Story of Fabrics

TGIF Motifs – Pulli Kolam: Method, meaning and mathematics

The dynamic and diverse landscape of a region is inscribed onto its weave through motifs, which also have a deeper symbolic meaning attached to it. In this week's edition of ...

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Silk Stories from Assam

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra, amongst lush tea plantations, archaeological marvels and ancient pilgrimage sites lies the state renowned for its ...

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TGIF Motifs – The magic of the Mayilkann

Over centuries, the timeless Kanchipuram weave has become synonymous with certain patterns that constitute a myriad of motifs and weaving techniques. The school of design from this temple town in ...

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TGIF – The Timeless Thazamburekku Motif

The "thazhampoo" or "thazambu" is a fragrant yellow flower that grows along the river banks of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In the olden days, these flowers were kept inside wardrobes ...

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A guide to Indian prints and patterns – 2

India's foothold in the art and science of fabric weaving and printing is beyond our imagination. One such fabric printing technique which holds a glorified place in our history is ...

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TGIF Motifs – Manga: The king of fruits and fabrics

Motifs are the foundational element upon which a pattern is designed and developed. With nature as a muse and inspiration from various cultural, architectural and socio-economic factors, each motif in ...

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A guide to Indian prints and patterns – Part 1

India has been a cultural and creative hub long before historians prevailed. Amongst her repertoire of diverse art and craft forms, the most prized possessions include an astounding variety of ...

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The Great Indian Fabric Rudraksham – The Holy Motif from the Himalayas

A land with a diverse and distinct cultural background, India's art forms are differentiated through its reflection of local traditions, landscapes and customs. Historians who have traced and mapped this ...

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The Great Indian Fabric’s Ageless Annapakshi Motif

The divine swan otherwise known as "Annapakshi" in Sanskrit, is a mythical bird that has been revered for its grace and beauty for centuries. Legend says that this bird flew ...

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The Captivating Weaves of Chanderi

An ethnic weave that is characterised for its lustrous appearance and featherlight texture is the Chanderi saree. The craft was initially practised by the Muslim weaving community and later became ...

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The Splendour Of Shibori

The ancient art form that binds India and Japan is Shibori. The word comes from "shiboru", which means " to wring or squeeze." This traditional Japanese technique originated during the ...

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