Z in Indian women fashion

We have finally reached the end, does this mean the trends end here? No way. We already know that it keeps changing with time. But I know that you can find a lot of ideas from the posts here and give it your own twist and voila you may even bring out a trend sooner.
For Z we are going to be exploring zari. Wait does that even need an introduction here in India? No right. A type of thread that is either gold or silver wire which adorns traditional fabrics like sarees, lehengas, and dupattas, the zari is an integral part of the textile and fashion industry.

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A popular choice for traditional events like marriages and other religious occasions the zari adds a touch of elegance and opulence to the fabric making it appear rich and luxurious.
The Persian and Turkish artisans introduced the zari concept during the reign of the Mughal emperors. This art was refined during the Mughal era and perfected to be made into garments for royalty. The zari became an integral part of the attire for Royalty in the Mughal era.

Skilled artisans require precision and attention to detail when they work on this labour-intensive process of weaving the zari. The gold or the silver wire is twisted with cotton or silk making it durable and then being woven into the fabric to create embroideries and embellishments. It is then woven into patterns and motifs.

Zari adds a touch of luxury and elegance to the garment when it is used to create intricate patterns, designs, and motifs on sarees, lehenga, and traditional wear. A simple zari motif can make a normal-looking dress appear grand.

Banarasi zari is one of the popular forms of zari work. Banarasi saree has intricate zari works which make it one of the most luxurious sarees in the country. The banarasi saree with zari is one of the finest fabrics in India. Real gold or silver is used in the zari for Banrasi sarees and has intricate motifs, designs, and patterns for a grandeur look.

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Zardosi embroidery is another popular form, where the zari thread is used along with beads and sequins. It is a painstaking process that requires a lot of patience and precision. Since it is handmade it takes a lot of time to complete a single piece of fabric, that depends on how complex the design is.

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Even today skilled artisans work tirelessly to create exquisite pieces with stunning designs and motifs which are the hallmark of the Indian fashion Industry.

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Y in Indian women fashion

We are almost at the tail end of knowing about Indian women’s fashion trends from A-Z. We have covered everything from fabrics, weaves, techniques, and dresses and we now come to the most important element that forms the basis. Yes, we are talking about yarn. Let us look.

Known for its rich textile heritage, it won’t be a surprise that India is the supplier of most of the famous yarns across borders. Yarns play a significant role in creating stunning fabrics which are an integral part of the Indian fashion Industry.

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A widely used yarn is cotton known for its versatility and durability. From sarees to salwar kameez to even handkerchiefs, the fabric is sweat absorbent and is great for hot and humid climates. It is not only the most sought out in the country but also across the world for its softness and absorbing capability. The cotton yarn is a great choice to add vibrant colors to fabrics.

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Being one of the largest producers of silk and exquisite silk fabrics, India is famous worldwide for the quality of the silk yarn. From sarees, lehengas to most luxurious traditional garments silk is the most preferred fabric for its richness. The yarn is priced for its strength, sheen, and softness making it a great choice for special occasions like marriages.

Though India may not be a producer of wool, importing it to make sweaters, cardigans, and coats. A lot of women took to the art of knitting and is widely popular across the states.

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A lightweight breathable fabric is linen that is now becoming popular. Great for everyday wear in tropical regions where the climate is hot and humid, linen is a popular yarn used in the fashion industry.

When it comes to bags and footwear, which are accessories, jute is a widely used natural fabric that is sustainable, robust, and durable. It gives a unique and earthy texture to the products and is also eco-friendly.

As time passes and trends evolve, yarns that are recycled and sustainable like bamboo and hemp are also used because they are environment friendly and play their part in reducing the carbon footprint of the Indian Fashion Industry.

The next thing that comes to your mind is yellow and when we think of yellow, our mind immediately strikes dressing up for the haldi ceremony to which the color is mostly associated with.

Here are a couple of yellow outfit ideas for the next haldi ceremony that you want to attend.

