The Textile Art And Craft of India

India is known for its authentic textile art and crafts. The diverse religions, colour and creed adapted in different parts of the country paved way to create a niche for the rich culture, craft, fabric and fashion.

As a designer I always love to delve in to the enormous art which is soul filling. The vibrant colours, textures and the natural sources of raw materials has a deep connection with the religions and customs followed in tat particular region. If given a chance one should definitely explore the nook and corner of India to quench his/her thirst for art. The list goes too long as there are many textiles and craft from Kashmiri to kanniyakumari.

As a lover of art I recommend and rejoice enriching ones wardrobe with a meaningful collection of all the available textile art. I’m sure it will make anyone feel proud to own such a rich heritage and pass on to the next generation to treasure them with pride.

So ladies gear up !!!! Let’s start a meaningful collection of our Indian textiles to get to know its history and origin. Are we not gonna feel proud to own our handloom textiles and handmade craft which was invented much before development of technology and science. Let’s own the responsibility to save the authenticity of our textiles and craft which amazes the entire world.

Let’s join hands in enriching our textile knowledge and not allow any art forms in India to go extinct. Here’s a list of Indian textiles for you to start your ethnic collections.

Tamil Nadu-Kanjeevaram, chungudi, Kanchi kotton, Andra Pradesh – Kalamkari, Venkatagiri, Mangalgiri, Pochampally, Karnataka- Mysore silk, Dharwad weaves, Kerala-set mondu with kasavu, Odisha-sambalpuri, ikath, Rajasthan-shisha work – mirrors and thread embroidery, Bihar – bhagalpuri, Chattisgarh – kosa silk, Goa- kunbi- tribal weaves, Gujarath-Bhandhini, Himachal- Kullu shawls, Maharashtra-paithani, Manipur – phanek, Meghalaya-eri silk, Punjab – phulkari- embroidery of floral motifs, Sikkim- Lepcha, tribal weaves in cotton and wool, Uttar Pradesh-chikan Kari, Uttarakhand- panchachuli weave, knitting of wool.

The art listed here are few and there are much more to explore and add to the list which is what is exciting me and my designing journey.

I feel happy to share the little knowledge what I’ve gained so far and will continue to do so. HAPPINESS IS SHARING

Swaroopa Muthusivan

Founder N Creative Entrepreneur

Tamarai Design Studio



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