Making Up Of Fabric

Creating an atmosphere near the LOOM

The warp is set and the fabric is ready to weave

and  so is in place is the weaver…ready for a conscious workout!

The cling of the shuttle making musical sooth of a ti..ti…….on its travel from one end to the other end, to insert the weft yarn for making the fabric.

The tapping of the legs to push the peddle up-and-down. Oh!!! The magic of Coordination.  Yes now both the hands are also involved… along with both the legs.

The Right hand is drawing the threads to be lifted and the left one to beat the yarns to get closer, while the yarns mindfully overlap and get locked.

Minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, the fabric weaves itself into an inch-by-inch colourful vibrance.

 

Anusha Bikumala

Designer, Kaumudi Studio

 

Restore, Revive, Retain

These are the 3 magical R’s which drive Kaumudi.  They tell our customers how much we work to RESTORE our national art of weaving and REVIVE the artisans  i.e., the weavers.  We will RETAIN the art and strive to develop it.

It was very common to see people in cotton handlooms and khadi weaves in our ancestors time.  But now that tradition is slowly dying.  To see a person in handllom has become a rare pleasure.  This is why we need to restore this tradition and make sure it is once again part of India.

There are many skilled artisans in our country.  They have the potential to weave wonders and have magic in their hands.  They have their looms, which they use to put their magic on the fabric.  But they are not appreciated.  They are not given the respect they deserve.  Instead they are shunned aside and called upon when there is some other work to do.  Their magic is used in labor, working in construction sites and lifting heavy weights. They are slowly losing hope.  This is why we are striving to revive them, to make them once again sit on the loom and work their magic.

Once we have achieved our goal [we are 100% sure we will!], we will retain it, make sure that they do not lose hope again.  We must all put a helping hand and help our friends.

All our products are handmade.  They are slowly bringing hope to our artisans.

 

This is our part. 

 

WHAT ABOUT YOURS? …

 

Mayukh Nandula

24th July, 2014

DAV Public School Miyapur.

VIII Grade.

Fashtrology

(Fashion + Astrology)

Fashtrology is a new realm of clothing that has been conceived in a unique textile design from Sun sign horoscope. Personal horoscope fabrics are created taking the birth chart of individuals. This collection is made in 100% certified organic cotton naturally dyed woven on hand looms in colour horoscope weaving. The silhouettes are in line with rock antique collection (Promostyl 2014) which will dramatically unfold as a gown collection for the niche. The ensembles will be in sophisticated muted tones of moss green, indigo blue, fall yellow, fire orange and perfect purples.

The pure goodness of organic cotton, natural dyes, hand loom is uniquely blended into this collection to bring forth the most of modesty with the subtleness of sensual sophistication!!! Kaumudi Studio presents the collection of famous people like Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi etc., woven into scarves.  It is a kind of blessing from them. When you are wearing these scarves, it is like including them in your life.  We call them blessing scarves.

We at Kaumudi Studio, make handloom clothing exciting !!!

Dr. Sharmila Nagraj Nandula

This article, along with more information was also published in “Metro India” on 25th April, 2014.

The Evolution of Madras Checks

It was in 3000 BC the Indian Textiles started its versatile and vibrant journey with its extensive  use of mordant dyes and printing blocks. The vast diversity and variety of fibers, intricate weaving on its state-of-art manual looms and its organic dyes attracted buyers from all over the world for ages.

India gave the world  Madras checks from Tamil Nadu, Ikats from Andhra and Orissa, tie and dye from Gujarat and Rajasthan, brocades from Banaras, Jacquards from Uttar Pradesh, Daccai from West Bengal, and Phulkari from Punjab through its immense textile treasures. The story of the Indian handlooms is all about patient nurturing of an industry which touches upon the livelihood of millions of Indians.

Lots has been lost and lots has been kept alive by the ingenuity and skill of artisans which contributed to the success in preserving the long tradition of excellence in  Indian handlooms. One such tradition is the Madras checks which was called the Bleeding checks or bleeding Madras as it leached color in every wash and it survived for long inspite of low fastness in colour due to good patronage by people. They liked the look of the fabric as it changed colour every time it was laundered.

The fabric is mentioned many times in the S.E. Hinton book “The Outsiders” as a favored pattern of shirts and jackets worn by the Socs. The book is set in the early 1960s, a period when Madras was particularly fashionable amongst preps. It is also mentioned several times in the song “M79” by the American band Vampire Weekend. (Source: Wikipedia).

Madras Checks

Indian handlooms are going global in a big way and have been duly supported and patronized by  designers, gurus of sustainable design , nonprofit organizations and of course the green earth global pilots.

Madras checks came a long way from cotton in plaids to a fabric which is now made in rayon, silk, linen and even polyester and their blends. “Striped in Design”, checks or plaids.  From natural dyes to chemical bleeding dyes to colorfast colors it has made a full circle “Stripped of Chemicals” back to the natural colors supporting the Slow Movement in good earth practices. Historically Madras checks from Madras now Madras checks is being made us in Natural dyes. Way to go in Handloom.

We at Kaumudi Studio, make handloom clothing exciting !!!

Dr. Sharmila Nagraj Nandula