Charkha the Spinning Art

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Traditional & Ethnic attire that covers Indian traditional category of women clothing as the sign of cultural heritage. It includes Saree, Salwar Kameez, Lehenga, Kurti, festive kurti along with fashion accessories.

Considering the cultural diversity from state to state in India, the country has a range of different languages, cuisines and fashion. Ethnic clothing in India not only vary by state but also according to the different religions, tribes and communities within the state. Charkha Art embarace clothing and fashion styles found in Indian states.

Charkha Art is trying to bring entire Indian culture into one stage called "charkhaart.com". Some of the key signatures are:

Bandhni and Sanganeri art from Rajasthan are popular post-loom techniques, where hand-spun cottons are imprinted with circular, square-shaped Bandhej tie-and-dye. Sanganeri is block work used on silks and cottons. Exquisite Indigo blue Dabu or mud-resist printing on hand-woven cotton in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Madhya Pradesh is home to the world-famous Chanderi and Maheshwari saris. These saris, with beautiful gold and silver designs embossed on light cotton, pure silk or tusser silk, are a delight in light colours of white, yellow and green. Districts of Ujjain and Indore also house fabrics treated with Batik works. The state’s Khargone district houses Maheshwar, where on the banks of river Narmada numerous weaving clusters produce Maheshwari silk on their looms. These hand-woven silks are also treated to Bagh block prints of Dhar.

Pochampalli silk from Telangana also uses the Ikat technique. Traditional Ikat dyeing is prevalent in Odisha and Telangana, Patola sarees of Gujarat use double-Ikat dyeing and that is what makes them intricate and expensive. Mangalgiri hand-woven sarees from Andhra Pradesh and Kalamkari prints with fine motifs derive inspiration from beautiful carvings of temple architecture in Andhra Pradesh. Chandrakala silk from Karnataka uses the traditional Kasuti embroidery from Mysore. Kasuti folk embroidery is also used on Ilkal sarees from Karnataka.

Kanjeevaram silk weaves from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu are also popularly christened Banarasi silk of South India. The designs are traditionally inspired from mythology, art and architecture and culture of the region. Kutthumpully or famously known as ‘Kasavu’ saree weaves from Kerala are the typical off-white golden blends that characterise silk and cotton weaves from the region. This, in fact, is most famous from the region and has been conferred the geographical indication from the region.