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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The Journey of Handlooms in India

As one of the oldest and largest cottage industries of the country, India's heritage handlooms represent the timeless traditions, diverse cultures and unparalleled craftsmanship that have stood the test of time. From fabrics and weaving techniques to embellishment styles and aesthetics, they are praised globally for showcasing our country's ingenuity and expertise. As guardians of the rich legacy, it is integral that we understand its origins and evolution over the ...

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Between the luxurious lines of Kanchipuram

Rich gold brocades paired with colourful contrasting borders are the hallmarks of a Kanchipuram weave. This masterpiece is brought to life by a knotting and interlocking technique called 'Korvai' that seamlessly blends the body and pallu. This merger makes way for many interesting designs and patterns that are heavily inspired by the architecture of South India. The colour combinations and design directory of Kanchipuram are as vivid, vibrant and versatile as ...

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The Vibrant World of Paithani Weaves

From thread to tradition and warp to weft, weaving is an amalgamation of art and science. This is a craft that is spread across multiple hubs across the country and employs more than a million artisans to bring to life a masterpiece, put together not by one, but many hands. The fabric of Indian culture is interwoven with a slew of time-honoured weaves that are highly revered and are passed ...

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Diwali – The season of bright beginnings

By marking auspicious beginnings, illuminating our lives with a ray of hope and bringing together family and friends from across the globe, Diwali is by and far one of the biggest festive celebration of our country and a huge favourite as well. The 15th day of the Kartika month which falls between October - November, witnesses a five-day celebration signifying the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and ...

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TGIF Motifs – Paan: An evolution from delicacy to design

A narrative element, a poetic expression and a visual identity; motifs are revered greatly across all cultures and communities for their artistic sense and symbolic significance. As heirloom fragments that are handed down through generations, motifs are subject to the influence of various factors during different periods. Be it religion, architecture, music dance or mythology, each of these elements shape these beloved motifs and its perspective. In this week's blog, ...

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Vintage Vogue – Exploring beyond boundaries

The 5th Walking Hand-in-Hand event, a yearly fashion showcase conducted by the CDS Art Foundation, Ahemdabad, aims to give a global platform to India's indigenous and heritage handloom crafts. For a craft to survive and thrive in the dynamic world, there needs to exist a harmonious union of its past and present, as is beautifully depicted in the creative collaborations between fashion designers and master artisans. It was a delightful ...

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Ikat – Tales of the treasured textile

Ikat forms the base of India's cultural fabric that extends to not one but many a region. With strong roots across the nation, it has many diverse and distinct branches. From Odisha to Gujarat to Telangana, the weaves hold within its folds tales as old as time. While Ikat is said to have originated in the islands of Indonesia, throughout history India developed its indigenous Ikat weaving techniques. A rich ...

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TGIF Motifs: Jaal – From an era of oplulence

Banaras, the spiritual capital of India, is also the abode to the most exquisite weaving cluster of the country. From the Vedic period to the Mughal era to the current episode in time, this land has been a temple for artisans and craftsmen who have perfected the art of brocade weaving over centuries. Over the years, the weaving ecosystem of Banaras developed its unique design language that revolves around its ...

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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 the Tie and Dye, whose origins can be traced back to the times of Alexander the Great. In multiple texts, he mentions the vivid and vibrant dyes he encountered during his time in India.Technically, this art form comes under the ...

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