BY DIYA GHAG AND SHIVAANI SENTHIL
Handloom, the most eco-friendly way of fabricating clothes, was formulated by Edmund Cartwright and patented in 1785. In India, it dates back to the Indus valley civilization, where farmers were the prime people to spin and weave cotton. The fabric utilizes the mechanical energy of the weaver rather than electrical energy.
Opting for Handloom over other fabrics would benefit the industry in myriad ways since it is handwoven and has rare odds of being defective. Skilled weavers and artisans provide the utmost care to ensure good quality products. The handlooms sector is considered the second largest income-generating activity after agriculture. Therefore, encouraging the sector would indirectly mean providing employment to millions of artisans, especially from the rural area, and would boost women empowerment.
The time has come for people to understand the challenges of global warming and make the shift from power loom to handloom. This majorly contributes to a sustainable and eco-friendly environment which is much needed in the world today.
SOME DESIGNERS THAT HAVE WORKED WITH HANDLOOM
The handloom textiles of India showcase the rich heritage of the country. Many fashion designers in India have worked with various craft and weaving clusters to revive traditional handloom Indian textiles. Lately, designers in India have explicitly portrayed their love towards Indian textiles and have incorporated them in the most distinctive way for the ready to wear markets across the country.
Known as the master of weaves, Gaurang Shah has crafted saris using various Indian handloom textiles like kanjivaram, Khadi, Uppada, Paithani, Patan Patola, Benarasi, Kota and Bengal weaves. His latest collection GHARAM MASALA in 2020 adds a fresh twist, using colors inspired by our spices. The monochromatic theme of the collection did not fail to amaze its audience.
ABU JANI and SANDEEP KHOSLA
The duo is a pioneer in resurrecting the best of the past and fashioning it for the future. Being pioneers in bridal lehengas, they have launched a sustainable brand called GULABO, focusing more on hand-spun Kora cotton embellished in linear Gota work and breezy silhouettes giving it an ‘oomph’ factor.
Be it a collection with minimal prints and embroidery or a heavy dream bridal lehenga, Sabyasachi has never failed to amaze us with the amalgamation of different fabrics that lead to his whimsical collections. Sabyasachi uses Cotton, Khadi, Banarasi weaves and Kalamkari in a luxe bohemian way for pret and bridal wear. This creation of infusing various techniques together has given his designs a strong sense of organic and power dressing.
In her recent collections EHSAAS, ANTHEEN and MASAKALI, we can implicitly see Anju Modi’s love for Khadi, Handspun Cotton, Banaras and Chanderi. Anju Modi’s Khadi collection at ‘Khadi, transcending boundaries’ featured various silhouettes ranging from Peplum to Dhoti pants, showing us how humbling Khadi can be.
Anita Dongre is well known for her explicit love for crafts and handloom across the country. She uses handwoven Malkha fabric, Maheshwari silk, handwoven Jamdani, and Ikkats in her exclusive collection, designed into saris, kurtas and dresses, providing the wearer with unparalleled comfort and style. The vibrancy and texture of these handwoven fabrics give the designs a unique look.
Rahul Mishra’s journey in the fashion industry has been full of exciting innovations. He has worked with various handloom fabrics like Maheswari silk, Chanderi, Banarasi silk, Bhalgapur silk, and Kerala’s handwoven cotton called Mundu. In order to celebrate the heritage of handlooms in India, Rahul Mishra showcased a collection at the Paris Fashion Week entirely made of Maheswari and Chanderi fabrics produced in rural India.
Rahul Mishra X Project Eve collections portray his long association with traditional Indian handloom textiles. A fine amalgamation of Indian textiles is made accessible in the ready to wear market in India.
Today, in the world of fashion, Indian designers have truly played a major role in reviving, uplifting and sustaining the techniques and skills of working with traditional handwoven textiles in our country and also making it viable for ready to wear.
EDITED BY: PRERNA LALCHANDANI
With more than 70 million trees logged each year to deliver textures like rayon and thick, environmental change is hot closely following quick style. Expendable pieces of clothing (quick style) contribute more to environmental change than air and ocean travel (Imagine that). Design squander contributes essentially to the business’ exhibition on maintainability lists.
Perceiving this reality, numerous names have found a way to limit the waste emerging from their activities. Spanish brand, Ecoalf, for example, produces dress made altogether of waste material – fishnets, plastic containers, and disposed of tires, to give some examples.
India also has a lot of brands who are currently dedicated to diminishing the measure of waste texture produced each year – around 30,000 tons ( as indicated by the Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge). With piece of clothing fabricating being probably the greatest business – representing practically 50% of our GDP – it’s not hard to envision why quick style might be an issue tormenting our island country. Be that as it may, we are making little walks.
MAS has promised that by 2025, all their waste will either be upgraded in esteem or up-cycled as crude material or as a totally new asset.
Prepared to-wear brands, similar to House of Lonali, make assortments made with up-cycled texture.
Bathing suit brands like Pigeon Island feature moral style by reusing plastic jugs to make their items.
What would you be able to do to help?
Presently with progressively normal cataclysmic events occurring because of our carelessness and a rush of increasingly cognizant and dependable design houses coming into the scene, us shoppers have the chance to step in and have any kind of effect. Right off the bat, by being purchasers to such mindful brands and also, moving beyond the underlying reservation to frugality shopping and being kinder to your wallet by finding your next closet in the intriguing racks of second hand store.
Individuals who love second hand shops truly love second hand shops. Also, they were picking up in ubiquity a long time before Macklemore’s “Second hand store” made its best endeavor to destroy that pattern. Clearly the general thought of a used store is eco-accommodating. Second hand shops resemble mankind’s used articles. That 7-Up logo tee can hypothetically be worn everlastingly, or possibly until the strings are truly worn through.
Recycled shops are only sometimes around Colombo and just a couple of remarkable ones have reliably pushed during that time to give the India open practical second hand store choices. The edges have a superior activity at having a network driven second hand store that they use and you should hit up the couple of we have seen down south in Hikkaduwa and Weligama.
By and by I hopped into the frugality shopping cart when I understood how much cash I spent on garments that don’t make due in my closet longer than a year or two. I unearthed this jewel called ‘The Store’ and I discovered Zara and Chanel tops for LKR 200 and I was sold (these Colombo 7 aunts working superbly in loading all these second hand store with some ageless costly pieces) . After a decent washing, I was prepared to stroll around acting like I was bougie enough to manage the cost of Chanel.
This particular store is situated on Thimbirigasyaya Road and is going by CHA (Center for Humanitarians Affairs) and all returns go to the Special Needs program led in-house. So notwithstanding being kinder on your wallet, it gives our worthless presence a break. The costs are as low as LKR 100 and would max go to a 1000 to this date. In Rathmalana, strategically located on Galle street lies a little second hand store called Rith Ru Bale House and in the event that you adventure further into Dehiwela you will locate a couple of shops to a great extent that can take into account your requirements.
One man’s garbage is another man’s fortune. Uncommonly when a few people’s refuse is mint condition supper coats and vintage dresses.
Upbeat capable shopping people!