A closed neck long coat type garment for men. Achkan or Sherwani.
A Mango-Shaped Motif. (or Paisley Pattern)
AARI WORK (PATCHED)
Gujarati art where patches of hand-embroidered cotton cloth are stitched
The embroidery is hand done by skilled specialized artisans.
Delicate needle-work done with flattened gold or silver wire.
A type of Brocade Silk saree.
A closed neck long coat type garment for men. Achkan or Sherwani.
A traditional Indian dyeing technique.
Bits of died cloth are taken and tied tightly with string before re-dyeing
it. The strings are then removed to receal patterns created by the contrast
Bandhni dyeing techniques are used to create traditional Indian patterns on
BATIK / BATIQUE
Traditional Gujrati dyeing technique where warm wax is poured over cloth in a
motif or design
before dyeing the cloth in cold water. The wax is later peeled off to reveal
required silhouette on the cloth.
Bhagalpur is an ancient Indian centre for the manufacture of a unique
cotton/silk blend of the same name.
A fashion look with fringing, patchwork, homespun and
raw-edged fabrics, paisley and floral prints, embroidery,
tassels, studding, tooled leather, layering and ornate jewellery.
BUTI / BUTA (BUTIES)
Stylised Motifs printed or embroidery repeatedly over an area of fabric.
Fine thread embroidery on self-colored cotton / georgette fabric, in
predominantly floral patterns.
Traditional Indian blouse, worn with saree or ghagara. Very short and closely
fitted, it usually ties at the back with single ties or a criss-cross shoe-lace
style drawstring, or it ties into a knot at the front in the middle of the
CHUNNRI/ CHUNNI/ DUPATTA
A long scarf worn as an accesory to several Indian outfits such as,
Kurta, Kurti, Ghagara, Sharara etc.
Baggy drawstring trousers (similar to Pyjama) that bunch up tightly along the
Worn traditionally with Kurta/ Kurti, it's name comes from the word Choori
meaning bangles. The bunched folds along the bottom half of the calf
gives the effect of several bangles worn together.
CREPE (CREPE DE CHINE)
Woven fabric. Usually in silk. Soft in touch and lustrous in look.
It is fairly sheer and has a slight rippled texture.
Embroidery done by sowing on fine gold wire springs, used to create
motifs and various designs.
A sarong made of white (usually cotton) material. It is traditionally
worn wound round the legs by Indian men. Now available in several colors.
A chemical wash technique which softens the feel of the
fabric and brings out highlights in certain fabrics.
Particular to a group sharing a common origin, culture or language.
(of Indian origin in case of all our products)
A plain-weave cloth, heavily brushed for softness.
The juxtaposition of Gold and Silver in any style of handwork.
A gathered skirt, usually very flared. Can be worn with a Blouse and a Chunnri.
Usually heavily embellished, it is traditionally worn by women of
Ancient Persian art which dates back to before the Mughal Empire.
Patterns traced out on silver or gold strips are cut out and sown on to fabric
(like patch-work) with a needle that is used to run up and down through the
while the cloth is pulled tightly over a large wooden frame. A perfect
to Zardozi work.
Gota handwork in small shapes (leaf-like).
Intricately designed jewellery worn on back of hands, fastened in place
by delicate chains that attach to your fingers and wrist.
The name of the pattern created by the tie-dyeing the weft and wrap threads.
An all over pattern in print or embroidered fabric.
A weaving technique traditional to the town of Tanda, Jais and Dacca used to produce figured muslins.
Traditional Kashmiri woven or embroidered shawls or fabric.
Jewelled hair ornament worn on side of the head.
Bell shaped piece of jewellery.
Slip on shoes, usually embellished and with upturned toes.
Painted cloth (as a trade term it refers to both painted and printed clothes in a certain fashion)
Panel of fabric.
A mat made of fine cotton, hand quilted
with cotton thread. The motifs are embroidered
in running stitch using coloured cotton threads.
