SUSTAINABLE FASHION : FUTURE TREND

I’m sure all of you must have heard this term ” SUSTAINABLE FASHION ” quite a lot in recent years. Some of you must be aware about what this actually this is , while some you still must be wondering about it. SO , my this blog is for the ones who don’t know or know bits of “SUSTAINABLE FASHION”.

Before going upon sustainable fashion first let me tell you about what sustainability is : sustainability is about maintaining life on earth and the ecosystems required to support it. In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them or you can say using the current resources in a way that we save these resources for our future generation as well. And from this originated the notion of sustainable fashion.

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sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. In practice, this implies continuous work to improve all stages of the product’s life cycle, from design, raw material production, manufacturing, transport, storage, marketing and final sale, to use, reuse, repair, remake and recycling of the product and its components. 

From an environmental perspective, the aim should be to minimize any undesirable waste producing from the product.(a) ensuring efficient and careful use of natural resources (water, energy, land, soil, animals, plants, biodiversity, ecosystems, etc); (b) selecting renewable energy sources (wind, solar, etc) at every stage, and (c) maximizing repair, remake, reuse, and recycling or up-cycling of the product . From a socio-economic perspective, all stakeholders should work to improve present working conditions for workers on the field, in the factories, transportation chain, and stores, by aligning with good ethics, best practice and international codes of conduct. Maintaining transparency for the consumer , if we do not know what is happening , how can we question ?

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This was all about sustainable fashion , now the question is how as a consumer we can contribute towards sustainability? here you go with the answer – ( 1 ) By being aware about sustainable fashion and creating awareness about . ( 2 ) investing in brand or any product which are sustainable in nature after researching about it. There are brands who claim to be sustainable but are not , so do research before buying. ( 3 ) Accepting slow fashion , using your old clothes styling into something new , rather than throwing away or you can contact several brands or person who are up-cycling using waste or old clothes. ( 4 ) There are so many movement about sustainability , try to keep yourself updated about them and you can also volunteer in them as well.

This was all about sustainable fashion , let me know are you accepting sustainability in any way and your views upon sustainable fashion.

WARLI PAINTING : ART OF WEST

To show a great story through a collection it is really important to explore different culture , art and history. Exploring is the best part of designing , through which you come to know about different culture and lifestyle and so many more.

One of my explored art is warli painting , taking inspiration from this I have designed a handprint duppata . before going to the design let me tell you more about the warli painting.

Warli paintings are believed to be one of the oldest form of art in history. It is a form of tribal art which owes its origin to the state of Maharashtra in India. Warli painting is a style of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Range in India. This range encompasses cities such as Dahanu, Talasari, Jawhar, Palghar, Mokhada, and Vikramgadh of Palghar district. This tribal art was originated in Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today.

The Warli culture is centered around the concept of Mother Nature and elements of nature are often focal points depicted in Warli painting. Farming is their main way of life and a large source of food for the tribe. They greatly respect nature and wildlife for the resources that they provide for life. Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases. These  wall paintings use a set of basic geometric shapes : a circle, a triangle, and a square. These shapes are symbolic of different elements of nature.

so here what I did , taking inspiration form warli painting designed a handprint fabric with warli painting done on both the side of the fabric.

THIS IS THE PAINTING DONE ON THE FABRIC
THIS IS THE FABRIC DRAPED UPON MANNEQUIN

This is what I did , if you have also done something like this please share and let me know what do you feel about it.

AJRAKH : AAJ KE DIN RAKH (KEEP IT TODAY)

Ajrakh is derived from an Arabic word azrak meaning blue , after primary color. Ajrakh literally meant “aaj ke din rakh “or “keep it for today” because that is what the process is.

At every stage of the tedious dying process, the fabric should dry for three to four days. Nature plays an important role in the making of Ajrakh. Craftsmen work in total harmony with their environment, where the sun, river, animals, trees and mud are all part of its making. Resist and mordant resist printing styles are used to print Ajrakh.

Motifs used in this print are dominated by geometrical shapes and use intense jewel-like colours of rich crimson and a deep indigo, with black and white highlights.

Ajrakh Printing
AJRAKH MOTIFS

Ajrakh is one of the earliest type of block printed textile in the world and is native to the land around river Indus. The history of the Ajrakh can be traced from the times of the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, around 2500BC to 1500BC. The bust of the mohenjo-daro priest king wrapped in shawl with which is decorated with a trefoil pattern (like a three-leafed clover) interspersed with small circles, the interiors of which are filled with a red
pigment. The same trefoil pattern has been discovered in Mesopotamia, as well as on the royal couch of Tutankhamen. This pattern, which symbolises the unity of the gods of the Sun, water and earth, survives as the cloud pattern in the modern Ajrakh.

