Brocade – A Splendid Art of Ornamenting Fabric

Brocade has been one of the most fascinating techniques of embellishing a fabric in the history of textiles. Dating back to the Middle Ages, brocade fabric is often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. If the nobility throughout China, India, Greece, Japan, Korea and Byzantium adorned luxurious brocade outfits…

Cherish the Handcrafted Lustre of Silk

The quintessence of weddings, festivities and parties, silken elegance is every woman’s not-so-secret desire across generations. Did you know, the first loose end of a silk fiber from a silkworm cocoon was discovered accidentally by the Chinese Empress Si Ling-chi in 2698 BC? According to Chinese historians, the term “silk” is actually derived from her…

Dad’s the World

A day in May when lengthy and flowery paeans to Mother are overflowing on TV and Internet and also when marketing gurus find innovative ways to sell their greeting cards, flowers, clothes and a whole lot of accessories to her… Almost a month later comes another day in June. This time around, the paeans are…

Digital Prints for the Young Digital India!

  From setting up Wi-Fi hotspots across the country to availability of Internet in panchayats, PM Narender Modi’s digital India initiative envisages a smart futuristic India. It’s a bandwagon many businesses have jumped on to in order to make the most of the opportunity. The world of textiles discovered its own digital mantra in printing…

Why Should Girls Have All the Fun?

Be it a festival, wedding celebration, bday party or a formal do, it’s always women who are super excited about what to wear for the occasion. Well, if you thought it’s the XX chromosomes which makes them do so, ditch this theory! It’s simply because menswear fashion industry has always subscribed to this myth that…

Complete Fun in Half & Half

When the traditional six-yard gets an innovative twist, what emerges is an absolutely vibrant and funkier version of the drape — Half and Half saree. Funky, Young & Colourful It is called half and half because of the contrasting colour of one half of the saree with the other half. The saree continues to be the current sensation…

Eid Surprise for Your Small Wonders

As the days of Ramzan fasting inch closer towards Eid-ul-Fitr, the excitement is palpable. The salivating aromas of iftar spreads across cities get more tempting with each passing day. Bazars and souks all over the world are booming with goodies and shopping enthusiasts. Moms and dads, newly-wed couples, college-going youngsters — everyone’s out there to…

Tapestry of Embroidered Tales

It’s an art of embellishment which dates back in history to as far as 30,000 BC! Unbelievable, isn’t it?! Some fossilized remains of the period show that our early ancestors had heavily hand-stitched and decorated their clothing, footwear and headgear with embroidery. The largest tapestry of embroidery in the world is the Bayeux Tapestry in…

Kalamkari — A Slice of History

From the sultry lands of Andhra Pradesh emerges the art of Kalamkari: “Kalam” meaning pen and “kari” meaning craftsmanship. In the days of yore, groups of musicians, singers and artists called “chitrakattis” used large bolts of fabric to depict mythical stories and legends using dyes extracted from plants. These paintings came to be known as…

Life & Style in Black & White!

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” — Robert Frank, American photographer and documentary filmmaker. The combination of Black and White is an enchanting mix of two fascinating hues – one is the colour of mystery and sophistication…