The cradle of arts, culture, colours and traditions, Gujarat’s contribution to the nation is so much more than Narendra Modi and some lip-smacking snacks. The state has been a melting pot of a mélange of colourful fashion that has kept its step forward at all times.
1. Kutch Work: Original to the region of Saurashtra and the salty desert of the Kutch, the ‘Katchhi’ embroidery is one of the most fascinating forms of embroidery from the state. Herringbone, Button and daring stitches are used to create stunning patchwork detailing on the fabric. Mirror work is also used extensively for this work.
A model in Anita Dongre
2. Bandhini: An evocative form of dye on fabric that is known for its stunning pattern and colourful nature. The patterns are created using the tie and dye technique where the prints are created using a fascinating process.
A model in Tanvi Kedia
3. Kedia: Traditionally belonging to the native tribes of Gujarat, kedia can be best understood as the garment worn during Navratras. The traditional shirt with a frock-like flare at the hem is heavily adorned with traditional embroideries of Gujarat. The frock-like hem has inspired several fashion trends across the globe. Peplum top for instance is strikingly similar to the kedia. Read about the different interpretations of the kedia top here.
A model in Gaurang Shah
4. Patola: Coming from the town of Patan, patola is known for its immaculate work and supreme detailing. The fabric is created with a double ikat style and is known for its detailed work on both sides of the fabric. One sari of patola can take up to months of creation and hence enhances the quality and the cost of the fabric. Several designers nationally and internationally have used patola to create stunning outfits.
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5. Tribal Jewellery: Owing it to the nomadic past of the region, Gujarati men and women both have their traditional forms of jewellery. ‘Kanthi’ is a form of necklace usually crafted out of ceramic. It has continued to inspire trends in jewellery in Gujarat since decades. The silver 'kandora' is worn round the waist whereas 'vinti' is a form of embossed ring.
6. Rabari: Known for the costume of the shepherd and cattle bearing community in Gujarat, Rabari draws inspirations from the Sindhi-Rajasthani community. The rabari work lies solely on a repeated pattern of stitches that is done on the entire ghagra or lehenga. Multiple stitches are used to create motifs inspired from the daily life of people.