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Heritage of Handmade

A Touch of Joy: Saving Saris | Making Memories

A Touch of Joy: Saving Saris | Making Memories
The sari- a length of unstitched fabric typically 5.5 m long and 1.25 m wide-has been draped in varied styles by women in different parts of India. Notwithstanding centuries of foreign rule, the winds of social change and the increasing presence of Western garments, Indian women continue to drape saris for everyday wear and for special occasions, at home and at work. Continue reading

KUBSA: Transforming the Textiles of Karnataka

KUBSA: Transforming the Textiles of Karnataka
Kubsa supports the local ecosystem of artisan livelihoods, from the ground up. Locally sourced mulberry silk, cotton and hand-spun khadi, are dyed with natural indigo, once used as a base for Khun textiles. While staying true to the original techniques and the grammar of traditional motifs, Kubsa's contemporary aesthetic gives new life to this beloved textile. Continue reading

Turkey Red

Turkey Red

The Turkey Red dyeing process was typically used on cotton cloth and yarn and was produced in large quantities in the nineteenth century. The dyeing process used natural alizarin, which was extracted from madder root, along with mordants of oil and alum to fix the dye to the cloth.

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