Indian handloom industry is known for its quality, glamour, variety and excellence. It is an integral part of Indian culture. Recent times have witnessed the evolution of handloom by its sheer magic and enamor. The cultural heritage of India owes a lot to the handloom industry which has its own spectacular vision of colour, make and craft.
A lot of fashion designers have embraced the handloom fabric not only because they want to receive this industry but because they view it as the fashion element of Gen X. The fabric can be termed as a blend of vintage aura combined with modern twist. Sarees, palazzo, salwar kameez, stoles, kurtis and tops are all available in handloom make. Let us take you to an Indian tour of this magnificent fabric.
Famous for Garhiwal, Ponchanpally cotton, Bangalore silk, Myosre silk, Belagum sares; South India is a power house of a unique handloom saga. Pure zari borders are a speciality of Karnataka. Mulberry silk is another fabric of this region boast about. Sparkling zari motifs from the assiduous weavers are pure spectacular in make and designs. Embroidered and brought into fashion foray by our Bollywood divas especially Rekha, Sridevi and Vidya Balan, these sarees carry their own enigmatic style of feminism.
Gujarat is famous for Patola silk and banarasi work. Bandhni is a kind of system of tying and dyeing the fabric in multi color work. Gujarat boasts of natural colors being extracted from flowers and vegetables of various kinds. Thus it is environment friendly as well as skin friendly too. Kutch embroidery has its own niche in the traditional fashion domain. Apart from these Gujarat is also known for its block-printing on fabrics. Rajasthan is fashion paradise for women. Kota has a way with all cotton lovers as it fishes out awesome sarees by its wearer. Leheriya prints is another feather in its cap which is getting great response in chiffon and georgette fabric today. Maharashtra weavers weave out magical charm in Paithani sarees. Aren’t we truly amazed at the rich cultural heritage of our country?
Orissa handloom house has a terrific aura about itself. Known for its rich taste and blend of cotton and silk, Orissa weavers are quite adept in their work. Sambhalpuri silk, Bomkai silk, Ikat handloom work are all a sheer marvel to feel and wear. West Bengal, considered to be home to Dhakkai cotton is another mecca of handloom lovers. Balucheri, Tant, Tangail and Katha work fabrics are loved and embraced by women all over India and abroad. Bihar is known for its famous tassar silk extracted naturally from silkworm cocoons. Madhubani painting work depicted on saree and dress material fabric oozes out artistic excellence in more ways than one.
Northern and Central India
Jammu and Kashmir is a house of ‘Kashidhakasi’. Done by weavers who carry this art as a hereditary culture , they spin out sheer opulence in delicate hand embroidery. Pashmina shawls are one great example of Kashmiri handicraft which is known worldwide for its exotic designs and intricate work. Chattisgarh known for its kosa silk is also a fabulous heritage of handloom culture. Chanderi and Maheshwari sarees have helped Madhya Pradesh shine in the handloom map of India. Who can forget the famous Banarasi silk to be listed here.
Uttar Pradesh houses talented weavers of Banarasi brocade work which are unbelievably magnificent. Another great art boasted by this state is the chikan embroidery which truly oozes out the ‘nazakat’ of Lucknow in its style.
Next time when you want to go for a chic blend of modern and traditional wear, opt for these amazing sarees and dress materials. Look glamorous while keeping the Sujatra look intact. Wishing you a lovely tour of the weavers paradise of India to exhibit a taste which is so very classy and so very you.