The color BLUE is associated with a myriad of emotions. Often, we think of BLUE symbolically – we get the blues, we want to see ourselves as blue-collar workers or suddenly receive a piece of unsettling information out of the blue – but the color’s rich historical and cultural significance is way beyond the limited boundaries of its trivial associations.
Out of many, Indigo is the most distinctive and influential type of blue employed across the globe. Sourced from a variety of plants, the most special of which is Indigofera tinctoria (“True” indigo), Indigo blue is primarily used for dying textiles and as a pigment for prints and paintings. A wide number of techniques are employed to paint and print Indigo-dyed patterns – to name a few, batik, ikat, block and yuzen patterns stack the shelves of Indian apparel stores and boutiques.
Now, what happens when the dramatic color palette of Indigo is combined with the mesmerizing beauty of Chanderi? It weaves magic, isn’t it? Evolved under the royal patronage of the erstwhile ruling class of the country, Chanderi won million hearts owing to its sheer texture, light in weight and super-fine luxurious feel, and it still is considered a must-have wardrobe item for every saree connoisseur.
The craft of weaving Chanderi dates back to the 11th century when the Indian royalties donned the resplendent fabric – over the years, nothing much has changed in the crafting domain. The sheer brilliance of Chanderi craftsmen is still unrivalled and regaled at, and the power looms fail to replace that.
“Originally, Chanderi fabric was woven with handspun cotton yarn which was as fine as 300 counts, making the fabric as famous as the Muslins of Dhaka. The fine count cotton for Chanderi was extracted from a special root called the Kolikanda. The fabric is woven with warp (tana), stretched out set of threads, through which the weft (bana) is passed through in regular motion,” – explains the phenomenal crafting technique of handwoven Chanderis.
In motifs, the asharfi (gold coin) buti, a hot-favorite of the royalty, still tugs the right chords of our heart. Other than that, inspired from the Banarasi sarees, keri, phul-patti, paan, churi, phul-buta, bundi, eent, suraj buti, meena buti, kalgi, akhrot, and ghoongra are a few common buti designs extremely popular amidst women of India, both traditional and contemporary.
Not to mention, in our latest collection, Indigo Handloom Chanderi Cotton Silk Sarees, we’ve played with intricate geometric motifs, artistic floral vines, deep hues of Indigo and a symmetrical pattern, all combined with the glossy texture of handwoven Chanderi. Even though you are filled-to-the-brim with the treasures of handloom cotton sarees, our new collection is bound to stir a riot of emotions in you and impact lives and communities.
The designs are gorgeous, the fabric is super light and the color palette is soothing – explore our new range of handloom cotton sarees with price and tickle your fancies for flamboyant fabrics. For more, check out our new edits here