Hello!! friends. It’s been quite a while since we interacted with each other. I got bit busy with a new project for our Khadi designer label AJNA – basant anuj. To be precise, I along with my team, is researching on the history of Indian Handloom Textile. It is still a work in progress. But the journey till now has been so fascinating that I could not resist sharing it with you. And I decided to do a series on it.
And here I start with few of the interesting facts I came to know about the legacy of our rich handloom textile heritage:
- During the excavation of Harappa done in 1921, many spindles and spindle whorls were discovered. This indicates that spinning of cotton and wool was very common in those days.
- The whorls found during the excavations is made up of the expensive faience and cheap pottery. It means both the rich and poor practised spinning back in days.
- Spinning and weaving became highly advanced occupations in the Rigvedic Period. A woollen thread called “Varna Sutra” gets a mention in the later Samhitus and Brahmanas. We see the art of dying and embroidery also started in this era.
Click and Watch this 9 minutes video that takes you to the fascinating journey of “Evolution of Indian Handloom Textile”.
As I said in the beginning, this is the work in progress. So I shall be sharing more on Indian Handloom Industry on our YouTube channel ANUJ BASANT COMMUNICATIONS and on our website melangeevents.in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Basant Rai is a Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur who believes fashion is one of the most effective tool raise awareness for social causes. Between designing, business and philanthropy, he works as fashion columnist, show director, fashion stylist and pageant coach.