Story of Fabrics
Yarn-resist tie-dye textiles, also known as Ikat fabric, have gained a prominent status for their beauty and artistic finesse throughout the world. The word Ikat comes from the Malay-Indonesian word Mengikat, which means to bind, knot, or wind around. In India, Ikat textiles are known as Patola and Mashru in Gujarat, Bandh in Odisha, Pochampally Ikat and Telia Rumal in Andhra Pradesh.
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.
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Woven with big dreams and enthralling narratives, a traditional Tant saree is synonymous with one of Bengal's finest and oldest weaving technique.
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.
Rich gold brocades paired with colourful contrasting borders are the hallmarks of a Kanchipuram weave.
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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.
The 5th Walking Hand-in-Hand event, a yearly fashion showcase conducted by the CDS Art Foundation, Ahmedabad.
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...