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  • A yellow mirrorwork lehenga in raw silk goes perfectly great for haldi ceremony.
  • An asymmetrical yellow dress is great as an Indo-western outfit for haldi ceremony.
  • A yellow and green lehenga with mirror work and a light tinge of pink here and there is a great choice.
  • A plain yellow saree with a bright-colored half-sleeve blouse.
  • A yellow cotton saree with a bright orange bandhni blouse.
  • A layered yellow skirt, embroidered blouse, and lots of accessories.
  • A monotone yellow skirt with a blue blouse.
  • A yellow skirt and neon green blouse is sure to rock the party.
  • A yellow saree with minimal gota patti work.
  • A complete yellow lehenga heavily embellished with beads, stones, and exquisite embroidery.

Yellow cannot only be styled for haldi but also for other wedding festivities.

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  • A yellow lehenga with a net dupatta for the cocktail party is a great outfit option.
  • A yellow silk kurta with a matching skirt and dupatta is just awesome.
  • A ruffle saree in yellow with a statement blouse is great for the wedding.
  • A yellow Anarkali can be worn as a gown for an engagement or even a cocktail party.
  • A simple saree with a gold border and a heavy blouse aress great for cocktail parties.

A cheerful color yellow is sure to make heads turn if you style it alone or even with vibrant combinations.

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X in Indian women fashion

We have discussed fabrics, weaves, colors, and works; for X, let us discuss sizes. Be you a size XS or 3Xl or more, Indian women’s fashion trend is all game for everyone. With designers creating a multitude of pieces for plus size, we now have options that let you amp up the style quotient.

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We have moved on from a period where we were told that there are no sizes beyond XL, to a period where we crossed that this store does not cater to the plus-size category. Gone are the days when it raised eyebrows when we mentioned an XXL. We have now come to the period where we find plus size clothes as comfort wear. Who does not love an oversized shirt to crash at home?

Social media has played a major role in letting people know that body positivity awareness must spread. People should not feel shy about how they look and in fact be bold to dress up and show up. Body-positive, plus-size influencers on Instagram had a major role in bringing in the shift among the masses. Be it their styling ideas, sourcing of garments, or even the way they carry themselves gave people the confidence to be proud of what they are.

Gone are the times, people sit at home thinking that they do not have anything to wear or have run out of options. The fashion industry has opened doors to a new segment of plus-size fashion that not only caters to women in plus-size but also to wear who wanted to dress comfortably.

Women began to love themselves for who they are. They are now confident in their own skin and do not worry about the eXtra in their sizes.

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As a bonus note, here are a few tips if you are plus-size.

  • Opt in for light fabrics like chiffon, georgette, or satin. Be it the blouse or lehenga. Heavier fabrics can make it go wrong.
  • Vertical and diagonal stripes work great and do not settle for horizontal or broad borders.
  • And as for the blouse neckline go for a deep V-neck or plunge neckline.
  • Three-fourth or full sleeves will work great and give you the right fit.
  • Corset pattern for lehenga and saree is a trend that helps hide the belly and helps in shaping you up.
  • Go for free-flow pallu and do not pin it up and as for the pleats on the front, go for minimal ones.
  • Dark color gown with a sweetheart or deep V-neck works perfectly well for plus-sized bodies.
  • Choosing the right kind of clothing with make you look eXtra special even if you are on the eXtra large or plus-size segment.

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U in Indian women fashion

The Indian women’s fashion trend depends on weaves and garments and how women carried themselves. Women in films whom I would say were the first role models we look up to even today for fashion inspiration. Though at times like today, we have social media at our fingertips, when we refer to a trend, we most often mention the name of the celebrity who sported it.

Urmila Matondkar

The ‘Rangeela’ girl as we know her made all of us even women who went in awe looking at her on screen. Be it her beauty or hair, the costumes she wore had a lot to speak about. Manish Malhotra, the designer also mentioned that there were copies of her costumes post that movie on every street. The movie that made him win the Designer of the Year award. Her designs in the movie ushered in fashion trends and became a style statement.

The peplum skirt, knotted tops, black saree, and red leggings were an instant hit among the womenfolk of the country. Her smart casuals looked very glamorous and became a trendsetter. Her gharchola and the bandhani in the song made the weave much more famous and preferred for the ghaghra. Her tangerine skater skirts, the pleated skirts were such a hit. Though it is nearly 28 years since the movie was released, the trends she set are still timeless and are great fashion inspiration for a confident woman.


