Of Rumi’s Poetry and Vintage Chikankari

Listen to presences inside poems,
Let them take you where they will.
Follow those private hints,
and never leave the premises.

-Rumi

Most of us live and consume information in an ‘English’ state of mind, we forget that every piece of historic writing – mythology, religion, spirituality, ancient poetry and more from non-English speaking cultures – is quite possibly not what the original author set out to elucidate in that particular manner. We are servants to what was, and

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Kota Masuria, Kota Doria – Women & Woven Air

Kaithoon, a village of about 15,000 people in Rajasthan, is home to the ethereal kota doria weave. With 2500 looms, it houses weavers who have been working here for 300 years – their forefathers were brought here from Mysore in the 17th century by Maharao Kishore Singh, a general in the Mughal Army. This textile is locally known as Kota Masuria, because of it’s roots in Mysore. A true blue Kota Doria combines cotton and silk yarns in a … Read Full

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7/100 Love for Jamdani

 

Continuing the #desidrapes rainbow series, today is the day for a beautiful dhakai jamdani handloom saree as blue as the Mediterranean sea. Traditionally, muslin patterning in the extra weft technique is known as Jamdani and Sir George Watt gave the fine muslins of Bengal the name of “ring muslins,” after testing their fineness by passing them through a ring. However, this was no secret to … Read Full

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2/100 – Traditional Chikankari Saree, Stitches & More

A drape from my mother’s closet, this delicate white on black features lucknowi chikankari work – how beautiful a process to imagine, that these delicate motifs were worked on at the back of the sheer georgette to reveal the design on the front face of the fabric with absolute finesse. Here’s a closer look at the detail and stitches used;

I’m going to be talking about two traditional chikan work stitch styles seen in this saree, so here goes…

  1. Jali
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