The age old tradition of hand weaving is very dear to us. We consider it as a true source of inspiration and art. The care, love, compassion and meditations involved in the development of hand woven fabrics is difficult to express in words and can be understood only upon feeling the fabric. The touch of it can fill one with that aspect of nature which is raw and organic. A sense of nature that is passed on to us from the warm abodes of the handloom, from the touch of the weaver’s artistic hands and the spirits of the silkworms itself. The tradition of Handloom weaving is integral to the socio-cultural fabric of India. Handloom products entail distinctive features by geographical distribution and traits of local craftsmanship. The north eastern region of India, and especially the state of Assam in particular is acknowledged as a prime location for this tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Vrindavani Vastra

The synthesis of both tribal and non-tribal techniques have contributed greatly to the development of the handloom sector in this region. The glory of handloom products has been seeping across our domestic borders and are present worldwide. Some pieces have even been lionzed and placed in the world’s most prestigious museums. One such example is that of the Vrindavani Vastra. This historic textile was first developed by Sri Sankardeva at the request of the Koch King Naranarayana in the 17th century. It depicts the life of Lord Krishna, the fun and frolic of his time in Vrindavan. Legend tells us the Vastra was so long, broad and heavy, it took 60 people to spend, roll back, tie and lift it. It is known to be 60 yards long and 30 wide. It remains a mystery as to where its remains can be found today, as fragments of it have been discovered in Tibet as well as far flung Europe.

Fabric Plus considers the traditional of Handloom textiles a special form of art. We strive to maximise the utility of this practice and encourage communities across the land to continue practicing and innovate towards the development of newer products.

We understand that this form of art stands on loose ground as much of today’s upcoming generations are losing interest in such traditional practices. Big cities attract youngsters with enticing lifestyle and work opportunities, but at the same time, the sentiments towards life in the village is one that is close at heart. We have seen that by opening up new job opportunities across rural communities, the people there find it a privilege to be working in their true home and pursuing an age old tradition that garners both esteem and respect.

Thus, it is with a mindset that is eager to explore what this form of art, with innovation and experiment, can offer to markets worldwide. How handloom textiles can be seen on the streets of London, Paris, New York and other international Fashion Hubs. How Handloom textiles can promote stories through its fabric and motifs. And most importantly, how handloom textiles can share the significance of what it means to wear a fabric that isn’t part of fast fashion but a fabric that teaches us the importance of sustainability and respect to our ancestors, traditions and stories that were told before and those we tell now.