Ikat sarees are famous for their unparalleled beauty, and rightly so. The complex process of weaving an Ikat saree accentuates the grace of the wearer. The weaving of Ikat is different from various other resist dyeings as for Ikat weaves, the yarn is dyed first and then weaved. Whereas in batik and bandhani, the fabric is dyed after… Continue reading Ikat, resist dyed sarees you can’t resist.
Punjab, a simple word creates a vivid image of sarson ke khet flowing with the wind, clear skies and the smell of soil freshly prepared for farming. From this rich fertile region comes the art of Phulkari, which is the most beloved form of folk art for Punjabi women. Phulkari literally means "flower art". Mentioned in the eternal… Continue reading What to know before you buy your Phulkari.
A Banarasi sari is a sari made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with… Continue reading Banarasi Saree, a poetry woven on silk
Ajrakh, is a style of block printing designs to create beautiful patterns mostly seen on tiles and shawls. Ajrakh has now become synonyms with Sindhi cultures and tradition. Women use ajrak prints in sarees, shawls, dupattas, and other styles. Men use this print on their turbans, kamar-bandhs and or simply drape it. Common colors found… Continue reading Ajrakh to bless your everyday wardrobe.
Originating in Rajasthan, Gota Patti uses the applique technique where zari ribbon is made into elaborate patterns and sewed on to the borders to create a beautiful border. Having originated in Rajasthan, the hub of Gota work is in the cities of Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, and Udaipur. Metals like gold, silver, copper are used… Continue reading Gota Patti, the beauty of the border.
Chikankari is one such artwork that makes every wearer look elegant and graceful. The delicate embroidery with subtle thread work makes it perfect for the office and formal occasions. Introduced by Noor Jahan, the Mughal Queen, it makes the wearer indeed look like Royalty on a day off. There is a Lucknowi dress for everyone… Continue reading Lucknowi crafts, the heritage of Uttar Pradesh.
Beads and a sharp edges needle named muthia are used to create chain stitches according to the design of the embroidery. Aari work is created using a pen shaped needle with an end shaped like a crochet needle. Aari work is popular for how delicate and fine the designs, thus bringing more finesse into hand… Continue reading Aari work, the most intricate threadwork.
Birbhum district of West Bengal is the birthplace of Kantha embroidery. Though Kantha was traditionally used to decorate quilts and bedspreads, it is now a popular embroidery for salwar kameez, sarees, dupattas and blouses. Kantha sarees are ideally embroidered on cotton or silk. Pure silk and Tussar silk are the favoured varieties of silk. Kantha stitches have various types of… Continue reading Kantha- The pride of West Bengal
The term "Bandhani", also known as Bandhej, is derived from the Sanskrit word bandh which means "to bind" or "to tie". As the name suggests, Bandhani is a technique of dyeing fabric by tightly tying threads in a pattern of the design. Bandhani is one of the oldest art forms, found even in the Indus… Continue reading Bandhani- The Indian Tie-dye