Tuesday, 8 March 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDCRAFTMANSHIP IN FASHION

Over times memorable, India has been known for master crafters from almost all parts of the country. The crafts were basically skills that were passed over generations through centuries and perfected by practice.

No wonder, when one travels across the country, we get to see stunning examples of this craftsmanship. Be it temples, old havelies or things of common day use like clothing etc. we get to see the stamp of these masters in almost all walks of life. Travelling in the bylanes of the walled city of Delhi, one get to see the magnificent structures, all handmade . The living example of this tradition is the TAJ MAHAL that has stood the test of time since it was made and still draws millions to itself from all over the world.

When it comes to things of our daily use, like clothing, Indian Master Crafters have left their mark on them as well. The traditional and most popular dress for the Indian ladies the “saree” has remained the same in size and dimensions. However, what has evolved is the rich workmanship on each piece. Be it the traditional sarees from South India or the Zarodozi Embroidered sarees from Noth India or the fine embroidered sarees from Banaras, Bihar, Bengal. Almost all sates in India have developed their own unique art form which has weathered the test of time over the years and is still in vogue.

Now women are marching together with men in the professional world and for that they use of more functional dresses like the Punjabi Suits (Salwar Kameez) or Trouser / Shirts have started to be used by working women.

It is in these dresses that one gets to see the merging of the traditional handiwork with modern tailoring. While the dresses are modern in style and design, the finer elements of these dresses are still traditional. Be it motifs or embroidered necks, the traditional workmanship has evolved. They now compete hand to hand with the machine embroideries and created a superior niche for themselves where people of style and stature prefer to don them. Most fashion designers have created a niche for themselves by creating designs that remind of tradition while remaining contemporary. They have developed teams of craftsmen who work with traditional methods on their designs. We all know the commercial prices of their creations. 

This trend in the market is a validation of the fact that the importance and need of HANDCRAFT MAN SHIP will also remain and keep the old traditions and skills alive in the modern times.

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