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Cultural Influences on Textiles: India

Year 12 Textiles


India has been producing coveted textiles since at least 4000 B.C.E. Egypt was an early trading partner, purchasing cotton fabrics and dyed threads. When Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama established a trade route from Europe to India in 1498, local fabrics became a kind of currency.


Lashkaraa is about heritage and beauty. We’re about fashion that is timeless, but rooted in contemporary style. From minimal & sophisticated to heavily embellished, our clothes embody the spirit of the modern indian woman - effortlessly chic, with a touch of tradition.

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India has so much to offer, it might just take you by surprise. From the array of delicacies to the interesting customs, traditions and festivals we celebrate, every state has its own cultural identity. And an essential part of that is the attire of the people. Did you know that not just the outfits, but even the fabric used to make them are unique to each state of India? Yes, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, every region has its own handloom techniques that are used to weave many unique fabrics. Let’s go on this amazing tour of Fabric of India

Today Handloom sector of India is one of the most important industry of India, providing employment to backward and down trodden people and contributing in export sector. Indian Handloom Textiles constitute a timeless facet of the rich cultural Heritage of India. The evidences reveal that handloom industry is the most ancient industry of India. Many historians and excavation work presented the old picture of hand weaving.

Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. It is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing. Block printing by hand is a slow process. It is, however, capable of yielding highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.

From an artist who is giving a new lease of life to Khadi - a material that symbolises India's struggle for freedom to a book on the intricate art of Chikankari, we explore India's rich textile heritage.

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Textiles have a long and distinguished history in the Indian sub-continent. The technique of mordant dyeing, which gives intense colours that do not fade, has been used by Indian textile workers since the second millennium BC.


In the international commerce of the pre-industrial era, spices and textiles were the principal commodities. India in particular was known for the quality of its textiles, and for centuries was involved in a brisk trade with Far and Southeast Asia.

Textile as art