The Radiant Zari Story

As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, it is only befitting that India is home to some of the greatest art and craft cultures that have prevailed over centuries. Travelling from the coast to the core of our land, the diversity found every few miles in terms of fabrics, techniques and design are astounding. Until about a century ago, the use of pure gold and silver metallic yarns ...

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Temples, Threads and Traditions – The Myriad Hues of Kanchipuram

Bursting and bubbling with a spectrum of shades, the soul of our country is a vibrant display of our cultures, landscapes, emotions and beliefs. Be it art and architecture, religions and festivals, music and dance, food and festivities, colours are deeply rooted in every aspect of our life with defining moods and meanings. Extending to weaves and fabric as well, each shade is symbolic and guides our choice in choosing ...

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The marvel of a Mangalagiri weave

With a namesake town that translates to 'The Auspicious Hill', Mangalagiri weaves are a testimony to the region's centuries-old craftsmanship. It dates back to about 500 years, and at present, there are over 5000 master weavers in this small weaving town in the Guntur district. The defining trait of a Mangalgiri weave is its minimalistic motifs, tribal embellishments, temple designs, a plain body with an intricate border and detailed zari ...

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Drapes of India – Part 2

From as long as one can remember, the fabric of our culture has been woven with sarees of different styles, fabrics, lengths, colours and designs. A reflection of the feminine grace and poise, this iconic Indian attire has a position of respect and reverence on the global map. From functionality to form to fashion, it offers something to everyone who wraps themselves in its beseeching pleats and folds. Rta Kapur Chishti, ...

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Pongal – Honouring our harvest and homeland

Marking the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of a new harvest season, Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival in the Hindu calendar dedicated to the Sun God. Falling in the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar, it denotes the sun's transit into the 'Makara Rashi' or the zodiac of Capricorn, from where it gets its name. Celebrated with intense vigour and devotion throughout the country, ...

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Maheshwari Sarees – A Majestic Marvel

Deep in the heart of our country, amidst the lush landscapes of Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of Narmada river, fondly called Maa Rewa lies the town of Maheshwar. Time stands still in this historic town with riverside forts, royal gardens, ancient temples and holy hymns preserving its cultural legacy forever. The town's crowning glory remains it handwoven Maheshwari sarees, an epitome of elegance and exuberance from this prime handloom ...

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Marapachi – The magical memorabilia

With origins dating back to the very beginning of time, Indian handicrafts have been the centre stage of communities across the country right from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. While Mohanjodaro and Harrapa gave us an influx of diverse crafting traditions and a high degree of technical expertise, the subsequent reigns added on in terms of inspiration, new techniques, design styles and in essence a piece of their ...

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Drapes of India – Part 1

From borders to patterns and colours to craftsmanship, the saree is a canvas for masterpieces steeped in the rich legacy of our traditions. The unstitched fabric is an Indian icon and holds within its folds the wisdom of our glorious past and the key to an abundance of possibilities. The origin of a saree can be traced back to the times of the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished in the ...

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TGIF Motifs – The Noble Narali

Handloom to heirloom, the Paithani weave is treasured across the globe but especially by Maharashtrian brides, for whom it is the most special piece of their wedding trousseau. Distinguished by the extensive use of gold zari and pure silk yarns, these shimmering drapes are brought to life in a spectrum of vibrant hues and a plethora of rich motifs. The major design language and shaping of the craft were influences ...

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Tant – Bengal’s Heritage Handloom

Woven with big dreams and enthralling narratives, a traditional Tant saree is synonymous with one of Bengal's finest and oldest weaving technique, wherein a medley of Mughal and Hindu patronage along with a Bengali sense of design gave it a unique identity. The word 'Tant' refers to the handlooms used to weave yards and yards of awe-inspiring creations and dates back to the 15th century, in the Nadia district of ...

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