Tribal Block Print Fabrics In Rural Rajasthan

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

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.

Hand Block Printing of ahmedabad

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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 isn’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 it’s textiles, India’s woven love story dates back several centuries. The first mention of textiles in India […]

Jamdani – 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 […]


If one could talk of a legend in weaves, Patola silks 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 follows… 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 […]

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 ‘hand painting’ designs on fabrics using a bamboo or tamarind pen with […]

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