Fabrics (Handwoven/ Block Prints/ Embroidered)
HAND-SPUN AND HEARTFELT
Khadi (or Khaddar) is a hand-spun and hand-woven fabric primarily spun out of cotton and sometimes silk and wool. It is a coarse and easy-to- sew fabric. Patchwork, Kantha, Phulkari, and block-printing could be easily administered on this fabric. It has an exclusive captivating appeal even in its plain form.
Colorful yarn threads sway…slowly pressed and pulled…each getting woven with the other, so that in the end, they are all a part of a much larger picture than itself, called fabric with a story to tell. But it doesn’t end there; each fabric now is used for the production of other products like garments. Fabrics are just part of the process, but an important part whatsoever.
Any kind of fabric finds utility among the buyers, even if it is hard and thick as a buffalo’s skin or soft as the fur of a cat, light as a feather or as heavy as the sheep’s wool. It can be dark as night, or as bright as moonlight; even as colorful as a mix of the seven shades in a rainbow. They originate from a variety of natural materials such as plants, animal hair, fur, silk, and even skin. A variety of handloom fabrics are made by artisans from India: Linen fabrics by artisans in Bhagalpur, Bihar and Phulia in West Bengal; Muga silk fabrics by artisans in Sualkuchi, Assam; Cotton Khadi fabrics by weavers and spinners in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and so on.
From plants and trees, one gets the natural fibers and leaves which are then subjected to various processes and weaving before becoming a fabric such as cotton, silk, jute, linen and so.. Hair from animals such as sheep, goat, alpacas, and llamas are also used to get wool fabrics. Fur and skin from minks, foxes, elephants, bison, walruses etc. are also used to create fabrics in certain cases.