Wedding Trousseau From Indian Handicrafts And Handlooms


Remember your mother’s 30 years old Phulkari dupatta or 25 years old heavy red Kanjeevaram saree which has been an exemplary piece kept heartily in your family lineage? When it comes to the accolades of India, an optimistic outreach, fine circumspection, and a sound visionary are the pre-eminent elements which are required to get the hang of Indian handlooms and handicrafts. Where modernism has created thousands of acres of acquisitive paradise for people in the specialism of fashion, traditional India still seeks it’s way to authentic traditional potency to stick to the virtuous roots of cultural dynamism, ownness, exclusivity and creative embarkation. Your weddings are sure to be full of high spirits and colours. Assuredly, these Indian handicrafts and handlooms could be beautiful add ons to your wedding whoopee with time-honoured magnificence. 


It is a textile signature art tradition of the tribal community of Kutch, Gujarat. Practised generally by women, it is done on fabrics of cotton, in the form of a net using cotton or silk threads. It is also crafted over silk and satin. The types of stitches adopted are double buttonhole, square chain, pattern darning, running stitch, straight and satin stitches. The signature effect of the colourful embroidery sparkles when small mirrors called ‘abhla’ are sewn over geometrically shaped designs. There are six styles of it – Khaarek, Paako, Suf, Garasia Jat, Mutava and Rabari. Customised lehenga-cholis, dupattas, blouses or even sarees will set you doubly phenomenal in your wedding.


Also known as ‘Kota Dori’, it is a unique blend of cotton and silk in a square pattern. There are three varieties of it – basic, printed and zari. This versatile fabric portrays grace and elegance, therefore adored by women of every age group. Colourful weaves with delicately wrought checks locally known as ‘khats’ is a plus to its pulchritude, which can make you stand outstanding in the wedding occasion creating everlasting memories.


‘Phulkari’ meaning ‘flower work’ is spun from the charkha with a spectacular style of embroidery patterned on odhnis, chunris, kurtis, sarees, cholis, lehengas, etc. The use of darn stitch on the wrong side of cloth with coloured silken thread is its main beauty. Motifs are used for nimble-fingered representation of the dear and sundry values of the state. Thread by thread, each motif is created in a geometric grid with a peculiar technique of coming out with a curvilinear final output. Long and short darn stitches are put to use for horizontal, vertical and diagonal thread work inspired by the routine of the artists, animals and flowers. 


Persian word ‘Zar’ meaning gold and ‘dozi’ meaning work is a mesmerising craft where pearls, sequins, beads, wire purls, spangles are couched on to the fabric with a needle. Immensely glittering and heavily encrusted embroidery, the use of ‘aari’ on rectangular wooden frames called ‘karchob’ makes its process one of a kind. The work is also known as ‘hathari’, ‘fancy kaam’ and ‘aari kaam’. Contemporary pieces such as handbags, lehengas, cholis, sarees, gathered skirts are all the way knocking your wedding door from this iconic handicraft of India, which leads you to perambulate through a gallery of breath-taking pieces.


This particular net embroidery in floral and geometric shapes is done by pulling the warp and weft threads and fixing them with minute buttonhole stitches. Designs are prepared by fixing small round shaped mirrors to the material, the outline being sketched by hand. Silken thread is used for stitching done in herringbone or stem with closely worked motifs. Flowers and creepers are patterned against dark backgrounds. Surely, the colour combinations and contrasts are a huge wow to the perfect wedding affair you want to come up with.


This nine-yard wonder, queen of silk is essentially a silk saree popular in South India. Owing to the thick fabric and deep colours mixed with hints of gold, this saree is a must-have for Indian weddings. These are woven from pure mulberry silk. While the Silk belongs to South India, pure gold and silver zari comes from Gujarat. The pallu, the border and the body of the sarees are generally woven separately and then interlocked together with much precision and neatness. The border of the sarees comprises motifs from temples, palaces, general paintings and body include pyramidal temple designs, mythological figurines, checks, stripes and floral butas.

Henceforth, wedding folks you can go gaga celebrating your special day with Indian style statements true to its presence and authenticity. Do not forget to carry the best of the traditional pieces of jewellery with these awe-inspiring pieces, together reflecting culture and the back-breaking perseverance and love of the skilled artisans of our cherubic motherland. 

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