The nine-yard weave has been getting an eco-friendly makeover in modern times as self-help groups have begun to experiment with contemporary yarns going beyond cotton and silk that make up the regular repertoire of sarees. Here are a five such fibres used these days giving the loom an innovative twist.
About the Kota Doria Often regarded the finest amongst the gossamer textiles and sarees of India, the Masuria Malmal or Kota Doria is recognized by it’s graph like geometric pattern called “khats”. Woven in pure cotton and silk in different densities, the saree is much loved and treasured for it’s lightness that retains a very versatile grandeur. It’s origin as a craft are shrouded in mystery and there are several myths all handed down from generation to genertation. One theory is that the word “Masuria” part of the local lexicon of the Kota saree attributes it’s name to its origin – the erstwhile Kingdom state of Mysore, while other’s believe that it is a tribute to the use of...
The word Ajrakh is derived from the word azurakh, meaning blue in Persian. The blue in the patterns symbolize the sky, the red the twilight and the night is represented by black. The white designs strewn across the fabric are reminiscent of the eternal light of the stars.
The Greeks called this blue pigment ‘indikon’, meaning a product from India, and this word became indigo in English. Another ancient term for the dye is ‘nili’ from the Sanskrit meaning dark blue from which the Arabic term for blue ‘al-nil’ is derived. This word entered Spanish as anil and later made its way to Central and South America where it is used to refer to indigo.