THE SHOW STOPPER DRESS

Hello readers !!! You all must have come across the saying “Art has always inspired

Fashion since times immemorial”. This complete set of a gathered skirt and a short jacket with a peter pan collar works wonders for Indian evening get-togethers. It’s a total limelight seeker piece. The ensemble is a basic fusion silhouette in bright Indian palette. It’s a complete silk ensemble with gold tested zari accents. Lots of people might be thinking what a gold tested zari is?

The answer is it’s a quality of zari which never goes discoloured after frequent washes. As this particular article glorifies handlooms , one of the most beautiful textile practices, I would like to mention that the fabric for the skirt and the jacket has been woven by skilled weavers of West Bengal with an indigenous weave of the area called “Jamdani”. It is a traditional folklore being woven in the region since ages.The focus is on the handwoven fabric with basic cuts. And yes, handloom pieces need some extra wash care. They should always be drycleaned. No home or hand or machine wash please!!##

So what actually Jamdani weave is?

• It is a supplementary weft technique of weaving, where the motifs are produced by an extra weft, in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The standard weft creates a fine, sheer fabric while the supplementary weft with thicker threads add the intricate patterns to it. Each supplementary weft motif is added separately by hand using individual spools of thread.

• Speciality of the weave is the motifs always float on the fabric with the help of extra threads.

• Motifs are somewhat geometric,as you can see in the pictures, though lots of designers are actually experimenting with floral,tribal and stylized motifs too.

So,once the whole yardage of fabric is woven then they come to the cutting table in the workshop for the outfits to actually get stitched and finished.

The whole process is time consuming as it takes near about a month for the weaver to weave the specified yardage. Even before that ,geometric floral motifs are developed on paper. After all these steps the garment is actually ready for sale. This process of converting thoughts to paper arts and then to eventual outfits give an amazing satisfaction.

So people, its time to make a fashion statement with intricate handloom pieces which also provide our skilled weavers and kaarigars their daily bread.

Read More