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Tracing back its origin to the 18th century, when the country was ruled over by the East India Company, the weave is from the Uppada town in Andhra Pradesh. A traditional handloom technique is known for its intricate designs and fine texture; the weave is a testimony to skilled craftsmen.

The Weaver population from Uppada migrated to Peddapuram where they happened to learn the weave of Jamdani from the Bengali weavers. They incorporated their techniques into jamdani which brought out a new weave called the Uppada. It is lightweight and the sheer texture gives a grandeur look and is most sought after for making traditional garments.

The weavers take great pride in their artistry which is time-consuming, complicated, and labor-intensive. A diverse range of patterns with motifs that include nature and geometric designs in vibrant colors make the weave unique. Gold and silver zari threads are used for extra richness to the woven fabric. The intricate designs and elaborate borders on the pallu are the highlight of the uppada weave. The metallic thread in the body adds grandeur to the fabric.

Another unique feature is the texture of this weave which is lustrous and has a sheen which is because the warp is made of pure mulberry silk and the weft is a combination of silk and cotton that is responsible for the shine.
The uppada weave has received the GI tag from the Government for its uniqueness and authenticity which is another reason for its boost in the global retail market. It is a weave that is cherished by the connoisseurs of handloom textiles and is even passed through generations as an heirloom.

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T in Indian women fashion

From vibrant, colorful lehengas to elegant sarees, and trendy kurtas, Indian women’s fashion caters to every occasion and taste. Indian women’s fashion is a cultural phenomenon celebrated across the world and not just only a source of our national pride.


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Tracing back its origin to Varanasi in the 19th century the tanchoi weave was introduced by the Persians who migrated during the period of emperor Akbar. Luxurious silk fabric is known for its distinct weave and ornate designs that are rich. It is a favored choice among the royals for its look and feels.
The floating warp technique is used to weave on satin. There is an intricate embroidery of patterns and motifs with colorful silk threads. A labor-intensive and time-consuming art, the tanchoi weave is a meticulous process that requires a lot of patience and skill.

The motifs in the intricate designs are inspired by nature, mythology, and folklore. The symmetry, boldness, and precision are evident in the intricate patterns that are woven. The hues and shades are usually contrasting with zari and meenakari embellishments. Dyed with a wide range of colors like jewel tones, earthy tones, and pastel shades the tanchoi is mesmerizing. This unparalleled beauty is a masterpiece of Indian textile art.


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Tracing its origin back to the Dang region in the western state of Gujarat, the tangaliya is known for its vibrant colors and unique motifs. The tangaliya was practiced by the Bhil tribe from the region who were known for their weaving skills. Known for its bright colors like oranges, red, green, blue, and yellow from natural dyes the resulting fabric is stunning and depicts the cultural ethos of Gujarat.

Telia rumal

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Tracing the origin back to the 16th century during the reign of Qutub shahi dynasty in Telangana, the telia rumal or putta rumal is a tie and dye technique known for its vibrant colors. The fabric is woven in a pit loom using the resist dyeing technique known for bright colors that are derived from natural sources like pomegranate peels, turmeric, indigo, and madder.

The telia rumal apart from being a cultural recognition has also found its place in contemporary fashion that it is used in making shawls, stoles, and scarves.

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R in Indian women fashion

An ever-evolving industry, the Indian women’s fashion segment is constantly influenced by varying trends that come and go. Not only attire but the material that is used also plays an important role in fashion trends. For example, there is a difference between a cotton saree and a chiffon saree. Each is different on its own, be it comfort, durability, and efforts taken to maintain.

Gathered or pleated strips of fabric that aid volume and give an appearance of a frill is called ruffle and that is now becoming a fashion trend. Right from sarees to gowns to even crop tops, the trend has hopped across categories of garments that aid more grace and elegance.

