East India Textiles
Local weavers are not getting the recognition they should get, the reason is the lack of good platforms and contacts. We at Anuprerna are striving to find ways to bridge the gap between our local artisans and the global market by exploring unconventional designs in traditional crafts that are globally appealing. We try to bring them the recognition they deserve so they are encouraged and motivated to innovate these indigenous crafts further.
The honeycomb weave resembles honeycomb cells that appear square in the cloth. These weaves form ridges and hollows which give a cell-like appearance to the textures that render this fabric of fabric readily absorbent of moisture. The honeycomb weave fabrics are, therefore, suitable as towels and also in various forms for bed covers and quilts.
The honeycomb weave structure are of two classes-
Like other Jacquard fabrics we produce, the honeycomb weave fabric is also woven on a handloom attached with a jacquard device. The traditional technique of handloom weaving is modernised with the combination of Jacquard and the honeycomb’s weaves unique structure to produce a variety of Check and Stripes Honeycomb fabric.
The Kantha work is a traditional folk art of Bengal. Originally the Kantha was a practical means of re-cycling fabric to form soft cotton quilts, coverlets, pillowcases or wrappers, and seven types of Kantha have been listed, each with its own motifs. Thus fabric that would otherwise have been thrown away was re-used, all the softer for having been washed and worn for years.
Traditionally, Kantha embroidery included ethnic motifs like lotus, animals, birds etc. However today, modern designers consistently push the boundaries to create contemporary textiles such as Kantha.
At Anuprerna, we are trying to modernise these traditional crafts by exploring designs and patterns that have more global appeal. Our collection of kantha work designs includes fabrics adorned with geometric motifs in unconventional patterns using running and cross-stitch. These embroideries are done by artisans from an all-female artisanal cluster in Bengal.
What is special?
The Jacquard Loom is basically a device called "Jacquard" attached to a loom which made intricately weaving loom patterns, possible. Before the invention of the Jacquard device, a weaver’s assistant used to sit on the top of the loom to raise and lower the warp threads on a certain pattern to create intricate woven brocade fabrics. This process was slow and painstaking. The device this process much simpler and faster.
The Jacquard Device Has Been Predominantly Combined With Power Looms since its inception. But the latter is not sustainable. We have combined the Jacquard device with a handloom instead to create a handloom jacquard machine. The resulting Handwoven Jacquard Fabric is not just environmentally sustainable but also ethical.
The designs also have been evolved to suit the taste of the global market. Our handloom jacquard fabric patterns are minimalist and the refreshing hue makes it a great addition to a modern household or wardrobe.
At Anuprerna, We Request Everyone To Contribute And Share. This Way We Can Create Global Recognition For These Beautiful Handwoven Crafts & Textiles To Bestow Value Onto The Ordinary Lives Of Our Artisans With Extraordinary Skills. And We Believe That's The Only Way We Can Build A Sustainable And Ethical World For Ourselves.