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Ajrakh is still practised in parts of Gujarat ( Kutch) and Rajasthan (Pipad and pali) in India, and in Sindh in Pakistan. The people of Sindh have a deep reverence for Ajrakh. From birth to marriage, until death, Ajrakh celebrates all significant events of the life cycle.

The Ajrakh block printing of Kachchh, India
AJRAKH BLOCK PRINTING

This was all about another famous textile of India. This craft is now declining as it is more labor intensive and profit margins are also very low.

India is land of many textile , we have vast variety to choose from . Tell me one of your favorite textile of India , on which I can re search and can write.

RAJASTHANI TEXTILE : TIE AND DYE

India’s westernmost state, created in 1949 , now known as RAJASTHAN is one of the most colorful part of INDIA. The tie and dye textile work of Rajasthan is one of its most colorful cultural products. It is as old as 5000 years and is one of the oldest traditions of the state still practiced.  Bandhana or Bandha are Sanskrit words which means to tie , the reason why Bandha work is called Bandhini.

Bikaner, Sikar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Nathadwara in Rajasthan are the main centres of tie and dye work in India. The art of tying and dying is believed to have developed in Jaipur as a form popularly known as ‘lehariya’. The technique has travelled to Rajasthan with the Muslim Khatris from Sindh and even today, the Muslim Khatris are the largest community involved in the business of tie and dye.

Tie and dye is a form of resist dyeing on fabric here the designs are resisted by tieing threads on the pre designed areas, after which the fabric is dyed; thus
called tie and dye.

Generally bright and contrasting colors are used for tie and dye. The earliest examples of Tie and dye textiles have been excavated in Peru (South America) dating from 1 -2 Century (BC) and in China of 4c AD. Sculptures of the Ajanta cave show the earliest tie and dye in India (6-7cAD), though it is believed that advanced techniques of resist dyeing were carried out in Mohenjodaro and Harappa.

Traditionally dyeing and printing in India was done using vegetable dyes only. These are dyes obtained from different parts of plants. Sources of natural dyes use to be flower , leafs , fruits and vegetable.

As the name suggest the fabric is first tied with thread tightly and then dyed. Common fabric used for tie and dye are  silk, cotton, satin, georgette, chiffon. Rajasthan is famous for the production of tie and dye fabric.There are various designs of tie and dye work. Lehariya and Bandhej are the basic and most common ones.

PROCESS OF TIE AND DYE

The ‘lehariya‘ tie and dye pattern shows waves or ripples, running diagonally on the fabric. Usually lehariya is done using two colors. These colors occupy the alternate waves. Initially, red and yellow were the only two colors that were used for lehariya. However, now-a-days multicolored lehariya are also in trend. Lehariya materials are used to makes odhnis, turbans, dress materials, sarees etc. Turbans of Leheriya pattern were a popular male fashion choice in the 19th & 20th century.

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LEHARIYA

Mothra‘ is another design of tie and dye work. Inspired by the lehariya design, mothra is a checked pattern, with opposite diagonal waves running across the cloth.

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MOTHRA

Another popular design is ‘bandhej‘ . The pattern usually involves floral and geometric designs. The base of the fabric on which bandhej is performed usually comes in dark colors like any shade of blue, red, green, black and brown.

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BANDHEJ

This was all about the tie and dye of Rajasthan. Not only tie and dye Rajasthan is also famous for ” BAGRU PRINT ” , ” SANGANER PRINT ” , ” KOTA DORIYA ” , ” BARMERI PRINTS ” . The culture of Rajasthan is very rich with so many tradition and festivals and these are one of the reason of its tourist attraction.

KALAMKARI : ART OF PEN

In my earlier blog ” TEXTILE : INDIAN HERITAGE ” I mentioned about kalamkari print , here I ‘m going to discuss in detail about the art of KALAMKARI.

Kalam refers to pen and kari refers to art. This means the art of pen.The pen that is used for this process is made from a bamboo or date palm branch, pointed at one end with a bundle of fine hairs or cotton to brush on the color. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari and it involves twenty-three steps. Today Kalamkari is done at 2 main centers – Sri Kalahasti and masulipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Both these places have distinctive styles of their own.

craftsman working on kalamkari

Sri Kalahasti: – Sri kalahasti has been ruled bythe Hindu rulers. Kalamkari here was done onwall hangings for temples and shrines, scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana were depicted. Gods mainly Lord Krishna was done in blue, women in yellow. And the demons in deep red/black. Telegu script was written in between the lines to describe the painting.

