Elegant Khesh Saree with Wax Batik work
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A little about Khesh:
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.
Many of the traditional weavers in Birbhum who have learnt the craft from their fathers agree on the fact that the technique of weaving with shreds of old sarees, called “khesh”, was started in Shilpa Sadan in the early 1920s. This was the vocational training centre that Rabindranath Tagore had set up in Sriniketan, adjacent to Santiniketan which was where his academic institute, Visva Bharati was set up.
Batik is a "resist" process for making designs on fabric. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas in the dyed fabric. The process, wax resist then dye, can be repeated over and over to create complex multicolored designs.
Batik is especially unique due to the way certain wax blends will "crackle" during handling, allowing lines of color to come through on resisted areas.
Batik masters employ a process of repeated waxing and tub dyeing to achieve their final result. This method requires mastery of color mixing and over-dyeing; as each layer of dye is applied over the last a new color is produced.
Washing and Maintenance Instructions :
Dry clean for first 3 washes, can be followed by mild hand wash..
Things to remember:
We try to match the colors/details of the products in the photos to the real ones, but please allow for minor color variation in the material in some cases, as sometimes the digital cameras miss the colors by a bit..
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