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Bandhini Sarees

Bandhani or Bandhej sarees are a gift to the world of fashion from the vivacious land of Rajasthan. These are some styles that never go out of style. The age old craft of Bandhani print have survived the passage of time to retain their charm as always. Bandhani print are associated with the tie and dye technique of fabric wherein the fabric to be dyed is tied very tightly at different points in knots. They are then dyed with bright colours and allowed to dry. The knot patches remain uncoloured and thus form a pattern. Somehow when one thinks of Rajasthan sarees, the moments of joy, celebration festivals and weddings flash in an instant. Such is the magical charm of...

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MOTIFS USED IN INDIAN TEXTILES

          A motif is the most basic unit from which a design is formed. It is generally developed from different combination of geometrical shapes. Motifs are repeated in different ways to create a pattern whereas patterns are repeated to create designs. Therefore a motif has a distinct identity of its own in a pattern or a design. Indian motifs has its own heritage value and are closely linked to natural, cultural, religious and socio-economic factors prevailing in  Indian society. Most of the traditional motifs are often inspired from nature. PEACOCK MOTIF -  Peacock which is now the national bird of India is the symbol of Indian ethnicity, tradition and exquisiteness. It is often associated with rain and...

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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 green and so the work of embroidery could be seen clearly on the material.Previously, Chikankari craft work was always done...

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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 also known as ‘zari’. This whole process takes about a maximum of 10 to 20 days for one saree, and...

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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 has a deep-rooted origin and history of about 700 years embedded in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. First of all,...

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