From sleeves, yokes, hemlines, and even dupattas can have ruffles of various sizes ranging from large to small based on the look or the occasion for which the garment is to be worn. The ruffle adds a touch of femininity to the wearer. Elegant in appearance it tends to highlight the curves. It also adds depth and creates movement when worn.

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This movement and depth make an eye-catching appearance of the outfit. It gives a vintage and bohemian outlook to the outfit. Its ability to be able to incorporate into various fabrics or patterns makes it versatile. While Chiffon, georgette, and organza that is lightweight give a dreamy effect when a ruffle is added, silk, satin, and velvet get a lot of volume when a ruffle is added since they are more structured.

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Designers have incorporated the ruffle trend in most Indian attire and it especially gained a lot of traction when Deepika Padukone wore it for Cannes. Her off-white ruffle saree with pearl collar designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for the closing ceremony brought this trend alive and much sought-after. Not to forget yet another time when Deepika flaunted a dual-tone ruffle saree to a popular TV show with colors right out of a candy shop was an instant hit that a lot of manufacturers adopted the design to offer it to the masses who wanted to follow their star. If you would want to check out the saree you can buy an affordable one just by clicking here.

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P in Indian women fashion

With a history spanning thousands of years, Indian women’s fashion has evolved over the years incorporating a fusion of traditional and modern styles. Women now have a wide range of options to choose from and incorporate the culture.

Patiala salwar

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Also known as Punjabi salwar, this is the most common attire worn by women in North India, especially Punjab. Designed initially for the Maharaja’s courtiers, it was initially worn by men and later adapted for women. Pleated loose at the waist and tapering towards the ankle the Patiala salwar is a comfortable pant that is unique and fashionable.

It can be made in cotton or silk depending on the occasion for which it is worn. The pleats in the pant are hand stitched to give a voluminous look and are usually worn with a long tunic. The outfit also gleams a high level of modesty in the conservative society. The loose fit of the pant makes them easier to move, so many women prefer to wear this as everyday garments.

Pochampally ikkat

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Originating from the Pochampally town of Telangana, this textile art form is highly valued for vibrant colors and designs and is also passed down across generations. The weaving technique is unique and involves using dyed thread to be woven onto a pattern in a loom, involves great skill and could be spoiled even with the slightest mistake.

With origin traced back to the 17th century, the weave is known for intricate patterns and vibrant colors. Predominantly worn as sarees, the fabric is now used for garments like salwar and dresses.


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The finest form of textile art and known for its vibrant colors and durability, the patola originates from the state of Gujarat. The weaving technique is known as double ikat where the yarn is first tied and dyed in a pattern and then woven into the fabric. Dating back to the 12th century, the patola was initially used to be worn by the royals.

Collectors and enthusiasts had this as the most sought-after because of its rarity. The vibrant colors in the pattern are visible on both sides. The silk threads used to weave give a luxurious and elegant look. A popular weave among the wealthy and elite because of its beauty and craftsmanship.

The weave is durable, and long-lasting making it popular among the masses.


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Originating from the state of Maharashtra, this time-consuming and complex weave is known for intricate designs Worn initially only by the nobility, the paithani’s origin can be traced back to 200 BC.

A technique called bandi is used for weaving wherein the fabric is woven in sections according to the pattern which requires patience and skill. Peacocks, flowers, and vines are traditionally inspired motifs that are woven into intricate patterns. Resistant to wear and tear and fading of colors, the paithani is yet another popular weave.

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O in Indian women fashion

An essential part of Indian culture and worn on various occasions, the ornaments are important and play a significant role in Indian Women’s fashion trends. In ancient times, the ornaments decided the status, wealth, and power of the people who adorned them. In changing times, designs and styles have evolved a lot and become an integral part of Indian culture.

Embellishments, vibrant colors, and intricate designs have made Indian women’s fashion trends famous. The beauty and charm of an Indian outfit are enhanced when Jewelry or ornament is added as an element, Gold, diamond, platinum, silver, and stones are the variety of materials that have been used to craft Indian ornaments. What makes the jewelry or ornament very special is the story behind it, which makes it unique.

