Story of Fabrics
Indian craftsmen have a proud heritage of nearly 5,000 years in the art of decorating textiles by weaving, painting, printing and dyeing. The pigment painted textiles of India are vibrant and colourful, depicting landscapes and characters from Puranas. They are predominantly practiced in Andhra, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal.
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...