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The difference in textile fibres used to make sarees in India.

Mainly, textile fibres are of two types; natural and man-made. Natural fibers are categorized in three types called vegetables, animals and mineral fibers. Similarly, man-made fibers are of two types, named as regenerated and synthetic. In terms of length, we can divide textile fibers again into two categories called staple fibers and filament fibers. Nylon, Cotton, Wool, Polyester and Silk are the names of some popular textile fibers that are different from each other in terms of length, color, strength and many other properties and are most commonly mixed with natural fibres in saree yarn.Let’s highlight these differences: Nylon Nylon is a synthetic textile fiber that is widely used in making fabrics. The raw materials used in manufacturing of Nylon are...

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MANISH SAKSENA for THE REGISTRY OF SAREES

Ahead of the launch of Manish Saksena for The Registry of Sarees, the designer spoke to us about fashion hits, keeping traditions alive in fashion, and the secrets to lasting style. Manish Saksena is a man of impeccable taste. If you’ve ever wondered what has gone on behind the scenes in defining Indian retail fashion, meeting Manish gives you a sense of how steep the learning curve of growing style in India has been.  Manish has strong roots in St. Stephens College, New Delhi and London School of Fashion, and he has worked in different genres and scopes with Madura Garments as Creative Director, with Landmark Group as Head of Buying and successfully launched the first organized ethnic wear brand...

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WEAVING TECHNIQUES - JAMDANI

  The “Jamdani” is more a weaving technique rather than a weave generic to a place. For the longest time it has been synonymous with Dhaka before the partition of Bengal. During the early 19th century due to the industrial revolution in England that brought in machine-made Jamdani, the actual Jamdani, woven on the looms, suffered a big setback and slowly started go extinct.
 A few designers took an interest and wanted to revive the traditional Jamdani. They trained the weavers on the weaving technique in the village of Uppada, Andhra Pradesh and made it popular with the name Uppada sarees and Neelambari in North India. More so in Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi
. DECIPHERING JAGDANI   The Jamdani is a supplementary...

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Discovering Cotton 2/10: When Cotton Was Banned

The English East India Company imported on average around 15 million yards of Indian cotton cloth a year between 1670 and 1760. Indian cottons were sought after by European consumers because of their desirable properties. They were the first textiles whose colour could resist washing and did not fade with light. Indian cottons were also much cheaper than silks and woollens. Though not as long-lasting as woollens, cottons’ short durability was compensated by the fact that they were seen as extremely fashionable.  Their motifs and design were perceived as exotic in the same way in which Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer, chinoiserie, and other Asian goods were.  The inroads of Indian cotton textiles into the consuming habits of Europeans also generated...

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Discovering Cotton 1/10

  What’s happening at The Registry of Sarees this June? We’ve been trying to understand as much about cotton as is possible and we’d like to share it with you.  South India is believed to be inherently a cotton growing and wearing economy and culture. This is of course before Silkworm was brought to us and the cultivation of the “Cotton Tree” ( Gossypium Arboreum) gave way to the Mulberry plant that literally feeds the silk industry. India is now the second largest cotton producer in the world – but the variety of cotton available commonly in the market is not the cotton of our ancestors. A genetically modified strain of cotton, Bt Cotton delivers a faster crop. Aside from...

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