Top 5 Indian Textiles You Should Include In Your Wardrobe

Gone are those days when traditional Indian textiles and handlooms were restricted to just ethnic wear.  The new generation designers are now giving us a fresh perspective into this old textile and craft in the form of kurtas, sherwanis, suits and of course in Indo-western fusion wear.

Before we start, let’s be clear – about, what is a Textile? Basically textile is a type of cloth or print or woven fabric on looms. There are different types of handlooms and textiles, from rudimentary which is used by tribal families, to a more sophisticated one which can weave multi-color and different styles of weaving. There is a huge number of Indian textiles made with different techniques of dying, that are available, and among them are; kalamkari, ikat, brocade, bandhani, zari, Chikankari etc.

So we will be talking about a few Indian Textiles that you can incorporate in your daily fashion and how you can style them.

 

Kalamkari:

Kalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed Indian textile, produced in Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This art was used to tell stories of Hindu mythology but now any kind of pattern or character can be used to make a kalamkari art. Designers like Sabyasachi, Ritu Kumar, Anita Dongre and many more are using this particular fabric/technique to make an impression in the industry.

 

  • How to style it:

Most of us may not be so confident as to incorporate Textiles in our wardrobe. But those who like to experiment with their looks can easily add this handloom (kalamkari) into their outfits. You can use it in the form of a shirt or a kurta and pair them with solid churidars or trousers.

 

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Ikat:

Ikat is the method of creating designs in fabric by using resist dyeing. The patterns aren’t created by painting or printing, like kalamkari. But instead by protecting parts of the yarn with a resist by binding it before the dyeing process. And finally removing the resist after dying. Ikat is one of the most popular Indian textiles that is used by a large number of designers from all over the world.

 

  • How to style it:

Having a simple aesthetic and minimal patterns, Indian men are more willing to try this handloom when compared to other textiles. You can easily wear a neutral-hued Ikat shirt can easily with a pair of formal trousers for a classic office look. You can also be pair it up with a pair of ripped denim to hit the street or attend a casual occasion. There are different ways to use Ikat in your wardrobe!

 

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Bandhani:

Bandhani is a type of tie-dye Indian textile. It is decorated by plucking the fabric with fingernails into many small bindings to form a figurative design. Bandhani is a beautiful textile, created in bright colors like yellow, red, blue, green etc. It has elements like white geometric patterns that form interesting designs and patterns on the fabric.

 

  • How to style it:

Usually us, Indian men wear bandhani kurtas or turbans(Pagdi) but there are endless other ways to use this particular textile. We can wear it as Nehru jackets and pair it with a kurta and churidar for a festival look or with a trouser and solid shirt for a semi-formal look. You can even wear a bandhani printed shirt with shorts for a tropical or holiday look and feel.

 

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Chikankari:

Chikankari is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Traditional Chikankari is on Muslin fabric, with white thread on white fabric. But today you can see Chikankari on various fabrics and colors, popularly pastels. Even though Chikankari does not come under Indian textiles, we give it a special mention. Since it is the most popularly known textile decoration style.

 

  • How to style it:

We think that since it has an intricate style of embroidery it can only be used in festivals or any special occasions. But nowadays, men are styling this classic look it in any casual events or sometimes even in everyday wear. You can pair a Chikankari shirt or kurta with any other clothes. It is comfortable to wear Chikankari as it is basically lightweight cotton. The most popular style is with a pair of ripped denim.

 

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Khadi:

Khadi or khaddar is a handspun and hand-woven natural fiber cloth from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh mainly made out of cotton. It is a versatile textile that keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. You can see a lot of usage of Khadi in Fashion. It is not only popular for its classic appearance, but it is popular for the comfort it gives you too.

 

  • How to style it:

Khadi is so versatile that many youngsters can wear it in their day-to-day outfits. You can incorporate it into your wardrobe as shirts, trousers or a jacket among many other styles. Besides, what makes it perfect as daily wear is – it keeps you cozy and comfortable in every weather.

 

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So these are a few ways in which you can incorporate some of these handlooms and Indian Textiles into your wardrobe. And never hesitate to try something new if you haven’t before. Because without trying it, how would you know if it would suit you or not? Many foreigners come to India with the craze of handlooms. We as Indians should embrace our traditional textiles and own it! So starting today, enough stripes and checks, you should also invest in some traditional textiles and fabrics of India.

 

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