Friday, January 30, 2015

Indian Fabric Series - Bandhani

I generally blog about things I make. With this post I am starting a series on unique indigenous fabrics. India is a fabric gold mine!
We don't easily get cute designer prints(which I covet so much).  I am always on the look out for people travelling from USA to bring some for me. Also we don't have any fabric stores online in India yet. I struggle to find new modern printed fabric in India. Isn't it strange because a lot of things sold abroad are made in India! Those designs look so chic and trendy! Well the grass always greener on the other side of the fence!

In my search for getting the right fabric for things I want to sew, I realised that "my own" fabric is pretty darn good too! There is so much variety. Sure a lot of prints are very ethnic, but that's what makes it so one of a kind. This is my journey on an exploration of things around me.

Lately I have been seeing SOoooooo many posts on Japanese Shibori tie-dye techniques. These are signature indigo and white fabrics. Very beautiful and elegant. Everytime I see a new post on Shibori I can't help thinking that we have such a rich tradition of tie-dye in India itself! I am partly Rajasthani, so it is only befitting that I start off the series with bandhani fabrics. This is the original tie-dye from the states of Rajasthan and Gujrat.

I didn’t have to go far, I had a closet full of them!

India is the land of colour riot! Everything is vibrant and alive.
The fabrics here are mostly chiffon, cotton and silks.

A lot of the tie-dye fabric come with an exquisite embroidery of sequins and golden/silver ribbon called gota. This work is called "Gota Patti".

I will try my best to incorporate this pretty fabric in my sewing this year.

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