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Dhabla Weaving, A Unique Craft from The Deserts of India

What is a Dhabla? Dhabla, a Rajasthani-style Kutch weaving, evolved through the migration of Vankar people from Rajasthan, settling in Kutch due to commerce. They mastered the unique dhabla weave suited to the region’s hot climate.The Meghwals’ journey to Kutch, driven by their devotion to Shri Ram Dev Pirji, added to the cultural tapestry. The […]

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Weaving Warmth: The Evolution and Artistry of Kullu Shawls

INTRODUCTION The origin of the name ‘Kullu’ can be traced to ‘kulant peeth’, signifying ‘the terminus of the inhabited world’. This picturesque valley settlement finds its snug abode nestled between the mighty lower and greater Himalayan ranges, harmoniously tracing the path of the Beas River. While a handful of hotels and resorts have emerged, life

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Crafting Divinity: Pichwai Tradition and its Artistic and Devotional Resonance

Revered Art of Pichwai Originating in Nathdwara, near Udaipur, Rajasthan, pichwai is a devotional custom where cloth is painted with revered images and hung behind the deity. This practice emerged in the 17th-century shrine of Nathdwara when an idol of Krishna was moved from Mathura during Aurangzeb’s reign. “Pichwai,” which translates to “that which hangs

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Forgotten Textile of Tamil Nadu: A Vanishing Craft of Karuppur Cloth

Kodali Karuppur Village, nestled by River Kollidam, once thrived with a centuries-old textile industry, renowned for crafting Kodali Karuppur sarees. Today, the textile infrastructure is gone, but the village remains picturesque, sustained by agriculture. Its ancient temples and the flowing river still attract visitors, preserving the essence of its rich heritage. The tale of the

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Stitched with Care: Handmade Tale of Kasuti Embroidery from Karnataka

The hands that embroider the Indian textiles are artists of the greatest degree. One such embroidery tradition from Karnataka is Kasuti embroidery. It is a popular art form in northern Karnataka that is practised by women of the region, India, rooted in the region’s villages. It is one of the oldest Indian practices, dating back

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A Weave as Old as Time: Story of Himroo Fabrics

Himroo, a word derived from Persia, holds a regal past. Once, it was intricately woven with threads of pure gold and silver, crafted exclusively for the noble families. The tale begins when a group of skilled weavers migrated from Delhi to Daulatabad in the 14th century, near Aurangabad, prompted by King Mohammad Bin Tughlaq’s decision

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Bagh: Intricate Imprints on Cloth, A Printing Tradition from Madhya Pradesh

Bagh, a picturesque village in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, is renowned for its exquisite block printing technique known as Bagh. This remarkable craft takes its name from the meandering River Baghini, which gracefully flows through the village, symbolising the very essence of this art form. Bagh printing is an extraordinary display of vibrant

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