Masulipatnam: the Muslim rulers ruled this place. Hence they were forbidden to use any human or animal designs. They used exotic flowers from the Kashmiri shawls and carpets. Mythical flowers and geometrical motifs were also used. Tree of life, a very popular motif, which originates from 1 point or a pot, is proportionate and symmetrical and has exotic birds and flowers was commonly used. Paislay is another very common motif used.

Motifs drawn in the ancient art of kalamkari includes : flower , peacock , paisley and also divine characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Kalamkari was born out of an art of storytelling.

kalamkari one piece

A beautifully hand printed kalamkari one piece , having a lady in the front part and lotus at the bottom. This white simple dress with kalamkari art done on it speak itself about the art of kalamkari. Traditionally this art used to make kalamkari sari , but now designers has incorporated the art of kalamkari in various design and silhouette.

This was all about the art of pen which is famous Sirikalahasti & Masulipatnam on the Coromandel coast of India.

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Example of kalamkari print.

DRAPING : A UNIQUE WAY OF DRESSING

Draping is the process of transforming a clothing design into a three-dimensional form. The art of draping dates back to 3500 BCE, beginning with the Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptians. Greek fashion followed with the invention of draped silhouettes like the chiton, peplos, chlamys and himation. The Etruscans and Ancient Romans invented the toga, a length of fabric that wraps and drapes around the body.

Throughout the ages, clothing was categorized as either “fitted” or “draped.” A “fitted” garment would be sewn together and worn close to body, in contrast to a “draped” garment, such as a toga that doesn’t require sewing. In today’s fashion world, both fitted and draped garments can be patterned using the draping process.

Draping has been the hallmark of several famous designers beginning with Madame Grès, known as the “Queen of the Drape”.Madame Grès and French-born, American designer Pauline Trigère, were both known for draping their designs directly on live models instead of dress forms.

Designer love draping because their imagination comes to life as they manipulate the fabric on the dress form or the model. Draping is a unique way of dressing because without stitching the garment you can wear it. So, basically a draped garment is an outfit without stitch. This dose not mean that draped garment are not stitched , they are but some time you can innovate the garment without actually stitching.

My interest in draping develop after the workshop my collage arranged for all student called : ‘ OUTFIT WITHOUT STITCH BY KANWALJEET SINGH ” last year , during that workshop me we were asked to form pairs so , me and my friend we partners and we created a Trumpet silhouette red carpet garment , which was our first try and it trun out to be Bizarre , for me.

This is me working on the outfit
this is our final garment

so , this is the garment I was talking about. We used red colored net and satin fabric . Draped it around her body tied a knot or sometimes we used pin to hold the fabric. And trust me it was really very interesting work , I enjoyed a lot.

Let me know how do feel about it and if you also have ever tried making a dress for yourself like this.

JEWELRY : WOMEN ‘S LOVE

Gemstones and jewelry have been a part of mankind since before history was written. Jewelry is something that we adore mostly women but men are no less than women , They do like to wear rings and chains. But now in recent years oxidized jewelry and thread based jewelry are like by women the most , simple because they are easy to carry and mostly go perfectly with your traditional look.

Even I have been fangirling on these oh so pretty handmade thread jewelry as I have been seeing lots of girls wearing them and flaunting and posting cool picture . The first question arise in my mind was from where did they get these pieces from ? and I’m so sure , I’m not the only one here thinking about this.

If you are like me then this blog is just for you , I have been surfing and surfing about this and then I stop my search when I came across@crevaaz on instagram. They have variety of thread bangles in lovely colors and earings and neckpiece with gotta patti design , cowerie shell design and I can go on and on about it , So let me just share some pictures with you from their profile and let alone you decide about it. Here you go –

here is red color thread color bangles which will go so well with your traditional look and you can even customize it according to your garment.

This one is for you brides to pair these upon your MEHNDI and HALDI .

I’m loving all these , I hope the same for you .

you can see more pictures on there Instagram handle : https://www.instagram.com/crevaaz/

Let me know about what you think in the comment and do not forget to pay a visit at there site.

