Winters are here and that means that the time to cover and bundle up is here. But in most cases, what happens is that people start to look like a pile of clothes, because in a bid to stay warm, they lose their sense of fashion. However, staying fashionable in the winters does not require a degree in rocket science; with just a few sensible tips, you can look great even on the coldest of cold days.
Whether it is an Indian or a foreigner who has come to India to see what this country has to offer, handicrafts are something that captures the attention of everyone. India is a land that is rich in terms of handicrafts, and any part of the country you go to, you will find something interesting and enticing.
The comfort of cotton and the feel of silk! Tough to get them both together, right? Well not really, because if you have ever seen rayon, you would know what I am talking about.
The word dupatta is a combination of two Sanskrit words – du, which means two and patta, which means a strip of cloth” from Sanskrit.
The technique known as Chikankari is an ancient art, which is believed to have originated around 400 years back. This delicate and beautiful work of hand embroidery was born in the area that we know today as Lucknow, and to date, this is where you can find the best artisans and the most intricate work!
In a previous blog, we revealed to you the history of Chikankari and how the beautiful Chikankari work is done. In today’s blog, we will tell you more about the art that is Chikankari!
Dabu – one of the ancient techniques of Printing of India. Along with many other traditional techniques, Dabu printing almost died out in the era before Indian Independence. Interest in this craft was revived along with the renewed interest in ethnic textiles in the 21st century.
The glory, and the colors of nature captured skillfully on cloth characterize the famous Jamawars of Kashmir. "Jama" means robe and "war" is yard. King and nobles bought the woven fabric by the yard, wearing it as a gown or using it as a wrap or shawl.
History & Origin of Jamawar
Due to its rich and fine raw materials, the rich and powerful merchants used Jamawar and noblemen of the time, who could not only afford it but could even commission the weavers to make the fabric for them, as in the case of the Mughals. Emperor Akbar was one of its greatest patrons. He brought many weavers from East Turkestan to Kashmir.
Historically handmade items, some shawls took a couple of decades to complete; consequently, original Jamawar shawls are highly valued. The best quality of Jamawar is built with Pashmina.
The brocaded parts are woven in similar threads of silk or polyester. Most of the designs seen today are floral, with the kairy as the predominant motif.
Rajasthan – Land of Kings, Rajputs, is a jewel in India’s crown. This place is known for its brave kings, magnificent monuments, & beautiful colorful festivals. Textile is the specific expressions of the culture & heritage of Rajasthan. Many Designers draw their inspiration from the beautiful textile of Rajasthan which includes different patterns & prints.
The patterns & prints of Rajasthan are world famous. People come from different corners of the world to purchase these beautiful traditional pieces of work.
One of such beautiful prints is Bagru Print. This beautiful printing technique is developed by Chippa community in a small village of Rajasthan located at a distance of approximately 32Km east of Jaipur around 350 years back. Bagru is known for its natural dyes & indigo dyeing and wooden hand block printing over textile articles.