Tribal Block Print Fabrics In Rural Rajasthan

The dots on this fabric are reminiscent ofĀ bor, a small, round fruit that grows well in Rajasthan’s harsh, desert climate and is widely enjoyed there.Ā  The design is worn by married women of the Kumhar (potters) and Chaudhury (owners of small landholdings) communities.Ā  The dots are also said to represent theĀ matkas, round vessels for storing drinking water, made by the Kumhars.Ā 


Tangaliya is 700 years old traditional hand weaving technique, Legend tells us that centuries ago, in the stark landscape of Saurashtra, a Bharwad man married a woman from the weaver community amidst great opposition from both sides. Nevertheless, it was a marriage that would forever influence the rich tapestry of Indian craft. The children born to them were known as Dangasia, born of shepherds and weavers, and they created the art of Tangaliya weaving.

Handcrafted Textiles of Benares

A Banarasi sari is a sari made in Varanasi, the holy city of India which is also called Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk and decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.

History of a weave – Baluchari Sarees

The Baluchari Saree originated in West Bengal, and is mainly worn by the women of India and Bangladesh. It is a hand woven saree using richly dyed silk, with intricate motifs depicting Indian mythology woven onto its large ā€˜palluā€™. Baluchari takes a week to be woven, and the craftsmen are largely centered in Murshidabad.


Venkatagiri Sarees are handwoven zari cotton sarees popular for their Jamdani style weaving pattern. Coming from the historic town of Venkatagiri in the state of Andhra Pradesh,Ā VenkatagiriĀ Sarees are one of the softest and most durableĀ south sareesĀ in India. They are usually of six yards and are suitable for all climates. The distinctive feature of a Venkatagiri saree is a bigĀ JamdaniĀ motif of a peacock, parrot, swan, mango or leaf in the pallu. The fine weaving and unique zari designs of the sarees made them the preferred choice of royalty in Andhra Pradesh.


Sarees usually carry the name of the place of their origin, and the places where silk sarees are woven are indeed a great many in India! At other times the sarees are given names usually descriptive of their weave or appearance. Each state has its own time-tested traditions of sarees, carrying names in the vernacular, sometimes varying from village to village. This glossary is limited to a mere introduction to the more popular handwoven silk sarees.


The great trinity of Indian wedding sarees include the Kanchipuram silk, the Banarasi silk and the Dharmavaram silk. ” The handloom favourite of saree connoisseurs and modern brides ”Ā 


Kantha(also spelled Kanta, and Qanta) is a type of embroidery typical of eastern South Asia, especially in the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, and in Bangladesh. In Odisha, old saris are stacked on each other and hand-stitched to make a thin piece of cushion.

Hand Block Printing of ahmedabad

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1. Baluchari Saris: Also called theĀ silks of Bengal,Ā Baluchari saris are product of exquisite design and fabulous weaving technique, produced in the town of Baluchar in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The field of the sari is embellished with smallĀ butisĀ whereas the borders are generally wide designed with repeat motifs from theĀ palluĀ or beautiful floral designs. The end-piece […]

Koraput ā€“ Reviving Odishaā€™s Timeless Craft

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The Untold Tales of Khesh Weaving

The khesh weaving process is simple. The warp is with new yarn and the weft is with strips of thin cloth obtained by tearing old sarees length wise. Because of the tradition of khesh weaving in Birbhum in the last many years, a market for old sarees has come up in Amodpur, where old sarees […]

Reviving the Lost and Forgotten

When the history of Indiaā€™s crafts and textiles is written, it will speak of treasures that once occupied a pride of place in the lives of royalty. These are today lost in the annals of time, fighting to survive the dynamics of the contemporary marketplace. However, there is a breed of revivalists and designers who […]

Katnaā€™s Kantha: Crafting Lives in Murshidabad, Bengal

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The Embroidery of Life : Needle Crafts and Colors of Kutch

Amidst the barren desert landscape of the western border towns of India, smatterings of color are a representation of life, appearing as adornments on the bodies of the beautiful tribes. Embroidery, here, is not a glorious vocation but part of the daily fabric of how a day is spent. It isnā€™t uncommon to walk among […]

Ajrakh Legends

Ajrakh is believed to be a symbolic representation of the universe, the blue representing the night sky, the red denoting twilight and the white geometric motifs signifying the stars in the dark sky. Their fingernails are the color of the midnight sky, and their eyes gleam like diamonds when they talk with passion about the […]

The delicate art of Chikankari

The quintessential saree has remained one of the most favourite canvasses for Indian weavers. Craftsmen from all over the country have found an unadulterated freedom of expression in this nine yards of fabric, and perhaps this is why India is home to some of the finest handloom fabric traditions since time immemorial. One such beautiful […]

Textile Discoveries

Excavations at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro have unearthed bone needles and wooden spindles, clearly suggesting that homespun cotton was used to make garments. In fact, fragments of woven cotton have also been discovered from these sites. Historically renowned for itā€™s textiles, Indiaā€™s woven love story dates back several centuries. The first mention of textiles in India […]

Jamdani ā€“ A Wondrous Weave

Apart from being a land of deep-seated culture, with colorful festivals, rich literature, varied languages and dialects, and an unparalleled heritage of classical music and dances, India is also a land of expert craftsmen and master weavers, who literally weave magic on the looms! One such magical weave is that of the Jamdani, which is […]


The quintessential saree has remained one of the most favourite canvasses for Indian weavers. Craftsmen from all over the country have found an unadulterated freedom of expression in this nine yards of fabric, and perhaps this is why India is home to some of the finest handloom fabric traditions since time immemorial. One such beautiful […]


If one could talk of a legend in weaves,Ā Patola silksĀ would be the very epitome of it. Once an exclusive inheritance of royalty and aristocracy, patola sarees were and still are a prized possession, worn exclusively on special occasions like vedic rituals and weddings. Patola sarees are considered sacred in a number of communities. These handwoven […]


Before we see the process in detail illustrated with images, the laborious & artistic process can be summarized briefly as followsā€¦ IKAT – is a type of weaving where the warp, weft or both are tie-dyed before weaving to create designs on the finished fabric. Great care must be taken in tying resist areas with […]

Exquisite Jamdani

Introduction and etymology Belonging to a region where exemplary craftsmanship seems to be the norm, Jamdani stands heads and shoulders above other comparable forms of textiles. One of the finest and most celebrated examples of Mughal brilliance in art and craft, Jamdani is an exquisite and laboriously weaved form of muslin whose earliest origins are […]

The Benarasi Story

Introduction and etymology One of the most recognisable and popular saris of India, Benarasi silk saris remains one of the most coveted possessions of women in Northern India. Originating from the ancient holy city of Varanasi, these saris are known for their gold or silver brocades and painstakingly exquisite engravings. Because of its weighty embellishments […]

Handcrafted Kalamkari

Introduction and etymology The ancient craft of Kalamkari can be traced back to 3000 B.C with the hand painted fabrics discovered at the sites of Mohenjadaro. Kalamkari or Qalamkari is derived from two Persian words Qalam (Pen) and Kari (Craftsmanship) that literally means ā€˜hand paintingā€™ designs on fabrics using a bamboo or tamarind pen with […]


Ikat, or ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.

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The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work.

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