Your favorite weave / print

#1 Jan 10th, 2018, 14:58
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Dec 2008
Cloud Cuckoo Land
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Hello Everyone

Through your wanderings in India, you may have come across and been tempted to buy hand made shawls, sarees, lunghi, kurta or other fabric. Was it handwoven? handprinted? Did you fall in love with the design? the color?

Perhaps you'd like to share a photograph here of what it was, where you bought it and anything else that made it unique.

I bought highgrown pashmina (from changthang) in Ladakh and kanchivaram silk saree from Kanchipuram during my travels ....

I'll post a photo when i can access my stash of photos.

till then, post away!

#2 Jan 10th, 2018, 17:54
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Chennai, India
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I am the same with cloth as with music. I love it, and love to enjoy its multiple textures and patterns --- but I know very little about it.

I can hardly escape knowing Kanchipuram silk, of course. It is a little puzzling that a quite heavy-weight fabric became the luxury wear of this hot and humid part of India!

On my first visit to India, I spent a fortune in a Kanchipuram shop. My purchases included two beautiful saris, which, after all the gifts had had been given, remained, often admired, but never worn, until I married Mrs N. I think that both, along with a couple of dozen other silk saris, were lost in the flood, but at least they got to see the light of day on special occasions before that! I guess that I paid thousands for them in 1997. I guess that the same thing today would cost tens of thousands.

One silk that I find particular intriguing is Tussar silk. It feels and handles more like paper, and even has a crinkly feeling if scrunched. I had some kurtas in interesting colours, that I used to wear when playing music in London.

Here in Chennai, I tend to agree with Mrs N that silk is really not the most ideal wear for our climate, and too prefer to stick to cotton. I also prefer to avoid high-maintenance clothes, and have long since tried to avoid anything with a dry-clean only label.
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#3 Jan 10th, 2018, 18:04
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Dec 2008
Cloud Cuckoo Land
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Banarasi falls in the same category. I love the way it looks - and have absolutely no use for it. It wont be stitched into a shirt and a kurta /sherwani is ceremonial, perhaps once a year wear.

This last week of December, I went to a part of Jaipur that was once thriving. It's called Rajeev Gandhi Handloom Haveli (or similar). There were, at one point of time, six state govt emporiums. Now, there're two - the J&K one, that i find overpriced and a UP one, that was so sadly under-stocked - he had seven, yes, i could count them, pieces of fine banarasi. I've never seen such a good price for such an amazing banarasi - there was zari intricately woven through and through the sari. Sadly, I had no use for it and passed it up.

The weaves I find most fascinating all involve designs inspired from nature - typically flowers and mangoes - or animals - banarasi and kanchipuram in silk and nomadic rabari pieces from kutch and rajasthan.
#4 Jan 11th, 2018, 10:18
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I will post some pictures. But first I need to take some. Maybe on the weekend.

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