There are a lot of myths surrounding Handloom Sarees. Although, they are quite in vogue today, truth is they have always been the epitome of gorgeous Eastern fashion or Indian wear. Not only in India, but also in many parts of South East Asia and the rest of the Indian subcontinent, gorgeous weaves like Ikat and many of its variations have been produced since ages
Well, for starters, handloom purely and simply implies – a weaving loom that is operated by hand – with no or very limited intervention of electricity or power. The power-looms, on the other hand, practically imply the industrial scale, large machine units or set-ups, which are generally used to mass-produce.
Going by this definition, all known Indian sarees, like the grand Banarasi Sarees and demure Chanderi Saris, and area-specific fabric weaves – even many of indigenous fabrics like Bhagalpuri silks, Banarasi silks, Mangalgiri cotton etc. that we know of – fall in the handloom variety. Because, they actually started off as weaves that were woven on hand-operated looms – in ancient times, when there was no electricity. Today, the scenario is vastly different – many of these saris and fabrics are produced in the same way – using hand-loom style looms and weaving mechanisms – but most of them have technology backing, in some way or the other.
People in India have had the good fortune of having an access to a vast variety of indigenous weaves – from almost every part of the country. In fact, the Indian states like Bengal, Tamil Nadu and many others boast of such rich textiles heritage that even the smallest of their weaving centers have produced amazing weaves that have survived centuries. Kancheepuram or the iconic Kanjivaram Sarees are one of those and so are Bengal’s pride Jamdani Sarees and Balcuchari Sarees.
There had come a time, unfortunately, when many of these weaves were losing themselves in the crowd of new-age fashion. Thankfully, they saw a major revival – and the handlooms and umatched handloom sarees are now a buzzword in the Indian fashion. Obviously, everyone out there is trying to catch on this huge trend. To meet the vast demand, many imitations and mass-produced styles are being sold in the markets – in the guise of handlooms. Now the most important quality of a handloom product is its uniqueness. These are high quality weaves and their texture cannot be compared to the regular products. Thus, the cheaper imitations are nowhere near the ‘real’ thing!
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