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Article: A new range of fabrics to explore and choose from

A new range of fabrics to explore and choose from
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A new range of fabrics to explore and choose from


Unnati Silks has in recent months been experimenting in new designs and fresh styles for many of its lines of clothing. It could be the silk or cotton saree, the pure handloom cotton salwar suits, the chic Indian tunics or the special line of Indo Western clothing. It has appealed to many customers.

But some have a grievance that they would like the design of the salwar suit on the saree, the very nice large motif of the kameez front on the stylish kurti, one even said that she would have liked one of the designer sarees be the curtains of her house and so on and so forth. So we said, why not get the new lot into fabrics that people could use it the way they wanted to?

All they needed was to buy the requisite metres of the cloth to their heart’s desire to translate their dreams to reality. And so came a variety of ‘varieties’ in anticipation of tastes indicated by the market.

1. Pochampally Ikat Cotton Fabric

Fabrics to seeGood textured, in the deep and light shade combinations of colors like green, grey, orange, blue, black and others they open a new and interesting theme of the ikat in the familiar temple shape pattern of different dimensions. Bearing the by now familiar Handloom Mark of authenticity, the designs have the popular uniqueness that an expectant market has and does not get disappointed with what it gets. Worth every minute of your time and interest shown!  

From the land of the novel, considered one of the iconic saree weaving clusters or heritage fabric sites of India, Pochampally has always been special for the ikat process weve and its resulting designs. Be it the popular temple pattern or a floral spread, the eye-catching motif or the simple geometrical shape, the Pochampally Ikat weave is ever intriguing for the special manner of translating designs through the Ikat process to make it ‘so very interesting’ to its buyers.

The Ikkat technique involves applying bindings which resist dye penetration to the threads in pre-determined patterns and then dyeing the threads. These threads are then woven to produce the desired pattern. When several colours are used, the dyeing process on the threads is repeated for each of the colours chosen. The painstaking efforts of the weavers in maintaining the purity of dyeing and weaving, including the control and placement of threads during the weave contribute largely to the complexity of the weave patterns and pleasing appearance of the dark and light thread designs formed on the handloom fabrics or sarees. Colours that are employed for the dyeing of threads are fast and well-chosen.

Current trends see Pochampally silk saris with traditional designs, zari borders and elegant pallus with pleasing designs and colourful prints, making it a must-buy for weddings, festivals, traditional functions and even corporate wear. Current trends see Pochampally handloom sarees with ethnic patterns, shiny zari borders and designer pallus with stylish designs and colourful prints.

 Time-consuming, elaborate preparations of resist tying with precise calculation of areas where the patterns have to appear on the fabric, the resulting outcomes are new-look and captivating. Bigger the area, more the time and effort consumed, it is the dedicated effort of these traditional hubs that weave such magical creations.

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2. Ajrakh Cotton Fabric

Fabrics to seeLovely new designs in the familiar indigo and other shades of the blue color. There are other colors in their light and dark hues on display too. The traditional flavor of Ajrakh designs as well as certain new adaptations, are available to see and choose from. Backed by the Handloom Mark, adorned with pleasant floral scapes, it is a feast for the eyes and definitely something to consider buying.

The distinguishable form of wood block printing that has its roots or influences in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization is seen on the Ajrakh Printed Cotton fabrics. Ajrakh is from the Arabic word Azrak, meaning ‘indigo’ or ‘blue’. The design block is dipped in dye and the designs neatly printed on cotton & silk fabrics. It stems from a celebration of Mother Nature where blue and red, the pre-dominant colors, represent the Sky and Mother Earth. The motifs comprise shapes like the stars, flowers and other elements that are part of Nature.

Both natural and eco-friendly synthetic dyes are used. Cotton is a fabric that had good adhesion quality, the indigo color forms a new way of decorating fabrics. Mughal influence in motifs combined with the traditional printing with blocks, the current day form of Ajrakh printing is a by-product of various influences, very slightly modified to changing market tastes. Colors came from elements in nature, like indigo or blue, red, black. With the introduction of eco-friendly dyes vibrant colors like yellow, orange and rust came to be used.

All motifs in Ajrak printing are built around a central point and repeated across the fabric in a grid-like manner. Thus a design of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines make up beautiful intended designs. Ajrak prints can easily be seen on turbans, waist sashes, shawls, dupattas, chaddars, sarees, home furnishings and shawls. The range keeps widening as and when it catches the fancy of the traditional practitioners of the art. Indian fashion designers have effortlessly fused traditional ajrak with modern tastes.

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3. Mercerized South Cotton Fabric

Fabrics to seeOne of the very soft and smooth versions of the handloom, South Cotton fabrics have both the mercerized and non-mercerized varieties to pick from. You could have the simple plain expanse, the motif filled area or a judicious mix of the two. There is plenty of variety as regards use of colored border, or the richer golden zari border, flowery scapes, geometrical designs, the zigzag pattern and a host of other delightful experiments. How you would use the fabric is based on your thought process based upon the design. Exploring the lot would be worth your while!

