Colorful World of Indian textiles

India has a wide range of textiles. There are numerous techniques used by Indians to come up with unique designs and craftwork in textiles. Depending upon the location of the place, climatic conditions, cultural influences and trade contacts, each region of India has its unique textile variety. In states like Bengal and Kerala where the land is green, the people mostly wear white clothes. The desert area, which comprises of parts of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Delhi sport intense radiant, bright colors with strong linear patterns. Embroidery and mirror works are predominant here.In the Deccan region, the colors match the black alluvial soil of the area. Dark maroon, turquoise blue and bottle green are common colors here. The dry and hot clime of the Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra, the southern states favor rich and luminous colored silks. The Himalayan areas like Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Northern parts of Uttar Pradesh, produces woolen weaves with highly geometric patterns woven in tapestry weave in the primary colors.

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Famous for Kasmiri/Pashmina Shawls, Carpet, Namdas, Papier Mache, Crewel Furnishings, Silks and Tweeds, Pherans
  • Punjab: Phulkari
  • Uttar Pradesh: Chikan, Brocade Work
  • Textiles of South India: Kanchipuram sarees from Tamil Nadu, Chanderi sarees from Madurai, Madras, Thanjavur and Madurai are centres for hand-printed textiles and Madurai also for tie-and-dye work.
  • Rajasthan and Gujarat: Famous for Hand-block prints, Zari, Bandhej, Block Printing, Batik, Screen Printing, Dhurries and Carpets
  • East India Textiles: Known for jamdani work, kantha stitch, mirror work from Bengal, Baluchar brocade saris of Murshidabad, applique work from Bihar, Eri, Muga, Pat Silks of Assam etc.

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