Colorful, Quirky and Vibrant printed shawls are a fashion essential!! India is a country of diverse fabric prints, some of them being extremely popular worldwide-
Kalamkari Shawls: A significant type of hand-painted and imprinted textile from Andhra Pradesh is kalamkari. Vegetable-based pigments were utilized to make kalamkari paintings, which depicted mythological themes, floral patterns, trees of life, animals, and other wildlife. The true beauty of the hills, the surrounding grandeur of temples, and the plentiful resources of Andhra Pradesh were sources of inspiration for the craftsmen. The iconography of Kalamkari was influenced by a variety of mythic motifs. Entire epics including the Bhagavata Purana, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana were portrayed. The Kalamkari religious heritage can be split into two distinct branches. One is the older folk version, while the other is a highly modern structure that had been done with superior craftsmanship and layout. The artworks in Kalahasti are rich in hues, motion, and depth.
Batik Shawls: The Indian artistic work of batik has progressed a lot from its modest origins as a simple craft. Actually, the title "batik" alludes to wax inscriptions. By first adding a layer of wax to a section of the cloth and then coloring it, it is a technique of adorning cloth. Once the wax is eliminated, the juxtaposition between the colored and undyed portions produces the pattern whereas the waxed areas maintain their original color. The minimalism of batik and the simplicity with which it is created renders it attractive. It is possible to travel back 2000 years in Indian batik's heritage.
Ajrak Shawls: A process known as resist embossing is employed to print the authentic Ajrak on both faces. With painstakingly intricately carved blocks, printing is performed by hand. To achieve the distinct repeated patterning, various blocks are often used. Creating the blocks is a major challenge because the pattern should perfectly fit the whole Ajrak and safeguard various areas against dye. The core jaal or web-like motif produced by the repetitive pattern of the Ajrak print is used within a grid. In addition to this jaal, the fabric also includes border decorations. Every ajrak is distinguishable from the other by these borders, which surround the core area and are lined both horizontally and vertically.
Madhubani Shawl: The Mithila region of India is home to the art style known as "Madhubani art." Such paintings are created by artists using a wide range of tools, including paintbrushes, nib pens, matchsticks, their own fingertips, or sticks. Natural colorants and chemicals are employed to develop the paint. The paintings stand out just for their remarkable geometrical shapes. The majority of the subjects depicted in madhubani paintings are humans, often in connection with natural surroundings, scenes from ancient epics, and deities. Along with representations of the imperial residence and social ceremonies like nuptials, physical phenomena like the sun, moon, and religious flora like tulsi also were regularly depicted.
Block Print Shawl: Block printing is the technique that uses carved blocks of wood to print patterns. It is the oldest, most fundamental, most labor-intensive technique of textile manufacturing. Block printing by hand takes discipline. It can also produce highly artistic results, several of which are impossible to accomplish via other techniques. While blocks might be constructed of stone, wood was indeed the preferred material.
Q1. Why is block printing so popular?
Block printed shawls or stoles are customisable, quirky and vibrant.
Q2. Why is Kalamkari such a coveted print among shawl lovers?
Kalamkari print is labor-intensive as it only employs organic and plant pigments and follows a complicated twenty-three step process. The Hindu epics and local traditions are portrayed in Kalamkari.
We pride ourselves on our collection of ethnic shawls and stoles. Made from pure homegrown fabrics and featuring a mind-bogglingly diverse colour palette, the ones in this section come with eclectic digital printing. While most of our shawls and stoles are handpicked for the exquisiteness of the weave, the precision of the embroidery, and the practically endemic skill that goes into making each one, the scarves and stoles curated here are in a different league. Unconventional as the prints are, they comprise of imitations of locally produced motifs such as the characteristic bandhani (tie-dye) patterns and foliage to be found in the Indian landscape. Some of the pieces included here are not all that ethnic - for example, a few of the stoles come with Western art-style prints that are sure to be great conversation starters wherever you go wearing them. Choose from vibrant pastels, soft natural hues, and statement metallics, apart from the classic blacks, whites, and greys. Each of our printed stoles and shawls make for a distinctly feminine statement, what with the sheer silken fabrics and the signature motifs.
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