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The textiles of India demonstrate skilful weaving techniques, inimitable colour combinations and fascination designs that make them a class apart in domestic & overseas markets.

BROCADE TEXTILES

Varanasi , an important silk weaving center is famous not only for its brocade or kinkab ((superb weaving in gold and silver), but also for the wide variety of techniques and styles. The brocades are distinguished by apt poetic names like chand tara (moon and stars) dhupchhaon (sunshine and shade), mazchar(ripples of silver), morgala (peacock’s neck), bulbul chasm (nightingale’s eyes).

Varanasi is also famous  for the tanchoi saree which resembles a fine miniature. 

Its origin can be traced to three Indian Parsi brothers by the name of Choi. In tanchoi sarees the designs are always floral with interspersing of birds.

Mubarakpur, is one of the important silk weaving centers in the area. Jamdani of ‘figured muslin’ traditionally woven in Dacca is now the speciality of Tanda in Faizabad. The cotton fabric is brocaded with cotton and sometimes with zari threads.

Each region has its typical technical skills and variations and the silk of Mysore , Kanchpuram, Murshidabad and Kashmir are as well known as the cotton sarees of Bengal or the cotton and silk maheshwaris of Madhya Pradesh. The famous ikat technique is used in the Patolas of Gujarat and Orissa.

Extreme softness, vivid colours and translucent texture characterizes the silk weaving of India .

EMBROIDERY

In the field of ornamentation, embroidery alone can match jewellery in splendour. It is expression of emotions, rendered with patient labour which induces grace and elegance into articles of everyday use.

Noor Jehan, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir is said to have introduced the art of chikan embroidery to Uttar Pradesh The chikan work of Lucknow, patterned on lace is delicate and subtle. The stitch by its sheer excellence provides ornamentation to the material. The charm lies in the minuteness of the floral motifs. Stitches used are satin stitch, button-hole stitch, dar stitch, knot stitch, netting and appliqué work which brings a charming shadowy effect on lace.

Embroidery done in metal wires by kalabattu or zari as it is popularly called, is in a class by itself. The heavier and more elaborate work is called zardozi. The ground material used is heavy silk, velvet or satin. Salma sitara, gijai, badla, katori, seed pearls are used for decoration. Kamdani, a lighter needle work done on lighter material, produces a lovely glittering effect, especially in designs known as hazara booti, thousans dots, done with zari thread. Kamdani is used for weaving apparel such as scarves, veils, caps etc.

HAND BLOCK PRINTING

The fabric is further decorated by printing designs on it. Hand block printing in India was the chief occupation of the chhipas – a community of printers. They used metal or wooden blocks to print designs on the fabrics by hand. This technique is in vogue even today.Besides Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh is also a veritable treasure-house of traditional designs which range from the classical booties, known as dots of Kanauj, to the universal Mango, to the famous Tree of Life. The great colour belt in India extends from the interior of Sind through the deserts of Kutch, Kathiawar, Rajasthan and Gujarat . Rajasthan and Gujarat are particularly noted for its bandhini design.

ETHNIC DRESSES

Smile, but do not laugh of you see a young Drench woman wearing a Kashmiri Shikara dress Rajasthani ghagra and choli. India being a land of various communities, you can be sure of falling to temptation of buying atleast half a dozen ethic dresses from various parts of the country. These are freely available in respective local markets.

IDEAL PLACES TO SHOP

Varanasi , Mysore , Kashmir, Lucknow , Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chennai, Kerala.  

So go ahead, shop to your heart’s delight and take home an exquisite, piece made in India , just for you.

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