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chinese silk in Wuzhen, China
Chanderi Design
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Cotton Ikats

Ikat fabric is a dyeing technique used to create a distinct style of textile patterns. Ikat is done by resist dyeing sections of the yarns prior to weaving the fabric. In ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered to create a new pattern and the yarns dyed again with another colour. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate, multi coloured patterns. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed and the yarns are woven into cloth.

Chanderi Fabric

Chanderi is a traditional ethnic fabric characterized by its lightweight, sheer texture and fine luxurious feel. Chanderi fabric is produced by weaving in silk and golden Zari in the traditional cotton yarn that results in the creation of the shimmering texture. The fabric borrowed its name from the small town Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh where traditional weavers practice the art of producing textured sarees in cotton and silk decorated with fine zari work. This fabric can be classified into three types – Chanderi silk cotton, pure silk and Chanderi cotton. Traditionally, Chanderi fabric was primarily used in weaving Sarees and Salwar Kameez material.

Kala Cotton

Kala Cotton is one of the few genetically pure cotton species remaining in India, and one of the only species of pure, old world cottons to be cultivated today on a large scale. Wagad cotton, an indigenous cotton variety grown in some areas of Kutch, is rain-fed, resilient to pests and diseases and requires little care. The ‘by default organic’ Wagad cotton now has an organic certification and was branded as Kala Cotton in 2010-11. It forms a strong, coarse, stretchable fibre that is often used in denim. As it is difficult to produce fine quality textiles with it, as its short staple length translates to fewer twists per inch of yarn, over time its use has diminished significantly in mainstream markets. Today, the Kala Cotton Initiative encourages sustainable cotton textile production in harmony with local ecology. It has since been used to make sustainable, modern-day goods.

Muslin Fabric

Lightweight and breathable, muslin is a loose plain weave cotton material that dates back to Ancient India. Today, muslin’s value is in its versatility and it is used in everything from photography backdrops to cooking to surgical procedures. In the 1600s, it became a popular material for clothing as it was lightweight, easily washed, and versatile. It was also less expensive than silk or linen cambric. It’s used by crafters, set designers, photographers, and chefs.

Wool Fabrics

Wool fabric is made from the natural fibers that form the fleece of animals such as sheep, goats, rabbits, camels, and more.

Alpaca

A versatile medium-weight wool fabric used for many purposes like high-end suiting, coats, blankets, outerwear lining, and bedspreads lustrous fabric that’s soft, lightweight, warm, and durable. There are two breeds of alpaca—Huacaya and Suri—that produce different types of wool: Huacaya fleece is thicker and often used for knit items, while Suri is silkier and used more in woven apparel.

Angora

Taken from the Angora rabbit (not the Angora goat which produces mohair wool), angora is soft and fluffy that retains the most heat and has the best moisture-wicking ability of any natural fiber. Since Angora fibers are fragile, Angora is often blended with other fibers to make it stronger. Due to a combination of its valuable attributes and difficult cultivation process, Angora wool products are typically very expensive.

Camel hair

A luxurious and warm fine wool with a natural golden-brown colour, camel hair is typically combined with other less expensive types of wool to make it softer and more economical. Camel hair coats first became popular in the United States among polo players in the 1920s. Today, the softer undercoat of camels is still used for coats and other apparel, while its coarser outer hair is used as backing for carpets and upholstery.

Cashmere

One of the most luxurious natural fibers, which results in an incredibly soft and lightweight fabric. Cashmere is costly because it’s difficult to obtain (fibers must be combed from cashmere goats instead of sheared), and the cashmere goat produces a very scarce amount of cashmere wool per year. One other downside of cashmere is that it’s not as durable as sheep’s wool.

Lambswool

Also known as “virgin wool” since it’s taken from a baby sheep’s first shearing when it’s only several months old, lambswool is extremely soft, hypoallergenic, and is difficult to wrinkle. Since every sheep can only produce lambswool once, it’s a rarer and more expensive wool to purchase.

Melton

One of the toughest and warmest wools available, Melton contains thick wool fibers and is typically woven into a twill weave fabric. Melton is relatively wind-resistant and good at water-wicking, making it one of the more weatherproof wools and a prime choice for woolen outerwear and heavy blankets.

