Six traditional handmade printed fabrics of India, a must have in your ethnic wardrobe.
After a lot of research on world fashion and culture, I have got attracted to Indian handlooms and traditional prints as they are known the world over for their variety, detail, quality, richness and uniqueness.
India is not just a legendary in culture but art and fashion and has significantly proven the world with its significance internationally.
With great craftsmanship pouring in India today we are one of the largest exporters and fashion influencers in the world. Be it in florals, animal prints, abstracts or any other Indian print our artists endeavour each time to create something new and unique.
Here are some amazing fabric prints you should have in your ethnic Indian wardrobe:
Bandhani: In the roots of Gujarat and Rajasthan bandhani is one of the most colourful and recognised Indian prints. The word bandhani comes from the word ‘bandha’ which means to tie in Sanskrit. This kind of technique involves plucking the cloth, with fingernails, into many tiny bindings that form an innovative continuous design. The main characteristics of bandhani is dots, stripes, waves or squares formed by first tying small portions of fabric with continuous thread to form interesting patterns which are then dipped in different colors. Today designers prefer bandhani as a part of accessories like scarfs, etc.
Kalamkari: Is a term in Persian that translates to “the art of drawing with a pen”. Kalamkari was introduced by musicians and artists who would draw stories from Hindu mythology and floral patterns. The most significant aspect of this print is that these paintings are made of natural extracts. Kalamkari has the most inspiring prints and is worth all the money it demands.
Ikat: Is the most popular and trendy pattern especially when it comes to high fashion. Designers use ikat for menswear and women’s maxi dresses.
This oldest form of textile making involves a dyeing technique used to dye yarns before weaving them into a fabric. It creates patterns on textile through a resist dyeing process. The technique used either weft or warp yarns to weave a pattern. The characteristic of ikat is that it has blurriness as it requires immense skill on the part of the craftsman to limit the threads in place.
Ajrakh: Is the face of sustainability and eco friendly Indian fashion as it is completely made with vegetable dyes. It is a block printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background that creates a repeated pattern on the fabric using one single motif through stamping process. In case you plan to travel to Sindh, Rajasthan, Kutch and Gujarat don’t forget to shop for this rich intricate designer fabric. If you have plans to get inspired with Islamic designs or Jali effect on your wardrobe then ajrak is the right fabric to create a new ensemble.
Batik: An ancient form of tie and dye method was invented almost 2000 years back in the Middle East, Africa and India, batik is known for floral and earthy pallets. It uses wax resist technique instead of tying up the fabric to create beautiful patterns on fabric.
Team a plain white kurta with a batik dupatta for that colourful and elegant feeling.
Patola: Made in the Patan region of Gujarat, patola is a double ikat weave made with created silk, cotton and blends. It is one of the most expensive textiles due to the complex method of making the fabric. The patola fabric was created in the 12th century and it termed as royal fabric of India. Patola is made by dyeing thread separately and weaving it to create a continuous geometric series of patterns. Zari patola saree is a must in your wardrobe.
(Write is head designer at KANDIDA)