The origin of Indian textiles can be traced back 5000years to the Indus Valley Civilization. Rig-Veda, the earliest of the Vedas contains literary information about textiles and refers to weaving. The Ramayana and Mahabharata, eminent Indian epics depict the existence of wide variety of fabrics in ancient India. The rich tradition of textile in India has been favoured by the easy abundance of raw materials like cotton, silk, wool and jute synchronised with weaving, dying, printing or embroideries, reflecting a myriad of social customs, local cultures, geographical and climatic conditions of each area. The contemporary Indian textile not only reflects the splendid past but also caters to the requirements of the modern times.
Silk and cotton weaving predominates the rich tradition of weaving in India. Assam, Banaras, Mysore, Surat and Kanchipuram are all important centres of silk weaving. While some of the traditional styles are Banarasi, Patola, Baluchari, Pochampalli , Paithani , Kota Doria, Maheshwari and Chanderi, the coastal areas of the south and eastern regions prefer light coloured fabrics and particularly cotton and silk. The pashmina shawls and krewl embroideries of Kashmir, the geometrical designs on shawls and woollen garments of Himachal Pradesh and other north eastern states provide excellent examples of the woven woollen Indian textiles. The barren and semi barren regions like Rajasthan and Gujarat prefer bright coloured textiles, dyed, printed or handcrafted with bright embroideries.
Other important and popular Indian embroideries are Phulkari from the state of Punjab, Chikan and Zardozi from Uttar Pradesh and Kantha from Bengal while the ornate style of appliqu? -most commonly done bright coloured fabrics- is found in the Kutchh region of Gujarat and some regions in Orissa.
The list may go on but Go India Journeys invites you to observe this phenomenon first hand- Travel across the country and marvel at an industry that is self-reliant and offers great diversification and versatility.
Led by an expert with an in-depth knowledge of the crafts and the people , come marvel, learn and interact with masters of the craft willing to share their age old traditional techniques.
It is a truly inspiring experience.