Buy Tanchoi Sarees, Tanchoi Silk Sarees, Indian Tanchoi Saree

Tanchoi sarees are a popular type of saree of North India. Like the banarasi sarees, these sarees are also produced by Varanasi weavers. These sarees are not heavy like Banarasi sarees but they are equally beautiful with interesting weaving patterns and can be worn for all types of occasion.

Tanchoi Weaving Pattern
Tanchoi is an elaborate and comprehensive weaving technique practiced in parts of Northern India to create beautiful Tanchoi textiles. This art originated in China and was brought to India by three brothers with the last name ‘choi.’ The technique therefore came to be known as ‘Tanchoi’, which literally means ‘three chois’ (tan – three, Choi – brothers). They introduced the art to the Indian weavers in Surat (Gujarat) and later the Varanasi weavers started making less expensive versions. Since then the amalgamation of Chinese technique with Indian style of weaving was created to form the Indianised version of Tanchoi sarees.

The Saree
The tanchoi weavers initially wove yard age and sarees, which were mostly used by the Parsi community. But today, Tanchoi has remarkably gained popularity throughout India.  Employing a technique similar to that of brocade, weavers of Benaras make sarees using colorful extra weft silk yarn for their unique patterns. Tanchoi saree resembles a fine miniature. In tanchoi sarees, the designs are always floral with interspersing of birds. Figures of flying birds, paired cocks amidst floral sprays are worked on them. The usual ground is bright blue, purple, green or red with areas patterned in tabby weave. Sometimes the pallu is done more solidly with peacocks, baskets or bunches of flowers or hunting scenes. Tanchoi silk sarees are also in dazzling floral, geometrical and paisley designs. Some tanchoi sarees have a rich gold border and two gold bands on the pallav. The more exclusive ones have gold checks with lotus roundels all over which are known as butis.


Gota Embroidery Work, Gota Work, Gota Embroidery Popular Designs, Gota Work Design Gallery

Gota work is also known as Lappe ka kaam and this is a reputed form of metal embroidery of western India, especially Rajasthan. The embroiderers of Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kota are renowned for their uniquely styled gota work. Gota work are worn at auspicious functions. It is generally done on dupattas, turban edges and ghagras, including sarees and salwar kurtas. Gota form of embroidery is very vibrant and looks lively on colours such as pinks, reds and greens which are associated with festive occasions. 
Gota Work


Ragamala Paintings, Types of Ragamala Paintings, Ragamala Paintings Art Gallery

A Ragamala painting is a correlation between the art of music and painting. An ancient art form of India, where music, poetry and painting come together to mesmerize the senses. ‘Ragamala' literally means ‘A Garland of Melodies'. It is basically a display of a raga (various Indian musical mode), in the form of a painting. Ragamala paintings were produced in most schools of India painting, in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Ragmala Painting of Rag (Ragini) 
Types of Ragamala Paintings
  • Pahari Ragamala
  • Rajasthan or Rajput Ragamala
  • Deccan Ragamala
  • Mughal Ragamala

Charateristics of Ragamala Paintings
In these painting each raga is depicted by a mood, colour, a verse telling a story of a hero and heroine (nayaka and nayika). It also displays the season and the time of day and night in which a particular raga is to be sung. And we also have ragamal paintings showing the specific Hindu deities attached with the raga, like Bhairava or Bhairavi to Shiva, Sri to Devi etc. The paintings depict not just the Ragas, but also their wives (raginis), their numerous sons (ragaputra) and daughters (ragaputri).

Principal Ragas
There are six principal ragas found in the Ragamala: 
  • Bhairava
  • Dipika
  • Sri
  • Malkaunsa
  • Megha 
  • Hindola 
These ragas are meant to be sung during the six seasons of the year - summer, monsoon, autumn, early winter, winter and spring.

Ragamala Paintings Art Gallery

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