Story of Fabrics
The pigment painted textiles of India are found in Andhra, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Out of these various pigmented painting textiles, the Pichwai art has grown to prominence over the last few years. Initially, the Pichwai art was used only for the decoration of temples and households as ceiling canopies. Nowadays, artisans have started incorporating these designs in sarees, kurtas and shawls.
Rajasthan has a rich textile heritage and is known for its painted (Pichwais and Phad), printed (Bagru and Sanganer) as well as resist-dyed (Bandhani and Leheriya) textiles. Apart from these textile traditions the weaves of Kota, Rajasthan are famous for their fine cotton weaving popularly known as Kota Doria. Kota Doria, or Masuria as it is more popularly known, is one of the most important sources of income for the people of this region. The villages of Kaithun and Mangrol are most renowned for the Masuria sarees.
The royal heritage of Rajasthan is inclusive of diverse arts and crafts which over centuries have reached a place of immense pride and prestige. Gota Patti, also known as ‘Lappe ka kaam‘, was a favourite amongst royal families and court members for its glitz and glamour. It has an...