The appeal of handloom fabrics lies in the ethnic hand woven techniques employed to churn out fine, soft, transparent, airy, light and aesthestically appealing fabrics. The choice of vibrant colours, the use of organic dyes, the quality of weaving, the employment of limited resources; yet outcomes are a sensational mix with borders, designs, patterns, motifs, themes, hand painting and exquisite embroidery that even modern day methods fail to match. It is an amalgam or delightful blend of ethnic skill, care and devotion. The Dupatta, the scarf or the stole brought out as handloom fabrics woven with dedication and care is a worthy addition.
The Dupatta – essential complement to the salwar kameez
No salwar suit is complete without the separate 2 m plus covering piece or the Dupatta. As accompaniment to the salwar suit, suitably adorned to match, as contrast or complement, the dupatta offers itself as backdrop for captivating patterns and motifs, canvas for exotic prints and abstract designs, lends suitable support for magical thread work or embroidery, allows breezy floral prints to infuse a new freshness in the surroundings.
An engaging fabric, one exquisite dupatta easily pairs well with different salwar kameez. Also known as chunni, the colourful dupatta has utilitarian functions also. It is used as a protective scarf in windy conditions, serves as a stole or shawl in cold weather, turns into a handy fabric for reverence when visiting a Gurudwara (sikh temple) or as a cover for the head in the presence of elders in the family or visitors. In passing it may be mentioned that this decorative fabric serves beyond its useful life as chunni by its aesthetic appeal as light colourful curtains in a house. Other similar uses can also be envisaged.
Kota silk & cotton dupattas- the Unnati range
There is a new line of dupattas that appeal for their unique offerings in Bagru, Dabu and Indigo prints. Traditional in weave, in fine counts and imaginative prints in bright and not so bright colors, these dupattas in kota silk and cotton fabrics are tasteful, appealing and in vegetable colors. Bearing the Handloom Mark for the cotton creations, and the Silk Mark for the fine count silk dupattas, these products are assured genuine handlooms in captivating prints, zari linings and tasseled ends. The typical Kota fabric feature with the self colour checks pattern weave known as Khat is available in the silk and cotton versions and makes for an intended designer backdrop for the other additions made over it.
Unnati Silks, provides the Kota silk and cotton Indian ethnic dupattas online. Beautiful, colourful, plain and heavily adorned, with a range of borders having motifs, woven patterns, zari lined designs, stripes, attractive bootis and much more. Shopping a whole range of Indian ethnic handloom designer dupattas online, that match a large range of exclusive shalwar suits – they are part of a unique, stylish, fancy, exclusive, designer collection that would be attractive and appealing for Traditional, Wedding, party, trendy fashion, formal, corporate, office, daily casual occasions. Dupattas in cotton and quality silk are available in different varieties at attractive prices, wholesale and retail.
A brief about the processes
Bagru Prints are known for their unique use of Natural Dyes and Hand Block Printing. Wooden Hand Blocks are blocks of wood with holding grips on one side and a flat smooth surface or pressing side with design engraved on it on the other. Designs engraved are transferred to the fabric by filling colours in the etched cavities and giving a sharp hit to the pressed block on the cloth. The fabric is printed with natural dyes or colorants which are derived from plants and animals. Different blocks with different colours are used for the different parts of the overall design. Since a majority of the natural dyes are from plants, Bagru Prints are also referred to as ‘eco-friendly’ prints.
Dabu printing is a unique art form. The fabric is block printed with dabu, and laid to dry in the sun. Once the mud is dry, the fabric is immersed in a dye, and again laid to dry in the sun. The process could sometimes be repeated for repeated dabu printing on top of the dyed fabric to create further layers of resist and again dye it in darker shades of the dye. Finally the fabric is washed to remove all traces of the dabu mud, revealing the resist area to be the original colour. Dabu printed sarees undergo a rigorous process that involves a lot of not so easily available and costly natural dyes and vegetable pastes. Printed motifs like boota (corn stalk), surajmukhi or sunflower, animals and geometrical patterns are popular subjects. But this range has explored fresh-feel patterns and designs that have appealed to the market already.
Vegetable dyes are made from the processing of vegetables and their skins. Natural dyes include vegetable dyes and also dyes made from many other substances from ns make the fabric ature. Vegetables like beetroot, tomato, carrot, onion, some leafy vegetables and fruits like pomegranate, grapes, guava, are examples of the vast and abundant sources for vegetable dyes available in nature. They are part of a chain of Natural and organic dyes.
Turmeric, acacia, red sandalwood, henna, madder, lac dye, are well-known examples of materials other than fruits and vegetables for natural dyes.
The cheering news about Natural Dyes is that
- they are easy on the skin and do not irritate or affect it,
- are fast colors and do not run despite several washes over the years,
- whose raw materials are directly available from nature
and whose wastes are neither harmful to human life nor do they pollute
The use of Indigo dyes gives a 2 way benefit. One that plain blue backgrounds are created for the contrast colored designs to create new designs. Secondly the inherent quality of the indigo dyes make the prints fast and durable.
The Kota silk and cotton dupattas, as fine count weaves of transparent quality, in captivating patterns, hand woven designs and unique prints that come in a judicious choice of colors and combinations, to make for interesting creations that would suitably match with salwar suits of different colors.
But more importantly they speak of imagination and creativity of the products that are on display. Showcasing skill and dedication, talent and devotion with a fine understanding of market taste, these dupattas are uniquely appealing for the opportunities that they offer for style and dress sense.