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By Sahil Anand

They paint it so beautifully that each design bowls you over. Sometimes it becomes too difficult to believe that it’s all handwork – all a result of a tedious, time-consuming process.
 
Yes, we’re talking about the good old Kalamkari.
 
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Kalamkari is a creative ancient art of painting or block-painting cotton textiles. Kalam means pen and kari craftsmanship. The art has evolved through trial and error over the last 3000 years. Continue Reading »

By Sahil Anand

Punjab is very well known for its rich culture & heritage. Some of the main highlights are: punjabi dance, punjabi music, punjabi food, punjabi literature and of course punjabi weddings.
 
Patiala suits and phulkari dupattas also have a rich history and have been making the rounds in the fashion world for quite some time now. And there couldn’t be a more auspicious occasion than Baisakhi – the harvest festival of Punjab that’s celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor – to acquire some of these garments for your ethnic wardrobe. What do you think?
 
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By Sahil Anand

Chances are, when you will see jamdani for the first time, you’ll ask yourself: “Is it embroidery?” Well, it’s not! As a matter of fact, it’s not even a print.
 
It’s simply weaving. It’s simply jamdani.
 
And that’s what makes jamadani weaving stand out. See for yourself:
 
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By Sahil Anand

At India Emporium we love to celebrate all our traditional festivals with you. With Vasanta Navaratri around the corner, it wouldn’t be any different this time either – except the magnitude of the sale. Yes, we’re launching the biggest Navaratri sale ever: UPTO 70% + EXTRA 10% OFF on anything and everything.
 
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So it’s time you shopped till you drop, because it doesn’t get bigger than this!
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By Sahil Anand

“Ye toh aisi butti banati hai ki titli aake beth jaaye” (It makes such a floral motif that a butterfly would love to sit on it) – a poet famously said about chikan embroidery.
 
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The word chikan derives from a Turkish word chikh – a kind of embroidered fabric. Chikan work is said to have been originated in Central Asia or Persia. It came to Delhi in 1600 AD, Bengal in 1700 AD and Lucknow in mid-1700 AD. Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, is believed to have brought chikankari to India.
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By Sahil Anand

You’ve probably seen handkerchiefs – basically a hemmed square of thin cotton fabric – with embroidered brand logos.
 
But did you ever imagine that handkerchiefs could be a priceless piece of art?
 
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Today we’ll discuss one such handkerchief. It hails from Chamba and dates back to the 16th century.
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By Sahil Anand

“Ih phulkari meri maan ne kadhi, iss noo ghut ghut japhiyan paawan” (“This phulkari has been embroidered by my dear mother, I affectionately embrace it again and again.”) – Traditional Song of Punjab.
 
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Born out of mother’s love for her daughter, Phulkari, which literally means floral work, is a vibrant textile art / embroidery of Punjab mainly used on scarfs and shawls.
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By Sahil Anand

Heard a lot about gota patti work but don’t have much idea of what exactly is it? Well, we’ve you covered.
 
Gota work or lappe ka kaam or aari tari is traditional metal embroidery hailing from Rajasthan, India. Think of it as an appliqué technique backstitched or hemmed on the fabric with edges couched using zari thread. Gota is cut into various shapes such as tear-drop, leaf, round, geometrical, heart, etc., and gota motifs range from nature to human figures and birds to animals.
 
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Traditionally gota-embellished textiles were used by the royalty and priests. However… Continue Reading »

By Sahil Anand

If you’re interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of India, you don’t want to miss out on the good old Kantha embroidery.
 
Finding its genesis around 500 years ago in the virtue of frugality, Kantha is a type of embroidery that’s done on old clothes like sarees and dhotis that are no longer in use. It’s commonly practiced by rural women of West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh after and between their domestic chores.
 
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Known as one of the most creative ingenious crafts of India, Kantha is done with simple running stitches along the border of an outfit. Products like sarees, suits, quilts, pillow-covers, shawls, dupattas etc. are made using this embroidery. Quilts made using kantha embroidery are called nakshi kantha. Continue Reading »

By Sahil Anand

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) organized “Krishi Unnati Mela” from 19-21 March 2016 at Pusa, Delhi. Inaugurated by the honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the agriculture exhibition-cum-fair highlighted the rich culture of the agrarian economy India as well as the latest agriculture technologies.
 
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The mela focused on educating farmers about organic farming, soil health, weather, seeds, insecticides pesticides, agricultural machinery and more.
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