Indian weaves, knits and prints reflect our rich heritage of fabric design and fashion. The handicrafts also have an underlying aesthetic appeal that is magnetic. India has rich cotton and muslin heritage in the past to the current demand of Indian weaves and prints globally. The fashion quotient of Indian ethnics has always remained high. The behemoths of Indian fashion, the designers of Indian couture, like Sabyasachi and Anita Dongre have devoted most of their collections to promoting and imbibing local Indian arts without fail. Also spotted many times on the international red carpets, the Indian couture is trending. Ithas been given all the necessary impetus with a neoteric twist from the Indian designers. Local Indian art forms are truly global now.
Owing to the regional diversity of the subcontinent, the local artworks also vary within kilometres like the languages and cultures in India. The streets filled with the aroma of kebabs, those of Uttar Pradesh boast of their intricate chikankari, while the land of sarson da saag, Punjab, is popular for its delicate phulkari. The weaves and handicrafts of Indian fashion are a testimony to the nation’s rich cultural heritage.
Since the post-Vedic era, the most ubiquitous choice of fabrics have included silk, cotton, jute, wool, muslin and linen; dyeing of the clothes formed the most extensive fashion. Fashion also comes from radical Rajputana rulers and majestic Marathas to mighty Mughals. The Indian kings and queens from the past left no stone unturned in getting their might reflected in their attires.
They also resorted to intricate craftsmanship and finesse in fabrics to reflect their reality through handicrafts. This hence lead to a boom in the development of local Indian art forms in dressmaking and fabric creation. The current emissaries of Indian fashion are designers like Rahul Mishra and Manish Arora. They have introduced the local thread works and karigari in their International runway shows.