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Ohfab showcases intricately designed hand weaves

New heritage label, ‘Ohfab’ founded by sisters, Aanchal and Akshita Sagar hosted a trunk show of exclusive woven textiles in the Benarasi, Mashru and Paithani traditions

Ohfab showcases intricately designed hand weaves

New heritage label, ‘Ohfab’ founded by sisters, Aanchal and Akshita Sagar hosted a trunk show of exclusive woven textiles at Diggi Palace in Jaipur today. The trunk show had on display top-quality selection of exclusive hand woven textiles.
 
On display were fabrics, saris and dupattas woven in the Benarasi, Mashru and Paithani traditions. These designs have been sourced from weavers in Varanasi, Aurangabad, and pockets of rural Gujarat. The collection offers a break from the winter gloom with pops of orange-yellow, purple, fuchsia, green and more. The garments also feature mix of silver and gold zari work. The founders wanted to explore remote villages where traditional hand weaving takes place and also work on improving the lives of the weavers. The brand aims at sharing the passion for textiles and travel.
 
“Unlike in most parts of the world, India offers the art and luxury of wearing hand woven textiles. The idea that the garments we wear are made with love and care by exceptionally skilled artisans is absolutely enthralling”, said Aanchal and Akshita. During their travels they discovered weaving as a profession and an art form which was headed towards extinction. The business savvy sisters wanted to find a way to participate in safeguarding this tradition and bringing it to the coming generations.

The history of Indian textiles is very ancient. The discovery of spindles and a piece of cotton fabric stuck to a vase revealed that the spinning and weaving of cotton was known to harappans nearly 5000 years ago. References to weaving and spinning are also found in the Vedic literature.

The foundation of Indian textile trade began as early as 2nd century BC. Large export of Muslin fabric was done to Egypt and Europe. Before the introduction of mechanized means of spinning in early 19th century, Indian cotton and silks were hand spun and hand woven known as “KHADI”. This played very important role in independence movement. Fabrics that produced by using mill spun yarn but are woven on hand loom are known as “HANDLOOM FABRICS”. Both KHADI and HANDLOOM fabrics are having great demand in today’s fashion industry in India as well as abroad.

In India, a large range of cotton, silk and woolen woven textiles are produce on handloom. Each part of India is known for particular type of textile. Two main types of woven textiles are Brocades and Ikat. Though same type of textile is woven in many parts of India, the designs, colour combination  and weaving technique used for it are different. Each has got its specialty. For example brocades produce in Utter Pradesh and in Tamilnadu or Ikats produce in Andhra Pradesh, Gujrat and odisha, are different from each other.
 

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