Indian fabrics have made a foray into the world of art, fashion and home decor over the last decade. Top designers and decorators from all over the world are adding a touch of their work using the myriad variety of Indian styles available.
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With fusion being in vogue this season and as you decorate your house, here are some fusion ideas you can incorporate with Indian styles and fabrics.
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This is a beautiful embroidery on textiles which originates from the east of India, from West Bengal. It is usually very intricate with different kinds of motifs hand stitched on a piece of cloth. You can simply frame a piece of kantha stitch embroidery and hang to brighten up your walls.
Another style of Kantha has thin pieces of fabric stacked together to form a soft cushion like piece of quilt. This can be used as a casual throw for your drawing room or a light blanket for your bedroom.
Batik is created using a unique technique which uses wax to block out areas on a piece fabric during the dyeing process. The process takes quite a bit of effort. It is popular in various pockets of India, in the South, West and East. It is extremely popular all over the world owing to its versatility and style. You can choose a simple design to add just a touch of fusion or pick a more elaborate design for a dramatic effect. Since the process is mostly done on cotton, it is an excellent choice for a bed sheet, pillow covers etc.
This is a tie die technique popular in West India, in the state of Gujarat. Small areas of the fabric are tied into a bunch while the cloth is dyed to create beautiful and unique designs. The most popular form of Bandhni design is a repetitive pattern of small diamonds. Although different motifs are also common. Sometimes it is embellished with mirrors. You can use a simple Bandhni style fabric as a light throw or a heavily embellished one as a stunning bed cover. Colourful Bandhni pieces can be used as curtains as well. Since it is usually done on a very light fabric, the use of different dyes along with the places which are not dyed, will create a beautiful effect as the sunlight passes through it. Although it does not do a great job in blocking the sun’s light or heat, thethe light fabric creates a stunning chiaroscuro.
Eri silk is a beautifully delicate handloom silk which is popular in North East India. Eri silkworms are cultivated in Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. It is commonly made by the tribes of Naga, Mishing and Bodo. There are several variants of this silk, including some which absorb moisture and have isothermal properties. Due to the latter, it keeps warm during winter and cool during summer, therefore, making it a perfect material for a blanket. It is a very creamy, soft and shiny silk which makes for great curtains. Constant sunlight might damage the shine, which can be avoided by using it as an indoor curtain.
Ikat makes use of the technique of resist dyeing to create stunning patterns and colours. The unique feature of Ikat is that unlike most tie dye fabrics, the dyeing is not done after it is woven. The yarns are first dyed and then woven. It is a striking and versatile textile with bold, mostly geometric patterns which can be used in almost anything, from table runners to wall to wall carpet. You can offset it with monotones to transform your house into something straight from a magazine!
Use a number of different kinds of Indian fabrics to decorate your home or offset them with solid colours if bold isn’t your cup of tea. You can also make a patchwork cushion cover, quilt etc with different fabrics for a stunning look. Pick your favourites and transform your abode.