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!

Jute: The Golden Fibre!

Jute is a natural fibre which is 100% biodegradable and recyclable, also known as one of the strongest natural fibres. Due to its shiny, silky quality it is called as the Golden Fibre.  Jute has the ability to be blended with other synthetic and natural fibres, making it a refreshing change from plain old cotton sarees. Jute silk sarees come in a wide range of … Continue reading Jute: The Golden Fibre!

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

Linen: the sustainable and stylish fabric

Linen fabric Linen fabric is produced from fibre extracted from the stems of the flax plant and was an important textile before wool and cotton. The only fabric considered better than cotton, is linen. Due to its cooling properties and its absorbent nature, linen fibre is perfect to beat the heat. The earliest production of linen is found to be around 8,500 years ago. It … Continue reading Linen: the sustainable and stylish fabric

Care instructions for particular fabrics and garments

Jute and burlap fabric Since Jute fibres are weakened by water in nature, they are generally combined with cotton to add strength during cleaning. Dry cleaning is recommended for both Jute and Burlap cleaning, and if there are stains, it is best to get it cleaned by a professional cleaner. Jute items should be hand washed in cool water, using mild soap. They can be … Continue reading Care instructions for particular fabrics and garments

Know your fabric: Ajrak block printing

Ajrak printing is a unique form of woodblock printing technique that originated from Pakistan and neighbouring Indian districts of Kutch in Gujarat and Barmer in Rajasthan. Ajrak printing is embedded into the culture of Sindhi people owing to the traditions of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation. Just as block printing, the process of Ajrak printing begins with designs expertly hand-carved into wooden blocks before being … Continue reading Know your fabric: Ajrak block printing