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Ilkal Saree

Ilkal saree is a traditional piece of clothing produced in the town of Ilkal in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. They are famous for the ‘tope teni’ technique, which involves the joining of the body warp with the pallu warp with a series of loops. This technique is exclusively used in Ilkal. Preparatory work requires 2-3 artisans while the weaving process only requires 1 person. Production can take upto 7 days, with the help of a hand-loom. The warp threads for the body are prepared seperately from the pallu. Both using different silks; artificial or pure. Generally the color used on the border is the same as the pallu. The distinct characteristic features in these sarees is the embroidery...

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Puneri Pagadi

The Puneri Pagadi is a turban originating from the city of Pune, Maharastra. It was commonly a symbol of pride and honor but over the years the use of the traditional pagadi in India can also be seen amongst youngsters in schools and colleges. The pagadi was introduced in the 19th century by Mahadev Govind Ranade, a social reformer. It is used mostly on special occasions like wedding ceremonies, worn by the groom, and traditional days in schools and colleges. Pagadis are also used as a very important piece of accessory on many occasions, be it a wedding or some prayer ceremony. Some religions also use it as their symbol of honor, that is the Sikhs. Pagadis have also become...

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Salem Silk

Salem silk sarees that are often referred to as Salem silks are sarees that come in vibrant, long-lasting colors. These sarees come from the district of Salem in Tamilnadu. The name is a derivation of the term “Salya”, the ancient weaving community. These sarees began to be woven on a large scale during the 1980s. These sarees are worn on a variety of occasions. . Salem silk sarees come in bright colors with large motifs. The fabric is very soft and durable making them aesthetically appealing. With almost 130 spinning mills and weaving units, Salem has more than 20,000 families engaged in creating these beautiful sarees.

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Mysore Silk Sarees

Mysore silk sarees originate from the state of Karnataka which happens to be one of the largest mulberry silk producers in the country. The growth of this silk was brought about during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1785 AD. It is a max of fine silk and pure gold zari. These fabrics were the first known production of machine-made silk sarees in India. Raw materials used in making the saree are obtained from a single cacoon. Processes like soaking, twisting, wafting and winding are followed once the density of the silk is assessed. The weaving process involves two types of looms; Dob by loom and the Jacquard loom. It takes 4 hours to make one saree. The next step,...

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