Merino

This superfine, shiny wool is one of the softest types of wool and is perfect for regulating body temperature in both cold and hot weather, making it a popular choice for athletic apparel. Merino wool comes from the Merino sheep.

Mohair

Sheared from the angora goat, mohair is a lustorous but durable wool that drapes well and is often woven into a plain weave. Despite being relatively lightweight, it has good insulation to keep you warm. Mohair is often used in dresses, suits, baby clothes, sweaters, and scarves.

Tussar / Wild silk

This is silk made from wild silkworms that live on oak leaves. This is coarser in nature and heavier. The alternate name for this silk is Tussah/ Tusser.

Mulberry silk

This Silk is made from fibers given by the domesticated silkworms species knowns as Bombyx mori fed exclusively on Mulberry leaves. Mulberry silk is a general category rather than the name of silk and this category dominates the world silk production by about 80%.

Eri Silk

This is the silk produced from silkworm species called Philosamia ricini, which feeds on castor oil plant leaves. The silk is a white or brick-red variety.

Muga Silk

This is a golden yellow silk produced by strong silk fibers made from the silk worm Antheraea assamensis found in Assam state in India

Spider Silk

The silk fibers spun by the spider is said to be as strong or even stronger than steel and very elastic. The commercial and industrial possibilities of spider silk are not yet fully explored.

Sea silk

This is a silk fabric made from long silky filaments secreted by mussels. This silk fabric is said to be even finer than all other silks and keeps you warm

Pure silk

This is silk fabric which is made with silk fibers which have been cleaned off the gum but to which no additives are added to compensate for the weight lost in boiling and cleaning the fibers. It is the purest and finest of silk

Raw silk

Silk fiber as it comes from the cocoon is coated with a protective layer called silk gum, or sericin which is very stiff. Raw silk is a fabric made from this fiber without removing the gum

Silk Shantung

This is a medium weight to heavyweight slubbed silk with a crisp feel. A wild silk made from silkworms fed on oak tree leaves. The Indian silk shantung is called Tussah silk. It is a very shiny, coarse but delicate fabric. It is lightweight and airy and do not wrinkle much.

Silk organza

Silk organza is a sheer crisp lightweight strong and durable silk fabric with a loose weave and smooth texture, made of non-degummed plain weave silk. It looks like silk gauze but silk organza is heavier and stiffer. The fine yarns that make this fabric make it see-through. This fabric creases easily.
It is nowadays mostly used for making linings and for making veils and undergowns. You can also use this to make facings for sheer fabrics. This fabric is also the base for embellished fabrics (embroidered applique pieces, beaded fabrics etc)

Silk Brocade

These are silk blend fabric with Jacquard patterns woven on a heavyweight twill/satin base. This is mostly used in home furnishings, for making wedding gowns and costumes and to make jackets. You need lightweight brocade for making clothes. May have rayon fibers added.

Silk Crepe

Silk crepe is a lightweight textured silk fabric with a good sheen. Canton Crepe silk is a soft fabric with a fine crinkly surface; it is heavier than Crepe de chine. Crepon is a heavier crepe in silk.

BAGH

An indigenous printing technique from the state of Madhya Pradesh, the name originates from the Bagh district, where it is most practised. It essentially refers to a technique of block printing by hand where the colours used are absolutely natural. The designs have been inspired by paintings of the Taj Mahal, flowers, mushrooms and others. The process includes the use of geometric designs and bright colours, and the chemical properties of the river are used to the maximum benefit to obtain the most unique shades. From cotton, silk, chiffon to bamboo chicks, this process can be carried out on a variety of fabrics. The fabric after removal of starch is made to undergo what is known as the “bhatti process” which includes boiling, drying and subsequently printing. This kind of block printing has seen widespread popularity and received the support of the state as well as the central governments.

