Effortless and endlessly wearable — there’s a lot to love about natural fabrics. Cotton, linen, silk, wool, jute and other handlooms are the soul of Indian fashion . And to honour this rich heritage of Indian textiles, August 7 is observed as National Handloom Day since 2015.
Textile is an important component of a well-curated wardrobe. From established to emerging ones, designers are committed to working with the best consciously sourced fabrics from across the country. Moreover, shoppers today are also questioning the provenance of what they buy. With the supply chain converting from trend to transitional, quality fabrics are being coveted for their lasting tendencies.
Lustrous silk for festivities
Silk has the flair to add richness to fine craftsmanship. Designers like Sabyasachi, Jayanti Reddy and Punit Balana among others have translated its aged lusciousness into festive statement-makers. Eco-credentials like long durability and biodegradability are reasons enough to keep silk creations in rotation in your celebratory wardrobe.
Comfy cotton for days
The comfort quotient of cotton fabric is like the sartorial equivalent nature’s goodness. Timelessly pertinent, this blue-chip fabric has found a way into umpteen closets. We all know how a white cotton shirt promises effortless style and versatility. From utilitarian styles by Chandrima to playful dresses by Jajaabor, cotton silhouettes are ideal for any day in your diary.
Luxe linen must-haves
Weightless and resolute, linen is a summer dressing staple. Its relaxed attribute is what makes it remarkably easy to live in. Having achieved cult status for laidback styling, labels like Payal Pratap, Swati Vijaivargie, Nesolo have envisioned this hand-weave into hi-fashion. Constructed with a relaxed fit, linen separates by Divyam Mehta will take the go-to spot in your workwear wardrobe.
Woollen wonders beyond winter
Woollen knits aren’t just reserved to combat plummeting temperatures. The one-season wonder has evolved and how! The most-coveted comforter fabric across the globe is being constructed beyond outerwear by Indian labels. Case in point — AMPM gave it a refreshing festive spin with a long embroidered jacket and Nikita Mhaisalkar came up with a half and half knit conceptual sari.
Jute in diverse ways
From utility bags to home furnishings, jute’s diversified applications have set foot in the fashion sphere as well. On the runway, Kunal Anil Tanna improvised it with catchy prints to make statement pants while Himani and Anjali Shah created a radiant ethnic look with jute brocade for their festive collection.