What is that prolific thing from India that makes it’s regular presence felt on every designer’s mood boards all around the world? India’s rich natural resources for making and decorating textiles are unrivaled. From our age old tie and dye techniques and zardosi work, designers all over the world continue to incorporate our vibrant style in their fashion process. Lets look at India’s epoch defining offerings to the world.
Ajrakh, Arabic word for indigo, a blue plant found in Kutch, Gujarat. Ajrakh patterns use complex geometry to create starry constellations in indigo, madder, black, and white across lengths of cloth. The shapes and motifs of Ajrakh echo the architectural forms of Islamic architecture’s intricate and jali windows. Practiced by local communities in Kutch and in Sindh in Pakistan, the double sided block printed continues to make it presences felt as it still uses natural dyes.
Again a tie and dye decorated by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design. The term “bandhani” derives its name from the Hindi word Bandhan which means tying up. Bandhani is an ancient art practiced by people mainly of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer and Jamnagar are among the important centers producing odhnis, saris and turbans in bandhani. Many designers are reinventing bandhani with a modern twist.
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The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot. Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practiced for centuries. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the designers the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way.
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One of the most popular textiles that boast of a rich history and heritage is the Jamdani sari. Popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai, forms an integral part in Bengali women’s wardrobe. The word “jam” meaning flower and “dani” meaning vase, is suggestive of the beautiful floral motifs on the saris. It is one of the most labor intensive weaving. Many international designers are going gaga over these art of India.
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.These are harmoniously arranged diagonal stripes, which were originally, dyed in the auspicious colors of yellow and red. Dyeing is accomplished by the tie-resist method in Lehariya where the patterns are made up of innumerable waves respectively. The recent hit of Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar , Dhadak has many varieties of Lehariya used.
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Ikat fabric are also been known for their distinctive style and unparalleled beauty. If you have had ever used one you would know how unique they are. It is a resist dyeing process, where bundles of yarn are tightly wrapped together and then dyed as many times as is required to create the desired pattern. This dyeing process is different because the yarns are dyed before being woven into cloth. In most of the other resist-dyeing techniques, like batik for example, it is the final cloth and not the yarn, that’s dyed. Ikat has been talk of the town specially in summers because of their light fabric and cool designing motifs.
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