Ikat: The millennium old weaving technique

Edric Ong from World Craft Council Asia Pacific Region, co-curator of the exhibition, designer and artist, says, “The technique of ikat is practised in at least 28 to 30 countries across all the continents. It is therefore global and stretches across the five regions of the World Crafts Council.” The best thing about ikat is that it is exclusive to the country where it comes … Continue reading Ikat: The millennium old weaving technique

Bamboo fibre: A good luck charm!

Bamboo plants are famously said to be lucky and auspicious according to principles of Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra. They make for amazing house warming gifts or act as a good luck charm for people starting a new journey. But what a lot of people don’t know is that this cute, indoor plant has also made its way graciously into the fabric textile industry. Bamboo … Continue reading Bamboo fibre: A good luck charm!

Pineapple fibre for the summer

A refreshing summery fruit that’s great for the heat and keeps your digestion problems at bay, it’s yellow in colour, great for aesthetics and your best friend while vacationing on exotic beaches. You’ve guessed it right, we’re talking about pineapples! But what I bet you didn’t know about these luscious fruits is that pineapple fibre is a great ingredient for the making of some beautiful … Continue reading Pineapple fibre for the summer

The making of Banana fibre sarees

In today’s day and age, where everything from dark chocolate to rice has become organic, why should the fashion industry be left behind? Banana fibre sarees are not only organic and biodegradable, but they also give an exotic, rich look and are completely cruelty-free! About 500 grams of fibre is required to create one saree and each banana stem would provide about 150 grams of … Continue reading The making of Banana fibre sarees

The uniqueness of Tangail handloom sarees

Each handwoven saree has its own story. It brings with it the glory of their hometown, the pain, sorrows, joy, sweat and tears that go into their hard work. Originating from West Bengal, this technique was first begun by a small community of people called the Basak Community. This set of people later settled in Tangail, a district of Bangladesh. Since the weather was in … Continue reading The uniqueness of Tangail handloom sarees

The process of Ajrak block printing

Traditionally, in Rajasthan, Ajrak printing required various stages of dyeing with the help of natural material-based dyes. The most common colours used for Ajrak printing are Indigos and blues. These dyes are painted on carved wooden blocks which contain intricate designs and patterns. Earlier, this process required professional wood carvers, but over time and due to a larger demand for the product, a lot of … Continue reading The process of Ajrak block printing