Top 10 Elegant Fabrics To Buy From a Holiday

By Priya Saha on Jan 08, 2019
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If you are a true fashion lover, the basic component of the concept called textile will always hold special place in your mind. Take a look into todays fashion, designers are looking up to the age old textile industry for innovative designs. Do you know why? This is because; the textile has been an important element in shaping up culture of the society. Step into the world of textile and you will come across nearly thousands of historical stories woven in every single stitch of this world.

Previously, these textiles were used in their raw form or they were formed with the perfect mixture of fabric, embroideries and stitches that has been passed down along generations. Sounds interesting, right? But the sad part of this story is the craftsmen who were once honored for being part of such an innovative world are finding difficulty to retain their existence. With modernization and artificiality in every object of our lives, fake is taking over reality.

Getting back to the basic, heres a list of some exotic textiles from all around the globe: -

Endek handwoven textile of Bali

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Earliest existence of the textile has been found in the North Balinese kingdom of Buleleng, around 19th century. Hand woven with geometrical shapes, predominantly red in color with songket ends, this textile was primarily used by high class families of Bali.

Kente history hidden in every piece of Ghana

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The name Kente comes from the word Kenten which means basket. Like its meaning, this textile comes with strip print, each strip measuring 4 inches wide and are woven together by hand to form a big piece of cloth. The best part is each piece of cloth has a story. It might be some historical facts, philosophical fact, literary meaning or any religious belief. With vibrant rich color and meaningful designs, this textile holds a special place for the people of Ghana. If you come across any locals wearing dress made of Kente, you can guess that some special occasion is being celebrated.

Khadi or Khaddar social fabric of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

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Both hand spun and hand woven, this textile is considered as the social fabric of the east, particularly in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Primarily woven from cotton, spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha, the textile itself has a versatile texture making it favorite fabric for people in seasons like summer and winter. History says, it emergence came up during the times of Mahatma Gandhi in 1918.

Yuzen silk of Japan

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The origin of this beautiful classy silk traces back to the 15th century period of Nishijin weaving center of Kyoto. During this period, this elegant fabric was worn by the emperor and the elite class of the society. The significant flower and grass pattern of the textile had been incorporated from the style of the Kano school.

Kitenge the dominant fabric of East Africa

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Dominantly found in the East African region, this textile is considered as an inexpensive piece of clothing with variety of vibrant colours, patterns and sometimes social message printed on it. Usually batik printing technique is used to print this piece of cloth and they are majorly worn by women of Africa. You will get sarong dresses, headscarf or a baby sling, made of this fabric.

Mapuche the traditional textile of Chile & Argentina

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The name Mapuche means people of land. Resembling its meaning, this textile was invaded in Mapuche, Chile due to the influence of Inka. These are usually handwoven fabric with abstract design and are made of thick wool. At present, it is one of the expensive fabrics around the world.

Marash embroidered cloth of Armenia

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Traditional occupation of the women living in the highlands of Armenia, Marash embroidery work has turned out to be one of the unique artwork around the world. Thread work usually done with needle, Marash embroidery have specific pattern, representing names of the mundane (cup) or flowers of seven mountains. This art work is usually used to dcor home and sometimes even in church.

Sherma fabric of Tibet

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Horizontal multicolored stripes, Sherma is a dominant textile when it comes to choosing fabric of Tibet. Thick in texture and bright in color, this textile blends well with the soothing climate of Tibet.

Jaspe traditional textile of Mexico

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History of textile in Mexico, traces back to 1400 BCE. Fabrics used in those pre-historic periods were usually in their raw form. Slowly with time, the textile was reformed into what we know now as Jaspe. You will find shawls and fabric made of this textile. However, the present status says that this textile is soon going to extinct.

Tartan Scotlands iconic product

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Piece of cloth woven with colorful threads in traditional patterns is what symbolizes Tartan of Scotland. This textile has actually become the iconic symbol of Scottish culture. Originated in the highlands where native people used natural products like berries and plants to dye wool, which was later used to make this famous fabric of Scotland.

These are only few bits of this creative world that are being put up here. When you take a historical tour in this exotic world, you might come across stories that speak about textiles which are extinct.  Can you imagine what loss our generation has faced? Well! It is beyond our imagination.

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