CRAFTS OF INDIA / DABU PRINTING / UNNATI SILKS
Take the Rajasthani cotton handlooms. Earthy and dark hues with pleasantly attractive floral patterns adorn these Dabu Prints sarees. There are the Venkatagiri cotton handlooms in dark shades that have stripes design, a lot of striking geometrical patterns like the zigzag pattern, huge floral bootis and designer pallus. There are also the lighter shades that have plenty of fresh floral and checks patterns as Dabu Prints with mesmerizing designer pallus. There are other cotton handloom varieties also that feature Dabu prints.
Experimentation with silk has also been done successfully with the Dabu prints on Kota silk sarees.
There are two interesting ranges in the Rajasthani soft cotton and the Mangalagiri Rajasthani cotton collection. The typical indigo Dabu range with the familiar blue and white indigo color salwar suits. There are the Maheshwari soft Rajasthani cotton Punjabi suits with dark colored plain fields on the kameez and a designer dabu printed chiffon dupatta.
You have brilliant prints on soft Rajasthani soft cotton kurtas, the deep blue indigo prints range, the Chanderi sico section that has lovely vibrant hues in Dabu on the kameez, the Punjab cotton salwar suits with floral designs all over. There is a variety in kameez look due to a variety of sleeve formats, from full sleeves to no sleeves. The kameez neck has different shapes from plain circular to the mandarin collar type with neck, sleeves and kameez bottom borders having simple designs to exquisite thread work. The salwars are plain or with light Dabu designs, while the dupattas are pure designer.
The Indian Skirt borrowed from the Western Skirt adapted to the Indian situation. Unnati experimented with a new look long skirt or maxi skirt that took the market by storm. The Indian version of the skirt has gone down well with Indian women. Not restricted to a length close to the knees like the western skirt, the Indian skirt is a long flowing drape from waist downwards to just above feet level. Suits tradition and looks trendy.
The Indian skirt being a modern garment and Dabu being a traditional style of printing, it was a unique experiment to get stylish innovative prints that would woo the fashion world.
Cotton creations in waist sizes suitable for the average Indian woman, the 38” long Skirts in pure handloom cotton, sport abstract designs that freshen the mind. Providing a fresh appeal with vibrant colours, there is an attempt to infuse delightful variety through frills and flaring bottoms, novel innovative introductions in pattern and design vide the traditional Dabu Prints, to continually enthrall the market and keep alive its interest in the Indian skirt.
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