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Story: India my India

Antique Indian textiles made of silk, wool and cotton are intricate, and purposeful to each region, to each caste, to each tribe. Rather your looking for a complete Indian home decor or you want a centerpiece wall hanging of tribal art- the diversity of Indian Textile Art (primitive or ornate) offers a potpourri of colors, textures, sizes. Indian Clothing makes up the bulk of the antique Indian textiles I find. Wedding Shawls, ceremonial textiles are pretty well preserved for the obvious reason- wasn't used daily. But an antique silk sari, even a fragmented piece offers up to 3 meters of antique Indian fabric. Indian designs of the 18th-19th Century Sari are made with amazing care- hand loomed silk, embroidered by hand, well detailed and amazing colors... to recreate an antique Indian design today is not economical, they don't do it with the same beauty.
This page of my site offers you information and ideas of Indian designs, and the purpose of the textiles: the brocades of gold and silver thread from Varanasi, embroidery of Gujarat, Ikat from Patan or Bengal, Orrisan stitching, etc... The traditional Indian home decor- door curtains, blanket covers, dowry bags, wallhangings (large and small), canopies, pillow covers and more. Indian Clothing can be a wedding shawl, a sari, a Kutch ceremonial sash, a dress front of embroidery and mirror work from the tribes of Gujarat, etc. Indian textiles, offers a person to enter through the door of history. It is a difficult to find the authentic older textiles that I collect. I hope you find the pages informative and as beautiful as I find them. I aged the textiles conservatively, some experts say much earlier, but I rather error on the side of early 20th century than 18th century. If I have only sketchy info to the date I will generally say early 20th c. If you or I can further help with research of particular pieces feel free to email.



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