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Discovering India's Resplendent Textiles

Zubin Shroff A Muslim tie-dyed <em>longhi</em> for men that dates back more than 100 years.

Photo: Zubin Shroff

Since ancient times, textiles have been associated with important rituals and social occasions in India. In fact, India’s history is so interwoven with textiles that it is hard to separate the two. Cotton and silk are indigenous, and when weavers discovered how to make colorfast dyes, Indian fabrics were the envy of the world.

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Inspired by: The Fabric of India — by Louise Levathes, Published Nov. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Garha Safari Lodge

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    Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

    1903 grande dame with dramatic interiors—vaulted ceilings; silk carpets; onyx columns—overlooking the 85-foot-high Gateway of India. The lobby of t

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Activities (12)

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    Nalli Chinnasami Chetty

    Five incredible floors of fabrics from throughout the south—Kanchipuram silks and saris, cottons and ready-made clothes—and packed with Indian shop

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    WomenWeave Charitable Trust

    U.N.-supported nonprofit that seeks to improve Indian women’s lives by marketing their handloomed products.

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    Kalamkari Research & Training Centre

    The center is run by master textile painter J. Niranjan Shetty.

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    Textile Society of America

    The organization creates textile tours around the world, including in India.

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    Dakshinachitra

    Near Chennai, this village of reconstructed houses typical of southern India, hosts Muslim silk-mat weavers, who practice and sell their craft.

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    Museum Quality Textiles

    A. A. Wazir and his sons have been collecting embroidery and textiles that are true to their shop’s name for more than 25 years.

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    Kala Raksha

    This trust supports local artisans and preserves traditional crafts in Kutch, including embroidery.

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    Calico Museum of Textiles

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    Studio Aavartan

    The boutique of handicrafts expert and design consultant Bela Shanghvi.

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    Meera Mehta

    Textile designer Meera Mehta has a superb sense of color and works with weavers around the country.

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    The Indian Textiles Co.

    Luxurious, high-end fabrics from all over India, collected by owners Sushil and Meera Kumar. Shop and showroom are in the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

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    Textile Museum

    Located off the usual tourist track in the Kalorama neighborhood, this small museum is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the artistic valu

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