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A necklace worn by married women, the mangalsutra is the most popular ornament. The ornament is made of gold and has black beads, which symbolize the bond between the married couple. Being considered a sacred symbol of marriage, the mangalsutra is also a vital part of Indian culture.

The nose ring comes in a variety of designs, and sizes embellished with stone, the nose ring is also a popular ornament. Known to be considered a symbol of married status, the nose ring is nowadays being worn by adolescent girls. It is also considered that wearing a nose ring enhances a women’s facial features.

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Worn in the wrists and made of gold, silver, or glass the bangle is a popular Indian ornament. They enhance an outfit instantaneously if paired properly. The bangle is usually worn in sets and adds beauty to the outfit. It is also considered that the sound from bangle is auspicious and especially worn by pregnant ladies as part of ceremonies to let the child identify the mother with the sound from bangles.

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Varied in sizes, and designs and often studded with stones or made of intricate designs the earring is one of the most sought-after ornaments. They enhance the beauty of the women flaunting them. It is considered an essential part of a woman’s wedding. Women have often resorted to multiple piercings to enhance their beauty.

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Anklet is an ornament worn around the leg and is considered to elevate the look of an ethnic outfit. It is mostly made of silver but it can also be worn in gold. Embellishments can be added like stones, danglers, or even enamel pieces.

Statement jewelry is now the talk of the town and is becoming increasingly popular, wearing ornament pieces that are unique and make a bold outlook can enhance the outfit of the wearer. These jewelry pieces add a contemporary touch when ethnic wear is worn.

Whether it is a mangalsutra or bangles, nose ring, or even earrings and anklets, ornaments are ssure to enhance the outfit and will continue to be an evolving fashion trend for women.

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N in Indian women fashion

An attire that has been worn for centuries, six to nine yards, draped in different styles to give a unique look. A fashion statement and a symbol of Indian culture, it is a popular attire across the world and not only in India.
Now let us look at some drapes and fabric in N.

Nivi drape

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The most common saree drape that you can see around and the easiest drape. Originating from Andhra Pradesh where the Nivi tribe lived, the drape is known for simplicity and elegance. It is a drape that is favored and worn by women from all age groups and body types.
It is easy to wear, and quick to drape making it a good choice for everyday wear. It is draped over the left shoulder with pleats centered at the waist, leaving it loose over the shoulder and to the floor. The length is either six or nine yards. From formal events to casual outings, this drape is the most versatile option. The drape suits all types of bodies by accentuating the curves and giving an overall feminine touch.

Evolving over the years, women have experimented with fabrics, colors, and even the way the pallu is pinned. Some women tend to keep it pinned to shoulders for formal occasions, while in some cases it is let loose to flaunt the design or the embellishments which could be embroidery, sequins or stone work.
Designers have now incorporated the drape into garments that feature this pre-stitched pleating in gowns which makes it look elegant. A timeless and elegant drape of the nivi drape is a fashion statement for years to continue.

Nauvari drape

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A drape worn by the womenfolk of Maharashtra, the nauvari drape is worn by draping a nine-yard saree. It is the traditional drape of the state of Maharashtra. A popular choice for weddings, festivals, and cultural events, this drape that represents the Marathi culture is also known as the Kashta drape.
To give the look of dhoti, the pleats are tucked into the leg, then draped over the left shoulder, and pallu is pinned. Draping the saree around the torso and then pinning it at the back gives a diagonal look.

The unique feature is that the drape allows ease of movement and is loved by women of all age groups. Women now experiment with different fabrics and have embellishments that accentuate the beauty of the saree. Accessorizing it with a nath on the nose really gives an elegant look.

Not only for women in Maharashtra but the drape is also preferred by many women across the country who choose to drape this style for events and cultural occasions.

Ngotekherh weave

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Characterized by intricate designs and vibrant colors, the Ngotekherh weave is a weaving technique practiced by the Tangkul tribe of the state of Manipur. Known for geometric patterns and the bold colors on fabric the ngotekherh weave has a presence of natural dyes from tree bark, and flowers which give long-lasting color.

It is a technique that is passed across generations from grandmothers to granddaughters. This helps in preserving the artwork and at the same time having more skilled people know the nuances.

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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.

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