INSPIRATION : THE REFLECTION OF YOUR WORK

Inspiration is a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, that gives you new and creative ideas. Inspire means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow in to. When you inspire something, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. when you are inspire by anything try to know everything and anything related to your inspiration.

Inspiration is the springboard for creativity. You can be inspire by anything that revolves around you : your emotions , your moods , nature , people anything that compels or attracts you towards it. When you are inspired by any thing your work speaks about it. Every designer has a story to tell about their collection and their inspiration is reflected in there collection. The link between inspiration and creativity is consistent. With inspiration comes creativity , you may be inspire by the works of other , which is fueling your creativity to make something or do something out of the box.

I made my first collection taking water waves as my inspiration. I used eco-friendly fabrics like cotton for my collection. With design manipulation incorporated for the same. The color of sea attracted me the most and through that I took my inspiration as water waves. For me is very fascinating to watch waves , there movement compels you to keep looking at them and hence I created my First collection. And here are the pictures of the same.

white cotton shirt and blue cotton trouser for your office wear.

white tie and dye ( triangle effect )summer dress for your casual outing.

A classy blue monochromatic one piece , with rushing effect on the top and box pleats at the bottom for any party occasion.

Do tell me which one you like the most in the comment.

HAIR ACCESSORIES : YOUR STYLING STATEMENT

Over these last few years, there has been a growing adoration for hair accessories in day-to-day fashion. Hair accessories are one of humanity’s oldest forms of fashion. From archaeological research to the written archive, expressions of hair and hair accessories indicate they have been an essential method  of conveying wealth, sexuality, health, and spirituality throughout the centuries.

For thousands of years, hair bands, ribbons, bows, hairpins, combs, scrunchies, beads, threads, sticks, and other various materials have been used in the hair for both aesthetic and cultural value to express identity. 

Hair accessories are an eternal trend. Are you also a victim of hair accessories trend ?

social media has exploded with so many pictures of hair accessories with different styling. And I ‘ m so much obsessed with all of them , and I’m sure I’m not the only one here. so , in today’s post I will be sharing some accessories and where you can get them.

Here is the page named – Embelisha , I found on my instagram account where you can buy hand made hair accessories and many more styling stuff. My personal favorite are Turban band and Scrunchies.

” girl’s first love in hair accessories are SCRUNCHIES ” , I believe. Here are some Ideas as to how you can stylize EMBELISHA scrunchies and flaunt.

I ‘ m going crazy and so ready to stylize my day to day look. You can not only adore your hair with scrunchies but also your wrist. And let’s not forget about turban band.

so , here we go with turban band with beads to adore our heads. I m going crazy !! just by looking at them and can not wait to use them. Not only these , EMBELISHA has many more hair accessories like : Bow clips , Bunny wraps and so many more things which a girl needs. So here is the Instagram Handle : https://www.instagram.com/embelisha/ where you can buy them and by sharing your experience you can get yourself feature as well.

Stylize your day to day look with these pretty hair accessories and let me know in the comments as to how you feel about it.

MASK : THE NEW NORMAL

We are opening up. Slowly, but surely. In a time like this, masks are mandatory.  it is going to be quite odd but this is for our protection and we all know that prevention is better than cure hence, mask are mandatory. let’s adopt this new normal and get our lives on track.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, told Fast Company face masks have always been used as statement pieces.

Over 400 years ago, doctors wore face masks shaped like beaks with incense inside because people believed plagues were transmitted through foul smells. “They clearly didn’t work,” Steele said. “But they were terrifying to look at and expressed the horror that society was experiencing.” Again in the 19th century, masks made a comeback. Scientists found germs on dust particles so the upper-class women in Paris covered themselves in lace veils. During the Spanish flu, Americans wore facial coverings as a patriotic symbol and as an effort to stop the spread of the disease. Now , after this pandemic the mask are back not only for the doctors but for all the citizen it is important to protect themselves .

And not only this they are going to fashion statement as well , in future we won’t be stepping out of our place without “MASK” that is for sure , because the mask is new normal. But the question is how do we stylize it with our daily wear . Here is what the students of INIFD UDAIPUR has done to show the world that during these hard time , they did not let go of their creativity and have come up with ideas to show the world as to how the future is going to be and how all of us can stylize ourselves with “MASK”.

An embroidered mask paired up with embroidered one piece .

Studs mask paired up with Georgette kurti .

Tie and Dye mask paired up with tie and one piece.

for more inspiration upon how you can stylize your day to day look with mask you can visit https://www.instagram.com/inifdudaipur/

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