Top Fashion Designers Keeping Handloom Textile Alive


Do you cherish your grandmother’s old silk saree? That hand-woven piece is definitely classy and something you can never say no to! Even if you don’t wear sarees too often, you would want to convert that silk drape into a dress!!

Handloom was a tad uncool a while back. The sector had declined and artisans were forced to leave their profession. However, handloom textile is breathing a fresh lease of life and the credit goes to the fashion designers who have entered the scene!

Take a sneak-peek at some of the designers who brought it all alive!

1) Ritu Kumar

The name is enough! She has been creating clothes with traditional crafts and ancient designs. Ritu Kumar likes to work with silk and cotton and has come out with stunning pieces. ‘Beautiful Hands’ is a campaign run by her that showcases ethnic embroidery styles. Along with this, there is a line of clothing called ‘The Revivalist’ that aims at bringing traditional Indian crafts to mainstream fashion.

2) Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla has done a lot of work with handwoven textiles such as Banarasi and Kanjeevarams. The best part is that her creations are a fusion of Indian textiles with western fabrics (georgette, gauze, and chiffon). And the outcome is simply awesome! She has designed for several Bollywood movies and lead actresses. The designer had taken a step towards working with Paithani, the Maratha tapestry. In February 2016, she brought out her Paithani style collection.

3) Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi is famous for his bridal collection. He was the first one to make use of Indian textiles with a modern twist. Methods like bandhani, hand dyeing, gota and block printing are used in designing modern outfits. There is a significant use of Banarasi fabric in his collections. He has even started an initiative where he sells hand-woven sarees at Rs. 3,500 without earning any profit. The proceeds of the sales are sent to the weavers of Murshidabad!

4) Anita Dongre

The famous designer has launched a clothing line named ‘Grassroots’ that has Indian textiles, eco-friendly and natural dyes. She has also come up with ‘InterPret’ that has clothes with Lucknowi Chikankari work along with Rajasthani block prints, Bandhani and Leheriya techniques.

5) Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal has worked with all kinds of fabrics but he created a demand for Khadi and has been chosen by the Khadi Gram Udyog to work with him. Kudos to him!

6) Wendell Rodricks

This designer from Goa revived the saree worn by the Kunbi Tribe in Goa. The Kunbi saree had almost vanished from the scene but he brought it back to life!

Wasn’t it good to know about fashion designers keeping handloom textile alive?

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