It’s only when we see an Indian-origin embroidery or weave on the international ramp that we realise how lucky we are to be sitting on an unlimited data base of weaves and handlooms. What makes Indian fashion interesting today is the influx of Western sensibilities coupled with traditional Indian craftsmanship – and the results are outfits that speak to a truly global buyer. Be it Kanjeevaram, zardosi or Indian brocade, India has marked its fashionable stamp on the planet.
One such interesting type of weave is pattu. Rajasthan is one state that is known for its gorgeous embroideries and a number of weaves, mostly on cotton. Besides cotton, Kanjeevarampattu saris are known for their intricate embroidery and gorgeous appeal. Delicate silk thread is used to create interesting patterns on the sari and to give wide contrasting borders.
Pattu weave is an intricate process, and the Meghval community of Rajasthan has been in the practice of creating pattu for centuries. The fabric is worked upon in a loom and gorgeous patterns are created by interlocking the thread and extra left-out weft. Extra weft brings out a gorgeous texture almost resembling embroidery on the cloth.
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