KALAMKARI

Distinct kinds of cotton hand printed or block printed material; kalamkari originates in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In earlier days, singers, poets and scholars used to paint accounts of stories from Hindu mythology which ultimately led to the generation of kalamkari prints. It has been practised by families and generations over the ages. After stiffening and drying the cloth, it is printed is different phases according to the colour scheme. Wax is used while dyeing the areas blue and the remaining areas are hand painted. A bamboo stick with a bundle of fine hair is used as a brush while painting.
Ramayana, Mahabharata are used as primary themes, and this art form depicts India in all its past glory.

AJRAK

A particular kind of block printed shawls from the western states in India where they display designs made using block printing by stamps.
They originated in the very ancient Mohenjo-Daro civilisation, and the legacy has carried on ever since. Woodblock printing gives rise to very geometric shapes and patterns. Vegetable dyes and other natural dyes are used for the process, and this garment is a symbol of the area’s culture and heritage.

DABU

Dabu or daboo originates in Rajasthan and is a beautiful mud resist hand block printing technique. It survived the test of time with some difficulty and is a time-consuming printing technique involving many phases and a great amount of labour. Supposedly, dabu printing and eventually, Rajasthan became the most popular centre of it. The designs are similar to the “batik” style of printing, but the techniques used for the two are vastly different. A very complicated process, it involves phases of washing, hand printing, use of mud resist and drying. Plants, flowers and different motifs are core components of this kind of block printing, and the technique is practised in various villages in Rajasthan.

GOLD AND SILVER DUST

Dust of precious metals like gold and silver is used in this age-old technique to give textiles a feel of exquisite zardosi and the sparkle of gold. Over the ages, the technique has adopted the use of more affordable metals like mica and chamki. Rajasthan specialises in this kind of block printing. What is notable about this technique is the use of already printed, dyed, and finished textiles as it only involves work on the surface without much permeability. A roghan gum paste with castor oil is used. Two different blocks are used, and through perforations, the gum paste is squeezed in a pattern on the textile. Then the metal dust is sprinkled on top of this to add the necessary amount of shine and glitter. Small dots and dashes comprise most designs.

SANGANERI

Sanganeri, a kind of block printing that originated in Rajasthan, adorns home decor materials as well as apparel. This handicraft developed over the ages and saw contributions when people from neighbouring states like Gujarat migrated due to wars. A hand printing technique which involves laying out of the material on tables and then printing using blocks with intricate designs. The fabric is marked before, so that symmetry of design is maintained. Beautiful floral designs with buds, flowers, leaves, mangoes and even jhumkas sometimes are part of the detailed designs on the blocks.

BANDHANI

A tie and dye technique that dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, bandhani is popular amongst all. The cloth is plucked by fingernails into tiny bindings and then dyed. A design made up primarily of dots of different sizes against a backdrop of bright colours mark bandhani.

LEHERIYA

A simple dyeing technique popular in Rajasthan, it results in striped textiles in a huge variety of bright colours. Cotton or silk cloth is subjected to resist dyeing. In earlier times, five different colours were used, and natural dyes were the chosen form of colours. The technique is named after the pattern it forms, that is, waves, which is called Leheriya in Rajasthan. The cloth is tied and folded in a manner that the colour is applied only in a particular pattern on the textile.

BATIK

This kind of prints revolve around selective soaking of cloth in a colour and preferentially printing it using wax. The process includes soaking, beating, drawing of patterns, applying of wax and other techniques. A wax-resist dyeing technique, this process is applied to the whole length of the cloth. Either a spouted tool or a copper stamp called cap is used for this.

BAGRU

Being popular Jaipur in Rajasthan, the printing technique is laborious but produces exquisite results. Over 100 years old, this technique has been developed by families and handed down traditionally in Rajasthan.
Washing, hard dyeing, drying and other parts form the core of the printing process. Blocks are placed from left to right and slammed hard on the fabric. The fabric is dried afterwards. They are then washed and boiled and finally rinsed to get the final product. All the block printing techniques and tie and dye prints that are practised in India boast of the rich culture and heritage of the country. Creativity, craftsmanship and a whole lot of effort go into keeping these printing techniques alive and trending around the globe. Different designs and techniques contribute to the popular saying of “unity in diversity”. The variety of different colours coupled with intricate designs is a rich source of culture that has been handed down and delicately preserved in the country. They deserve all the patronage and love that they can get.