The variety of cotton in the southern part of India used for fabrics is soft, having good texture and with a lot of incorporations and adornments. The popularity of south cotton sarees as much preferred fabrics for housewives and working women alike, stems from their light weight, airy feel and all-day comfort. Most working women prefer to wear a cotton saree, on account of the feel and comfort.

The South cotton saree is quite popular as summer wear for being suitably light and comfortable and with a vast range of colours and adornments, with extended use for most occasions. Handloom clusters of south India are known for their unique weaving, familiar regional motifs, traditional zari or thread borders with very elegant pallus.

Pure cotton, mercerized cotton, gicha and unbleached cotton are some variants of cotton used in weaving. South Cotton sarees are easy to maintain. They retain freshness throughout the day.

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Fabrics to seePlain fields with decorative ikat woven borders in the true Sambalpuri ethos is what we get to see. The 100 % pure handloom cotton fabrics are a sure steal when you consider the plain fields and the allure resulting from nice ikat designed borders that decorate the periphery. Different hues in pastel shades that are meant to keep the environs light and bright.

The traditional Sambalpuri Saree in its cotton and silk versions is a captivating fabric from the tribal belt of Odisha. Using Ikkat patterns or the tie-dye method in their making, they sport lustre, strength, smoothness and soft feel, plus elasticity and the desirable quality to acquire most colours and shades is provided by mercerized cotton, a more affordable and appealing substitute to the costly silk. Cotton has the best absorption capacity among fabrics and is a ‘breathing’ fabric which allows free air movement. This allows the body to cool and keeps it comfortable in hot and sultry weather conditions. The Ikkat style of weaving is employed in the hand-woven Sambalpuri saree using geometrical patterns. Within the ikkat style are variants of single-ikkat and double-ikkat. Alternately the tie-die method of weaving and then dyeing, known as ‘bandhakala’ is also used.

This traditional art uses vegetable dyes to a large extent, with a leaning toward artificial colours in present day creations. Black, yellow, orange, maroon, are the preferred hues.

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Fabrics to see – A rich experiment in colors and designs! Deep vibrant shades of grey, blue with golden zari checks, blue in floral rapture, simple but classy brown are some of the vast array of Tussar Silks that are for you to explore. The pure handloom
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Tussar is a fabric that the heart yearns for simply because of the simple shine and texture. Nicely woven pieces to help you make up your mind about ‘what lengths you would go to’ to realize your dream?

Tussar Silk also known as ‘Kosa’ Silk is also called ‘wild silk’, a name given because the silkworms breed on trees like Sal and Arjun found in the forests of Jharkhand. The raw silk has a deep golden colour and is of good texture. The woven Tussar Silk fabric has a coarse texture, is light on the body, airy and has a comfortable feel about it. Hand-woven Tussar Silk fabrics are well known for their texture, borders and motifs and the hand crafted designs that enrich them.

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Fabrics to see – A whole lot of Kalamkari pieces to choose from. Plenty of imagery and flowery gardens to choose your pick.

Kalamkari is from ‘Kalam’ (pen) and ‘Kari’ (craftsmanship), words from the Persian for the art of hand painting done on fabrics with the use of a pen and in modern parlance extended to include hand block printing. Kalamkari decorated fabrics showcase traditional simplicity, elaborate themes, sharp detailing and attractive motifs in a host of bright and pleasing hues. Kalamkari comes off beautifully on a whole lot of fabrics like silk, cotton, sico art silks such as georgette Sarees, chiffon, Supernet Sarees, crepe silk and others. With vegetable dyes being used, colours are fast and long lasting. Motifs with trees, creepers, flowers, leaves, birds are popular subjects.
A time-consuming and arduous task, that involves patience and dedication, it is the sharpness of the lines, the fine details and the picturesque outcome that make this ethnic effort worth its while.
Kalamkaris  in the printed variety have block prints featuring floral designs and geometrical patterns arranged in designer fashion.
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7. Banarasi Organza

Fabrics to see – Nicely woven and smooth to the touch they come in the simple light and dark shades of the same color in the checks pattern, flower beds neatly arranged on a smooth plain field are some of the enticing pieces on display.