Fabric (cotton or silk) made of handspun yarns, symbol of India's fight for Independence.
A loose jacket worn traditionally with loose trousers (Pyjama) and
scarf (Chunnri) by women of Punjab. Can also be worn with loose
trousers fitted in bunches along lower calf (Churidar). Also worn in
contemporary fashion with straight trousers.
Men traditionally wear a similar simplified version of Kurta, also worn with
Churidar, Lungi or Dhoti. A smaller jacket made of thicker material is
worn over the Kurta instead of a Chunnri.
A shorter version of the Kurta worn with straight pants. Made popular in the
1960's and 1970's,
having been glamourised by Bollywood filmstars of that era,
it has now made a come-back into contemporary fashion.
A pattern in which wavy stripes are formed by a certain dyeing technique.
Drawstring skirt, usually worn with Choli and Odhni.
A sarong (usually made of cotton or Mul) worn traditionally by
men in India.
Head-locket worn along parting of hair in the middle of the head. They have
tiny hooks that can
be attached directly to your hair or to pins in your hair.
Borders or buties woven with different color silks to give the appearence of enamel.
A bead or pearl.
Tiny disks of beaten Silver or Gold are carefully sown onto delicate fabrics to
a shimmering look.
Cotton, usually in reference to Indian muslin, particularly the
muslin woven in Bengal.
A pin or ring traditionally worn on the nose by Indian women. (The nose rings
provide are fitted so that the wearer does not require a piercing in the nose
to wear it.)
A large veil, worn by women, with a ghagara / lehenga. Traditionally draped to
cover head and right shoulder, with left end tucked into wasitband at front.
The decorative end of a saree that is usually draped over body or left flowing
The wool made from fleece of the chin and underbelly of the rare Tibetan wild
A border or edging, usually made by super-imposing a strip of embellished or
plain fabric on a finished garment.
A long flared draw-string skirt, worn underneath a sari
to give it shape. Most of the sari is tucked into the waist band of the
Petticoat and the end of the sari is draped over the shoulder.
Floral Emboidery typical of Punjab.
Baggy drawstring trousers worn traditionally with a Kurta/ Kurti.
Fine needled embroidery done with silk thread by skilled artisans.
SARI/ SAREE/ SHARI
A length of cloth with a decorated end panel draped around the body,
traditionally worn by Indian women.
Usually 5.5m to 9m in length and worn over a short/ long blouse and matching
A strip of cloth worn around the body, especially in Malaya. Worn around
the waist or body in contemporary fashion, especially as part of beach/ holiday
Baggy drawstring trousers gathered at the ankle. Usually worn with Kameez and
Formal knee-length coat/jacket style kurta for men.
Strengthening a seam by sewing over the original seam line.
A circular spangle for embellishment of clothes.
Sequins hand-sown onto fabric by skilled artisans, in intricate
patterns or designs for embellishment.
A short/ long blouse worn with matching pants fitted till the knee,
with a big flare from the knee onwards. They are usually heavily embellished
and worn with a matching long Chunnri. A traditionally muslim outfit, it was
into Indian culture, along with the art of mehendi (henna-tattoo) by the Mughal
Tiny metal discs, often of gold or silver finish with a tiny hole in the centre
Figured Silk with multiple supplementary weft threads that create a heavy densly patterned fabric.
A forehead ornament also sometimes refer to a Bindi.
Small Metallic Discs Embroidered onto Fabric.
A type of hand-spun wild silk made in Eastern and Central India.
Ancient Persian art (Zar in Persian means Gold and Dozi means Embroidery)
which dates back to before the Mughal Empire. Patterns are traced in Gold and
Silver, studded with seed pearls and precious stones, which enhance the
shimmering beauty of silk, velvet and brocade. Zardozi embroidery is
fashioned with a needle that is used to run up and down through the cloth,
while the cloth is pulled tightly over a large wooden frame.
Metal wrapped yarn used for Zardosi embroidery.