Handloom – A Special Craft

You might be surprised to note that these sights and sounds are same across any weaving community across India. Can you imagine that each of these communities in different geographical location across India produces a unique weave! Be it the famous Kanchipuram silk, Sungadi, Rasipuram, Thribhuvanam from Tamil Nadu, Mangalgiri, Ikat from Andhra Pradesh, sambalpuri from Odissa, Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh, Banares weaves of Varanasi, Paithanis of Maharashtra to the precious Patan Patola (the double Ikkat) from Gujarat. Not to mention the unique nature of tribal weaves and silks from the North Eastern States such as Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya. The collection that India offers is simply astounding!

So what is the handloom weave?

A handloom is a simple machine used for weaving. In a wooden vertical-shaft loom, the heddles are fixed in place in the shaft. The warp threads pass alternately through a heddle, and through a space between the heddles (the shed), so that raising the shaft raises half the threads (those passing through the heddles), and lowering the shaft lowers the same threads – the threads passing through the spaces between the heddles remain in place. This when used alternatively creates the ‘rap’ sound that I mentioned earlier.

The art of handloom weaving essentially involves three stages:

The manufacturing process of the yarn
The dyeing process
The weaving process

The manufacturing and making of the cotton or silk yarn is an intricate process involving craftsmen who have been practicing and perfecting the art over many centuries and India is considered to be the world’s best handloom hub. Handloom weaving is a community activity located in specific groups across India. Sometimes an entire village’s livelihood centres on handloom weaving and activity has involved families across generations.

Journey of Handloom

Handlooms are labour intensive, time consuming, yet worth all the effort and time for the wonderful product that emerges out of it. The art was on the decline a few years back has seen a revival the last two decades. It has taken over a new avatar with SHGs (Self Help Groups), NGOs and Government taking an active part in its revival and restoration. With NIFT and other fashion institutes, Craft Council of India and designers giving it the much required leg-up, Indian handloom is now internationally known and well appreciated worldwide. There are takers who appreciate the craftsmanship both within India and in the West. Celebrity endorsement is of course another added crown.

So why Handloom?

Due to the fact that it is made of natural fiber such as cotton, jute, linen or silk, handloom fabric is suitable for all weather conditions – be it the cold of the winter or to remain cool and comfortable during summer. The breathability of the fabric is the reason for it.

The sheer creativity of the craftsman comes into play in a handloom fabric- the range of colours and the intricate and varied designs are much to marvel about in this craftsmanship. Weavers incorporate their creativity with their skilful blending of shapes, symbols, myths, faiths, and imagery, giving the fabric its uniqueness and appeal. It is available in a range of fibers like cotton, silk, jute, linen and wool and sometimes as blend of two varieties.

A unique character of a handloom fabric is the irregularities or variations present in the weaving which are inherent to the product and which adds to its uniqueness and value and should not be considered as a flaw. Handlooms can provide a modern or traditional product for every strata of society. It projects a unique image of sustainability as it is biodegradable and the production process is environment friendly. The sector provides employment opportunities to lakhs of workers and their families accounting for 12% of the total cloth produced in the country.

Celebrities and handloom

Handloom has become a statement piece be it among the fashion circles or in a boardroom. Every fashion collection across the globe celebrates the handloom fabric. It is now considered a ‘renaissance’ moment among the Indian fashion circles. With the active endorsement of the Prime Minister and sincere efforts of ministers like Vasundhara Raje and Smriti Irani and prominent designers we can expect to see bright days ahead for the handloom.

Celebrities of course create their own unique appeal be it Nandita Das making a bold fashion statement at Cannes or effortlessly and beautifully donning a Kanchipuram by the likes of a Rekha and Vidya Balan- the Indian handloom will always remain an ethereal beauty.

Endorsement from leading actresses of the current generation like Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi increases the appeal of this desi attire to the impressionable youth who are the largest customer base that it should appeal to.

What can we do to support the cause?

As the ‘Made in India make in India’ slogan goes, our small way to make a contribution in sustaining this art and craft form is to get to know more about it. Believe me, the details and difference about each weave will astound you! Did you know that the loom uses its own code form, talk about the ancients using bits and bytes!

Secondly, try and include a handloom fabric as part of your wardrobe staple. It need not be a saree as handloom fabrics are now widely used to make modern outfits such as dresses, shirts, kurtas, kurtis etc., Handlooms are also used to make even bedsheets and towels.

Thirdly, if possible try and use your travel in each part of the India to visit the nearest handloom village. You get to see first-hand the time and effort and the artistry that it involves and the sheer genius of the workmanship. It will surely put a smile on their face and make you feel that you have done a good deed for the day. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Thank me later.

 

Give Your Wardrobe a Makeover With Pawsome Cat Bodysuits

What’s sexier than a bodysuit? A cat bodysuit! Cat fashionistas are aware that bodysuits are hugely popular right now but did you know that there are amazing cat design bodysuits made just so you can show off your daring and caring side?

They’re great as innerwear, tops and layering options – pair with jeans, shorts, and skirts to create effortlessly stylish ensembles day or night!

Bodysuit with Cat Pizzaz

A cat bodysuit looks like a regular bodysuit – it’s a one-piece garment that resembles a swimsuit and covers the upper portion of your body from your torso to your hip. It is worn from over the head and opens between the legs. It doubles up as a top and underwear. Because it opens between the legs, there’s no need to take off the entire outfit in case you need to go to the bathroom which makes it sassy AND practical. It can be worn as innerwear or as a top that doesn’t bunch or shift.

