Maheshwari sarees draw their name from the the temple town of Maheshwar, motifs of these sarees are inspired by temple architecture.
Ilkal Sarees are woven in cotton & silk and named after a town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.
Dabu is a form of mud resist printing, enchanting patterns in multiple tones of colour are created on fabrics using this technique.
Suf Embroidery is a form of embroidery where work begins on the reverse side of the cloth, counting warp and weft threads and then stitches are taken in between to create precise angular patterns.
Ajrakh is a hand blockprinting and dyeing tradition practised by the Khatri artisans of Kutch.
Hailing from the village of Bhujodi, Kutch hand woven motifs draw inspirations from their daily lives.
Jawaja Bags are vegetable tanned goods made using natural leather.
The natural leather footwear from Kohlapur is a quintessential part of the Indian ethnic ensemble.
Handmade in a sleepy little town of Channapatna near Bangalore, these toys are brilliant, vividly coloured made from natural wooden and enrobed in a soft, luminous sheen of lacquer.
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May 27, 2016
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The bandhni is a hallmark of intricacy and creativity. Tiny knots tied with such finesse, when revealed at times it resembles a sea , the swell of which will lift you and place you among the stars.
One cannot help but wonder how this craft from Gujarat has traveled the world and has left people awestruck. The secret lies in the technique practiced by the Khatri community, who have been handcrafting some of the best bandhni the country has to offer. During one of our visits to their homes, the Khatri artisans let us in on another secret on how the bandhnis have become so exquisite and intricate. The answer lies in the word - Envy.
Yes, envy. An emotion that conjures up feelings of the not so good . "Women have an inherent sense of competition", says Mr Khatri, he is quick to douse any chances of a fire and quickly pacifies our female friend who was travelling with us - "competition fuels creativity". He explains further, "Women carry out the process of tying the 'bindi' or tiny knots", (one of the most crucial processes in the making of the bandhni) over the years, women have developed a sense of healthy competition, the envy they feel when they see a good bandhni made by another woman, fuels their creativity and pushes them to make an even finer one."
This sense of competition has been channelized in the right manner and today the craft has benefited, the women have benefited (artisans run competitions with prizes for the best bandhni) and finally the customer is happy when she sees a bandhni dupatta, stole or saree made with such passion, the efforts of the community as a whole are visible.
"You see it is a win-win situation for everyone", says our artisan.
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