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Decoding the love for Kanjeevaram

December 15, 2016

Decoding the love for Kanjeevaram

According to the Geographical Indication Description, India, an original Kanjivaram should be in the lustrous three-ply silk (called murukku pattu), real zari (thread made of gold or silver), with contrast borders (karai) in Korvai (an interlocking weaving technique by hand), and the pallu (thalaippu) in contrast to the body of the sari, joined by a technique called Petni. The Kanchipuram Silk Saree is hand-woven with dyed silk yarn woven from pure mulberry silk, with interleaved designs made with ‘Zari‘ that is made of gold or silver.

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The Patola weaves of Gujarat

October 22, 2015

The Patola weaves of Gujarat

Patola saris are a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word Patola is the plural form—The singular is patulu.  Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition. There are three families left in Patan that weave these highly prized double ikat saris. It can take six months to one year to make one sari. The craft of weaving them rests exclusively with the Salvi family in Patan who manufacture Patolas for royalty and aristocracy.

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Organic Cotton.. Facts, myths and FAQs

August 24, 2015

Organic Cotton.. Facts, myths and FAQs

Like organic foods 20­ years ago, the idea of organic cotton is confusing to many of us. It’s taken a little longer to catch on because the correlation isn’t as direct­. We don’t eat cotton fiber (at least we hope you don’t!) However, more people are becoming knowledgeable as to how the organic cotton movement is just as powerful and important as that of organic foods.

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The Mughals had Designs on us..

August 01, 2014

The Mughals had Designs on us..

Chikankari - the process of chikan - was basically invented in Lucknow. The origin of Chikankari is initiated by the influence of intricate carving patterns of Mughal architecture during their period. The Chikan work in Lucknow is older than 200 years and later it is patronized by Nawabs.

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December 09, 2013

Ajrak Printing - The Story of Ajrakpur

Ajrak is said to signify the Universe. Because of the use of color palate. Color red for earth, black for darkness, white for clouds and blue for Universe itself. Think moonless, think midnight, think darkness… the star spangled sky, against a stark blue-black background. This is what ajrakh (aka ajrak), meaning blue in Arabic, is likened to.

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November 09, 2012

The Stone Pottery of Longpi

 Longpi Pottery or Stone pottery is a traditional craft from Manipur. Longpi derives its name from the village Longpi in Manipur, India. Thankul Naga tribes practice this exceptional pottery style. A single village of 400 houses in the district Ukhrul of North - East Manipur, with perhaps just 200 artisans plying the craft, is the nerve center of Longpi earthernware.

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September 14, 2012

The Traditional art of Bandhini and Leheriya

 Leheriya (or leheriya, Lehariya) is a traditional style of tie dye practiced in Rajasthan, India that results in brightly colored cloth with distinctive patterns. The technique gets its name from the Rajasthani word for wave because the dyeing technique is often used to produce complex wave patterns

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August 06, 2012

Block Prints of Sanganer

 The village of Sanganer near Jaipur has been a major centre for very fine block-cutting and printing. Almost 500 years' old, Sanganeri printing gained high popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries in all European countries with its Calico prints and became one of the major exports of the East India Company.

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August 05, 2012

The Famous Chanderi Fabric

 Chanderi, which is amongst the best known handloom clusters, occupies a special place because of its centuries old weaving specialty of producing finely textured fabrics of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work, and more specifically because of its saris that have been patronized by royalty.

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July 22, 2012

The Famous Grass Mats of Pattamadai

 Pattamadai is the neighbour village to Cheranmahadevi, ranges about 3 Kilometers from Cheranmahadevi and 20 Kilometers from Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu ..India. Patamadai resides along the banks of the river Tamaraparani. It is world famous for its silken mats woven from grass.

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