From Maharashtra Paithani to Meghalaya Ahimsa Silk, Discover India’s Native Variety
National Hand Weaving Day is celebrated annually on August 7 to honor the country’s hand weavers and also highlight the Indian hand weaving industry.
Recently, the loom industry has been hit hard and the desperation of weavers has only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. With businesses collapsing and markets closing, local artisans struggle to sell their products.
You can help by incorporating local looms into your next shopping spree to update your wardrobe. Take a look at the variety of fabrics and take your pick. Buying authentic hand-woven products will not only support local weavers, but will also help preserve and encourage the art itself.
Here is a look at some of the famous fabrics from different states
Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh
Kalamkari is a very popular form of hand painted or block printed cotton textiles and paints, practiced in Andhra Pradesh. It is a form of painting cotton fabrics with a kalam, that is, a pen, which involves a sharp pierced bamboo regulating the flow of color over the fabric. While Pedana and Machilipatnam are the hubs of hand-printed Kalamkari, Srikalahasti in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh is known for the pen-drawn format. Kalamkari has been around for almost 2000 years in India.