Tales of Traditional Indian Textiles – The Introduction

India is home to a plethora of handlooms, weaves and handicrafts. New innovations in textile production, manufacture and design came about being during and after the Industrial Revolution – new wheels, looms and spinning processes changed textile industry in India. However, Indian hand-woven fabrics have been popular since time immemorial. Indian textile traditions are admired around the world for their beauty, texture and durability. Similar to its diverse culture, India has had a diverse and rich textile tradition. The origin of Indian textiles and knowledge of weaving homespun cotton for garments can be traced to the Indus valley civilization. Weavers in India, since generations have been highly skilled in producing intricate and delicate textiles, sometimes using complicated looms. The art of dyeing a thread for weaving and the hand-woven fabric was also well developed. Deep and profound colors have been used from very early days, creating fabric that was handmade…