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What motifs speak ?

From time immemorial we have been using varieties of motifs in our textile.

But , did you ever wondered what motif actually are ? from where did they came from ?

And what do the signify ?

Here is the answer to all the above question. A motif is the most basic unit of a design. In earlier times motifs were generally develop from Natural surroundings, religion, achievements of an individual, are usually the driving force or the inspiration that leads to the development of particular motifs. Motifs made on textiles with printing, painting, dyeing, weaving and embroidering may serve as protective function i.e. guarding the wearer against the evil eye and other misfortunes.

The establishment of trade routes to and from the Indian subcontinent brought many non-indigenous motifs to be integrated with the traditional Indian motifs. The stabilization and blending of various motifs have been influenced over the centuries by different emperors who have ruled India.

Every traditional motifs have significance of their own which we may or may not be aware of.
– – Pomegranate (Annar) with its abundance of seeds is featured on marriage bed-covers in central Asia and is also used in the Phulkari embroidery.
-Pineapple motifs are used in island nation of Philippines to denote fertility.
– – Cowrie shells, woven, embroidered or used otherwise also denote fertility.
– – Many motifs have religious connotations like the kalash motifs, lotus, swastik motifs, rudraksh, Islamic motifs of mihrab (arch) and the moon and star.

Motifs take a variety of forms according to the craft , technique that is use to make or highlight the motif upon the garment. Technique could be – printing , dyeing , weaving , painting , embroidering. As a designer and a great lover of art it is important for us to know about the importance and the meaning of motifs which we are using in our day to day lives.