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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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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 small clumps. The raw fibers are cooked in boiling milk for some time. This helps to cure them and makes them silkier....

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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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Kotpad Handloom Fabrics

Amongst the variety of handlooms in India, the traditional Kotpad sarees were the first to receive the Geographical Indication of India tag. It is a vegetable-dyed fabric woven by the tribal weavers of the Mirgan community of this village.Kotpad sarees offer an excellent blend of colors and soft fabric, which provide the most comfort to the wearer. Hence, they are becoming very popular amongst the younger generation.

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