Among the many recipients of the Padma Shri awards this year, there was one name that specially caught our attention. Working with authentic Maheshwari Saree and understanding the process of handloom sarees have made us appreciate the beauty of handloom in India more. So when this year the award was given to Biren Kumar Basak, a traditional weaver from Bengal it meant more to Rentiyo. Septuagenarian Biren Kumar Basak, was someone who started his journey by selling sarees going door-to-door in the 1970s with his brother in Kolkata. Coming from a small town Nadia district of West Bengal, Mr. Basak has single-handedly revolutionized the Handloom Sarees industry in Bengal.
In this series of articles we will be discussing the saris of India. The Hindi word sāṛī (साड़ी, described in Sanskrit शाटी śāṭī which means 'strip of cloth' and शाडी śāḍī or साडी sāḍī in Pali, and which evolved to sāṛī in modern Indian languages. Handloom sari weaving is one of India's cottage industries. The handloom weaving process requires several stages in order to produce the final product. Traditionally the processes of dyeing (during the yarn, fabric, or garment stage), warping, sizing, attaching the warp, weft winding and weaving were done by weavers and local specialists around weaving towns and villages. Among the various different types of saris found all over India this article speaks about various techniques that are used to make saris. These techniques are mainly divided into four categories: Engineered, Translucent, Brocade and Inlay.
Today can be the day you plan to make a change. Take small steps that go a long way. Today you can make a replacement from a wardrobe that harms to a wardrobe that protects.
If you have a closet that is full of clothes and still feel like there’s nothing to wear because of frequent wear and tear, the problem is the quality of that apparel. When replacing low quality, fast fashion apparel with good quality, sustainable clothing, you look good, feel good and do good (to the environment, to the hardworking artisans and to the future).
The fashion industry is vigorously dynamic. However, this can be very problematic for the environment. The demonstration effect exhibited by celebrities has people adapting with the swift changing trends, increasing the demand for fast fashion. To cope with the demand, industries cut costs by using cheap material and cheap labour. Each year, fast fashion industries emit around 1.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases, the majority being carbon dioxide (CO2). Large landfills and water bodies are jammed with mountains of clothing waste which takes about 200 years to decompose, and the microfibres that go into the ocean can be hazardous to living creatures. In this process, most labourers are made to work for hours at low wages without any job security or safety implications. This merely shows how less value these hardworking artisans and ethics hold for large industries. All of this just for one to wear once and throw away. That’s where the need for sustainability arrives.
Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or earth’s natural resources and one’s personal resources.
WHY SWITCH TO ORGANIC CLOTHING?
Hand Crafts have played a stunning role in shaping India’s culture. Hand crafts are more than just crafts. The artisan makes something by hand, yes, but puts his heart and a little bit of his soul into what he creates.
We then go on to form an immutable connection with these crafted weaves, prints and embroideries— as they silently inform our sensibilities and our choices. They get so intricately woven into the warp and weft of our everyday lives that we perhaps don’t even notice how they form our everyday choices and sacred symbols. Hand crafts are in your Ikat upholstered chair, the Chanderi curtains that blow gently in the wind, in the Rajasthani Kambhari piece hanging from your wall and even in that scalloped aari work dupatta you bring out only for special occasions.