M in Indian women fashion

Comprising a vibrant and rich tapestry of styles and colors, Indian women’s fashion has evolved over the years. A reflection of the cultural heritage, it has also been influenced by regional styles and influences from the foreign land.
Let us look at the trends in M.


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A traditional draping style of the south Indian women, the madisar is longer than the usual 6-yard saree and is either 9 or 10 yards depending on the requirement. Worn by the married women of the Brahmin community the madisar is a symbol of cultural heritage.
The method of drape makes it easier for movement, though it takes a lot of practice to drape the madisar perfectly. It is a tradition in the Brahmin household that the madisar is to be worn for every religious function in the household. To make it much easier, we now have pre-stitched madisars that have all the pleats stitched.

Mekhela Chador

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A two-piece garment that has a long skirt-like cloth called mekhela and a cloth that drapes over the shoulder and back called the chador, the mekhela chador is the traditional attire of the Assamese women. An important part of Assamese tradition, it is worn by women during marriages and religious occasions.
Made in a variety of fabrics like silk, Muga, and cotton it is a symbol of luxury. Available in a variety of colors with motifs ranging from flora to fauna, and geometric designs, it is a very popular garment. It plays a very important role in the state’s wedding tradition and is worn by the brides. The women of the state wear it during Bihu and Durga puja as part of the tradition and respect.

Maheshwari weave

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A traditional handloom weaving technique originated in the town of Maheshwar, Uttar Pradesh, the Maheshwari weave is a blend of cotton and silk. Known for its lightweight and airy texture it gives a glossy shine and is durable.

The fabric is woven in such a way that both sides are identical and it can be reversible, so a great option for versatility. The jacquard weaving technique is used for creating designs and it gives good precision and detailing.

Mashru weave

A traditional handloom weave that uses silk and cotton threads, the mashru weave originated in Gujarat. The light and smooth fabric has silk in the inner layer and cotton on the outer layer making it durable and is also resistant to wear and tear. Cotton for the outer layer enabled comfort and the silk lining depicted beauty and luxury.

The weaving takes place in a pit loom that is manually operated using foot pedals and levers. The contrasting colors and patterns on the fabric when worn give a beautiful effect and the silk lining adds elegance.

Moirang phee

A traditional handloom weaving technique, the moirang phee originated in the MOirang town of the state of Manipur. It’s known for its intricate and colorful designs that depict the culture of the region.

Cotton that is locally sourced from the fields in Manipur is used to make the fabric, moirang phee. The light and airy nature of the fabric makes it best suited for hot and humid climates. The weaving is done on a pit loom by skilled manual labor.

Natural dyes from turmeric, indigo, and hibiscus flowers help in creating vibrant patterns such as birds, animals, and patterns that depict the local culture and tradition such as the folklore and mythology of Manipur.

Muga silk

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Originating in the Northeastern state of Assam, the Muga silk is a luxurious and unique fabric that is known for its unique golden color and lustrous texture. These unique characteristics, make it the most sought-after among silk lovers.

The Brahmaputra valley in Assam is where there is an abundance of som and sualu trees which is the food for the silk moth. Rearing the silk moth, extracting the fiber, and then weaving the fabric is a laborious process.
The silk known for its durability has a unique gold color which is from the yellow pigment of the cocoon. A symbol of the state’s rich tradition and history it also helps in preserving the cultural heritage of the state of Assam. It also forms a major part of contributing to the economy of the state.

Mysore silk

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Known for its exceptional quality and durability, the Mysore silk originates from the city of Mysore, Karnataka. The mulberry silkworms provide high-quality silk yarns that provide sheen and softness which is a unique characteristic of this silk.

A highly laborious process involves boiling the silkworm, extracting the yarn, and then weaving them into the fabric. The silk fabric is available in a variety of colors and designs made from jacquard weaving.

Thousands of people are involved in the extraction and weaving process which makes silk production a major contributor to the state economy. The production of silk adhering to quality standards is overseen by the Government.

This post is part of #blogchatterA2Z 2023.

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