Organza a thin weave, sheer fabric, traditionally woven from silk is also woven from synthetic fabric materials like polyester or nylon. A great advantage of organza fabrics is its very good affinity to colours and hence one can find a whole range of apparel of pleasing and varied colours and shades. A great advantage of organza fabrics is its very good affinity to colours and hence one can find a whole range of apparel of pleasing and varied colours and shades. A great advantage of organza fabrics is its very good affinity to colours and hence one can find a whole range of apparel of pleasing and varied colours and shades.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Shop Online Vibrant Pure Banarasi Organza Fabrics" color="warning" align="center" link="||target:%20_blank"][vc_column_text]8. Rajasthani Cotton
Fabrics to see – A lot of innovative designs from the hand block in light and dark colors. Floral, geometric, imaginative shapes in array in blue, yellow, orange, grey and what not. It would be nice to see for yourself!
Rajasthani cotton is known for its soft and smooth texture and one that allows for a wide range of vibrant and soft colours in organic and man-made dyes. While its handloom sarees display the fine quality of weaving like seen in the Kota Doria, the traditional printing techniques like the Bagru Printed sarees, Dabu, rapid block printing etc. involving the ethnic methods of leheriya, bandhani tie & dye, Sanganer Block, Balotra rapid dye, pigment printing, batik have all been used to create sensational designs and patterns of modern taste, with the cotton fabric affording a good canvas for the display of such fine work. Floral designs, geometric shapes, abstract prints are all popularly chosen for the Rajasthani cotton
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Fabrics to see – the Kanchi cotton fabric is known for its softness and good texture. So get ready to be amazed by the play in wonderful pastel colors, plain elegance and exotic borders. Truly a collection that should be explored soon!

The Kanchipuram Cotton Handloom, is known for being soft, airy and comfortable. Having check patterns, attractive colour combinations, appealing motifs, elegant borders and pallus, it is comfortable, appealing and preferred during summers. It holds its own place as a popular variety of fabric.
Typical motifs are sun, moon, peacock, swan, lion and mango. Themes like jasmine flowers scattered between boundaries, parallel lines running across or temple structures are also popular.
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10. Chanderi Sico

Fabrics to see – There are two noteworthy ranges to discover. Lovely light colored to pastel plains and the floral extravaganza. The fabric is Chanderi Sico so anything that comes with it gets elevated in look and allure. See for yourself the pure handloom fabrics of excellence that whatever use you put it to, it will brighten the environs.

The famed Chanderi, known for the stylistic Bootis and extraordinary threadwork on fine weaves in silk and cotton sarees is a uniquely crafted fabric. With plain to moderately adorned patterns or motifs and small but attractive coloured borders and exquisite pallus with some adornment, Chanderi  sicos, in their silk and cotton blends have been popular for the extremely fine texture and sheer quality.

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11. Andhra Khadi Cotton

Fabrics to see – Khadi is simple and plain but given to the Andhra weaver, it results in a different colorful avatar. Nothing much when it comes to the decorative elements but very much beckoning by making use of the choicest pastel hues. A color canvas of delightful colors at your disposal!

Andhra Handlooms are the symbol of harmony and simplicity while maintaining a dignified elegance. Handlooms that include pure handloom cotton and rich lustrous cotton silk pattu sarees, Andhra Handlooms are known for their quiet play in colors, neither dull or pale nor very bright.  Andhra Khadi cotton handlooms are simple weaves of smooth texture, soft feel, that are in attractive colors, vibrant but not hitting the eye. Good count weaves the lattice is fine for elaborate prints, but the general patterns are simple geometric or light distributed motifs with captivating borders in varied colors. There is nothing highlighted nor attention centric, yet the fabric as a whole by virtue of its simple color play and contrast borders , provides elegance and allure to the wearer of the finished product.

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12. Dabu Printed Rajasthani Cotton

Fabrics to see - Dabu, the traditional or ethnic way of printing on fabrics, loves to come alive on cotton. This affinity is the reason to boast for the ‘muddy’ process so drastically transforms the prints from the initial dull to the interesting floral spreads that so easily capture the interest of the buyer that there are times when choosing becomes difficult. Plenty of florals in red and blue!

Dabu Printing, practised mostly in Rajasthan, has churned out extraordinary fabrics of brilliant colours and mind-blowing designs that have left modern pundits dumbstruck. The amazing part is that such fine prints come out of the application of the hand block using the Mud near the river in the form of a special paste and using it like a dye. Pure cotton, pure silk, chiffon, crepe, georgette and super net sarees are some of the different fabrics that have shown good results with Dabu print sarees.

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Fabrics to see – Batik can never be boring. An art that stretches the mind, the designs are always something that interest the psyche. See for yourself the very nice splashy floral experiments in vivid colors. Fabrics that could be put to any good use!

Cotton is a fine natural fibre which is soft, light, airy and very comfortable, especially during the summer season. It is durable, has good affinity to colours and is skin-friendly. Cotton handloom sarees offer good canvas for designs, patterns and motifs.
Batik is a process using ‘resists’ for making designs on a fabric. The conventional Batik process has a resist or a physical block in some form or the other to prevent desired areas on the fabric from being penetrated by dye. Generally wax is used as a resist in Batik. The block printed areas where resists are in place, come out as un-dyed areas in the dyed fabric.
Printed motifs like boota (corn stalk), surajmukhi or sunflower, animals and geometrical patterns are popular subjects. Batik can be done with various types of dye & wax on cotton, silk and other natural Batik cotton fabrics. Cotton is easy to work with and generally gives best results.
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 Why wait? Explore the lot and pick your choice at the earliest! Very many varieties of handlooms under a single roof.

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