Show your fantastic cattitude – explore stylish cat inspired bodysuits right meow!

Show Off Your Gorgeous Curves

A normal bodysuit is body-hugging, comfortable and reveals your silhouette – that’s what makes it so smart and sexy. A cat bodysuit is an elevated version that’s purrfect for confident, daring cat divas who are not afraid to show their feline love. You have many cats inspired designs to choose from that range from adorable to bold. If a single cute cat won’t do for you, just purchase a bodysuit that’s completely covered with cat imagery. Choose from designs such as the last samurai cat, sword-wielding cat, lightning fighting cat, unicorn cat, cat noir and cat bomb to make a bomb of an entry wherever you go.

Create Stylish Ensembles Everyday

When you buy a cat bodysuit, make sure it’s made from a lightweight material such as blended polyester and spandex – this will ensure that the garment is stretchy and offers the right amount of snugness and comfort. For a smooth and seamless look, choose a bodysuit with a snap attachment system between the legs. Pair it with your favorite pair of skinny jeans and high heels for an uber sophisticated look. Team it with a skirt for a fun and flirty day ensemble or when you’re going to a nightclub – because it stays perfectly, you don’t have to worry about the garment bunching and shifting as you’re busting some groovy moves.

Stay Cool or Warm

A bodysuit is a versatile garment that’s suitable for all seasons. In summers, you can keep cool by teaming it with a pair of shorts. During spring or autumn, you can keep out the chill and stay snug with a cat bodysuit and blazer combo hill. Wear it with a sheer top or gown which is a great way to showcase the beauty of the sheer garment while hiding your modesty underneath. Flaunt it in the bedroom and get ready to blow your lover’s mind.

 

Enjoy the Party With the Women’s Omega Watches

The known fact is that the women are prone to flaunt themselves fashionably at any high-fi occasion. They do make-ups, wear their loved outfits which makes them happy and also appealing.

The Omega watches for women with an array of collections like Constellation, De Ville and others present something that celebrates the delicacy, beauty and charm of the ladies.

Stay tuned for this piece and get information about some exquisite women’s timepieces of this Swiss watch brand.

  1. Grab the spotlight:

Full of prettiness throughout the pattern of the Omega De Ville Tresor 428.58.36.60.02.001 watch ups the fashion of a glamorous lady and expresses her intricacies. Embracing this luscious novelty from this Swiss iconic luxury watchmaker which can keep her gain the limelight among the crowd.

The precious diamonds are studded along the rose-gold glorifying round bezel which adds worth to it and also keeps her distinctive. Lacquered with silver, the opaline dial has Roman numerals that are applied in 18K Sedna Gold.

  1. Frizzling marvel:

Don’t miss the golden opportunity to express yourself at a social gathering or at any gaudy event. The Omega De Ville Ladymatic 425.35.34.20.57.003 watch is a graceful representation of the charming women.

With the snow-set diamonds beautifying the bezel, this captivating piece consists of a MOP dial that has been made rich with the valuable diamond stones. A small date window is placed at the 3 o’clock place to track the date of a month. The polished crown looks luminous and also helps a lady in modifying time.

  1. Justifying their value:

The Omega watches price in India initiates from approximately INR 1, 04, 400 only. Full of embellishment, the Omega Constellation 123.20.24.60.05.002 watch is tagged at INR 217, 600 only in India. It is all about quality that matters. This brilliant ladies’ watch has been graced with Roman numerals set yellow-gold bezel that has the famous “claws” on both the sides.

Lacquered in yellow-gold, the push crown at the right of the 24mm steel case is a thing to watch. Protecting this novelty from scratches is the domed sapphire crystal that also covers the dial and gives the picturesque readability of time. Powering this watch is the quartz calibre 1376 with rhodium-plated finish.

  1. Subtle mesmerizer:

Expressing the beauty of a lady with the diamond-set bezel, the Omega De Ville Prestige 424.57.33.20.55.003 watch is popular for its “Butterfly” dial. A date window at the 6 o’clock position shows the current date of a month. Exuding a placid aroma is its snow-white leather strap.

The push crown at the right flank of the 32.7mm yellow gold case enhances the charm of this model. 30 meters water resistance mark of this piece keeps it safe on and off the water.

  1. The maritime champion:

The Seamaster watches are known as the rulers of seas and oceans. They represent the leadership spirit of the adventurous women. The 231.23.34.20.01.002 watch of this brand blossoms with its red-gold rounded bezel that also protects the piece from heat. This Aqua Terra co-axial chronometer watch stands tall at any occasion.

It’s innovative Teak dial makes it different. The leather black strap is a luxurious one for every ladies’ wrist. It can stay safe from water within the range of 150meters making it a genius maritime piece.

  1. Magnificently graceful:

Women are naturally beautiful. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 212.15.28.61.51.001 watch with its diamond-set bezel splashes and also uplifts the mood of a lady. A picturesque reading experience has been made by the addition of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the black dial. A date window at the 3 o’clock position exhibits the updated date of a month.

The minimalistic shape of this model keeps the women of today delicate. Energizing this piece is the Swiss-made 1424 quartz calibre.

The Omega watches price are apt to their quality which makes the women tempted.