Traditional Fabrics Of India

¨The phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’ aptly describes India as a country- because people living with different religions and cultures follow the same laws as laid down by the Constitution of India.

¨The diversity in any region shows how Indian art forms &Traditional textiles have help to shape the varied cultures across different countries.

¨A land of rich cultures, customs, traditions, varied topography and its related occupations, seasonal festivals, etc make India itself a land of diversity.

So, what do you think what are the influential factors that have led to such a diversity of fabrics in India?

Influential factors-

  1. Mythology
  2. Rich Heritage
  3. Varied topography
  4. A plethora of Flora & Fauna
  5. Environmental: eg- Cold climate in Ladakh (Northern India) to warm and humid in Tamil Nadu (Southern India)
  6. Social: eg- Family, reference groups, roles and status in the society.etc
  7. Cultural: Various customs and festivals celebrated across India
  8. Political:  Policies and initiatives are taken by the governing body for the artisans and weavers working in the Handloom and Textile Industry.

¨Each state of India displays a variety of designs, producing distinct textiles and crafts indigenous to the region. Thus traditional Indian textiles can be classified according to the region of production. Another classification of Indian textiles can be based on the technique of production.

Now, Having an overview of India as a Diverse Country-

¨Lets take a journey through each state and its respective textile, giving a little historical insight across the country.

fabric tour of india
Traditional Fabrics of India | Image: Craftsvilla

Click on the region, to learn about the fabrics of the respective state.

  1. The Northern Region:  1.Jammu & Kashmir 3. Himachal Pradesh 4. Punjab 5. Uttarakhand
  2. The Western Region: 1.Rajasthan 2. Gujrat 3. Maharashtra 4. Goa
  3. The Central Region: 1.Madhya Pradesh
  4. The Eastern Region: 1. Uttar Pradesh 2.Bihar 3. Jharkhand  4.Chattisgarh 5.West Bengal 6. Odisha
  5. The North-Eastern Region: 1. Sikhim 2.Assam 3. Meghalaya 4. Arunachal Pradesh 5. Nagaland 6. Manipur 7. Mizoram 8. Tripura
  6. The Southern Region: 1. Karnataka 2.Telangana 3. Andhra Pradesh 4. Kerala 5. Tamil Nadu

Course Work:  Fill the physical outlined map of India – states with their respective traditional fabric, test your knowledge, and upload your filled form in the comment section below.

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