Weaves Of Karnataka - PART 2

FROM YARN TO GARMENT.

HANDMADE IN INDIA. PROUDLY.

Each handmade dress in this mini collection has been lovingly crafted in Karnataka, by artisans

who've chosen to continue to share their special skills with us against all odds. Handloom is an essential part of our culture and by making and buying handloom, we are supporting a community of skilled artisans and encouraging them to create more. This is but a small step in the right direction towards buying local, sustainable and ethical clothing while creating a thriving ecosystem of Indian art & artisans.

handloom dresses

We set about to channeling the rustic beauty of the weaves of Ilkal and Udupi with this collection of handloom dresses. The Ilkal and Udupi sarees were sourced straight from the weavers and we entertained no preconceived notions when we placed the order for them. The sarees looked elegant, felt lush, cost next to nothing and were championing the indigenous craft of our state against all odds - it was a good deal and money never featured as a factor.

Each of the fabric used in this collection have a calling card of sorts, a unique pattern or feel that makes them instantly recognizable. The ilkal has the unique chikki paras borders and the Udupi sarees have their checks.

We set about to channeling the rustic beauty of the weaves of Ilkal and Udupi with this collection of handloom dresses. The Ilkal and Udupi sarees were sourced straight from the weavers and we entertained no preconceived notions when we placed the order for them. The sarees looked elegant, felt lush, cost next to nothing and were championing the indigenous craft of our state against all odds - it was a good deal and money never featured as a factor.

 Each of the fabric used in this collection have a calling card of sorts, a unique pattern or feel that makes them instantly recognizable. The ilkal has the unique chikki paras borders and the Udupi sarees have their checks.

 ILKAL

GI TAG: 43

 The Ilkal saree is a 1,200-year-old tradition and takes its name from the Ilkal town in the

Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

The Ilkal saree is a 1,200-year-old tradition and takes its name from the Ilkal town in the

Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

handmade dresses

These handloom dresses were created from the rare cotton x cotton Ilkal saree, yarn dyed in the

traditional shades of Indigo, red, yellow and green and woven with a chikki paras border

on a kuni mugga (pitloom). Since Ilkal sarees were traditionally paired with khunn, or

khana (satin brocade) blouses, we've used the khunn fabric, handwoven in nearby

Gulegud, to add texture to this garment. The idea behind this garment was to stay true to the Ilkal tradition, while adapting it to express modern aesthetics. We used a combination of traditional colours (red, green) along with popular choices like black & blue .

Each handmade dress was brought to life by two tailors and took 4 hours to create, due to the detail work involved.



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