India has been one of the most dynamic countries when it comes to culture. India inherits varied and rich textile traditions traced back to the Indus Valley civilization. The Indus Valley civilization spun cotton since at least 3000 BC, as indicated by the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro. The earliest traces of cotton known anywhere in the world have been found in the Valley. The people here often used homespun cotton for weaving their cotton garments. Cotton products originating from India have also been found in many Middle East countries. Cotton textiles were exported to China due to its high demand during the heydays of the silk route. Indian silk was quite popular and famous in Rome in the early centuries of the Christian era. Even as of today Indian textiles have a great and wide market in a number of countries.
The earliest evidence for normal weave textiles at Harappa is found in this impression on a Ravi Phase bead from Harappa, dating to around 3300 BC and discovered between 1995 and 1998.
The highly skilled crafts practiced in clusters around India gives rise to diverse and unique products influenced by culture along with tradition. Indian crafts have been scaling from a village subculture to a precisely giant handmade economy that inspires trends for luxury brands and fashion shows all around the globe. Modern India is set on the path to rediscover its traditional skills and explore the crafts that were being lost to time.
Line up of Rieter machines at Rajapalayam Mills (Tamil Nadu, India)
Timeless Artisans gives a chance for fashion students and enthusiasts to learn and understand the Indian textile culture and its various forms. The tour is the result of extensive fieldwork and research done across the length and breadth of India. It’s a journey to discover and experience the rich art and craft legacy of the country – the artistry in villages, accessory markets, shopping lanes, mega factories and cloth markets in the city along with sightseeing and scrumptious Indian cuisines. This tour will inspire artists, designers, collectors and connoisseurs alike to create contemporary designs that reflect the skills, love, hard work and artistry of India relished around the world. We have several tours including educational tours for students, textile tours for enthusiasts, fashion designer tours for aspiring designers as well as customised art, craft and textile tours to suit the tourist.
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