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Ikat Sarees

As per earlier sources of information, Ikat dates back to the 12th century when the artisans from the Patan region of modern-day Gujarat migrated to Orissa. The Ikat technique has its origins in different parts of the world such as South America, West Africa, etc. This technique is one of the most ancient techniques of dyeing fabrics. The term ‘Ikat’ is a derivation from the Malay word ‘mengikat’ which means to tie or to bind. Ikat is an elaborate dying process which is done with silk or cotton fabrics. Ultimately, the end result is a piece of cloth bathed and glittered in colorful patterns. Orissa Ikat is basically associated with saris. The making of Ikat patterns is a tad bit...

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Agates of Cambay - The Most Pious Stones in the World

Agates of Cambay - About one of the Most Pious Stones The ancient agate mining and cutting industries in the area around Khambat (“Cambay”) in Gujarat province, India were started by Baba Ghor, a circa 1500 AD merchant from Ethiopia who had led a large number of Muslim people settle in that area. The Cambay area doesn’t have mineral deposits that are why the stone is brought from the Rajpipla Hills about 200 kilometers away. According to some records, this work must be going on in this region for 4000 years. Types of Agates There are four kinds of agates- the common, the moss, the Kapadvanj and the veined. The Carnelian stone is renowned as the ‘most pious stone’ in...

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KALAMKARI - THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Kalamkari is a style of natural dyed hand-painting or block-printing of textile. Machilipatnam kalamkari and Srikalahasti Kalamkari are the two styles of kalamkari work in India and crafts using these style are produced in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Vegetable dyes are prepared and applied onto the fabric with the help of wooden blocks or "kalam" (pen) is used for freehand drawings and filling in the colors.The process involves 17 laborious steps to highlight the beauty of delicate patterns. Approximately 8 to 10 craftsmen are involved in creating one yard of this fabric. Characteristic features of the kalamkari pattern include the richness of the colors produced by rapid absorption of natural dyes. Kalamkari Art is usually used to depict stories and scenes from...

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Kota Doria

Kota Doria sarees get their name from Kota, a small city in Rajasthan where these sarees were generally manufactured. The term Doria means thread. These sarees are manufactured mainly by the Ansari community of the Kota state, mostly located on the outskirts of the state. 1500 weavers are located in this cluster which is about 15km from Kota city. The distinct features of this fabric include its intriguing square pattern. The fabric is very lightweight and is most comfortably worn in summers. It is very low maintenance making it one of the favorites of our population. The unique square weaves are called ‘khats’. This one of a kind checkered weave of the Kota sari is made on the traditional ‘pit...

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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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