats and wall hangings. It is done by using the leaves of the screw pine plant. This practice has been in Kerala as long ago as 800 years. The mats produced by the screw pine have a significant role in the customs of Kerala. It is considered an honor to present these mats to visitors.  The traditional method for extracting the fiber of screwpine leaves involves coconut fiber. The coarse fibers remove the small thorns that appear on both sides of screwpine leaf. These fibers are processed, i.e. dyed and tied together into...

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