#DYK: 20 things you did not know about Indian weaves

Whether it is the bold use of gold in the Benarasi silk or the delicate softness of the Pashmina, each weave tells a unique tale – of the land that bore it, the hands that made it, and the person who flaunts it.


Earlier this week, we wove our way across the length and breadth of India’s rich and ancient traditions of handloomed and handcrafted textiles.

This poster series gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making your favourite drapes. Whether it is the bold use of gold in the Benarasi silk or the delicate softness of the Pashmina, each Indian weave tells a unique tale – of the land that bore it, the hands that made it, and the person that flaunts it.

 

1. Non-violent silk from Assam

Eri Silk

2. Imagine how long it takes for an entire saree to be born

Eri Saree

3. Shines like the sun and gets softer with every wash!

Muga

4. The print that tests your patience

Ajrakh

5. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Ilkal

6. Counting threads

Kasuti

7. Colours of the earth

Dyeing

8. Each of these saris has a story to tell, quite literally

Baluchari

9. Quid pro quo

Fabrics for Spices.

10. Part of every Indian bride’s trousseau

Brocade

11. Fabric or art?

Batik

12. The ‘soft gold’ of Kashmir

Pashmina

13. The silk of summer?

Tussar

14. One hundred years of waiting

Jamawar

15. To tie or not to tie?

Ikat

16. Double benefit

Double Ikat

17. What a beautiful web they weave

Bodo

18. Silk or Cotton. How about both?

Gadwal

19. Wedding scenes in silk and gold

Paithani

20. Tie and Dye

Sambalpuri

 

 

The quiz is brought to you with inputs from The Ants Store, Bangalore. Visit the Ants Store this festive season for the launch of a limited edition of handcrafted sarees from Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Kashmir. The exhibition and sale are on from October 9 – October 11, 2015. 

 

The Sustainable Fashion Hub is a series that examines shifts in the the global fashion industry to more sustainable and ethical practices and processes, with a special focus on India. It explores what goes into creating a just and sustainable fashion value chain – from the creation of garments and lifestyle accessories to making them available to consumers. All content on the hub is produced with 100% editorial independence by The Alternative. 

The Hub is supported by logo, India’s first certified organic fashion designer brand in India. With products that are directly sourced from organic cotton farmers at fair trade terms. Bhu:Sattva® uses natural colours, vegetable and herb dyes and goes further to work on reviving various forms of traditional weaving and handloom. Information on its products and processes can be found at http://www.bhusattva.com

 


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