This project is a personal archive of Textiles of India
Like Biryani, India is a culmination of many flavours that make it unique and authentic. Each ingredient adds its own essence to the recipe of its culture. Textiles play a huge role when it comes to history and culture of India. From the times when traders came via the silk route and brought in spices and textiles to independence where khadi played a major role, India could be a Textile Haven. Today too, many villages thrive on the handloom and cottage industries where skilled artisans and weavers have been in the business from many generations. Textiles could also be a considered material memory that is passed on in families as heirloom possessions. From Grand mothers, to mothers and now daughters, the same piece of cloth is recycled and re-styled. The design and drape speak another language and tell a story of cultural backgrounds, traditions and identity of a diverse country like India. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, every region has its own handloom techniques that are used to weave many unique fabrics. This visual essay is an attempt to document my personal collection of textiles as an ode to India. ‘ Rani Pink’ which literally means, pink worn by the queen, is a bright shade of magenta which became popular in the north of the country during the Mughal period and is still popular amongst women on special occasions like weddings and festivals. It’s interesting that some weaves and prints, a named after a city or place as it is it’s unique style of technique that belongs to a certain area. I wish to travel more and grow this collection in the coming years.