India is home to one of the finest textile work and industry in the world. Renowned for the dying, weaving and surface embellishment the textile work of India shows the experience of artisan in its work and is the finest textile artisanship of the world.
The textile history has been primarily governed by various factors like the migratory weavers, foreign invasions and religious influences. The artisanship and tools vary from region to region resulting in varying finest work.
Under Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadeshi movement, focus was on the hand spinning and hand weaving Khadi providing with political and economic boost to the indian artisans.
India’s ancient technique of vegetable dyetill this date is being used in certain parts of the world. The indian dyers craftsmanship and mastery has been unparalled and unmatched throughout the world. The technique is believed to be 100 BCE old though evidences can ben find in 6th century Ajanta caves fresco paintings.
Embroidered textiles, is a feminine art where young girls learn the skills from their mothers and involves creation of beautiful expressions over the fabric with the help of a tool like needle.
Dyed textiles are primarily of two types, tied dyed textiles (Bandhani) and they are primarily famous of Gujarat and Rajasthan regions while the other is Ikat i.e Yam resist dyed textiles and they are primarily famous of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh regions.
The traditional method of printing design was done using wooden blocks and designs were printed using vegetable dyes to create bright eye popping colours and then the cotton fabric was bonded with the dyes using mordants to give the perfect shape and colour.
The richness and diversity of India’s woven textiles are talked about for the last two thousand years in the global market. Foreigners, local travelers and writers have described the textures, quality and the designs of Indian fabrics in great detail. Woven textiles of India till this date in unmatched and one can be sure of that by comparing the samples to any other production line.