The north indian town of Lucknow is famous for its Chikankari embroidery, fine white on white embroidery with a repertoire of 36 different stiches.
Lungi is the traditional skirt of the men of Bangladesh. Today associated with richshaw drivers and rural men. But eighty percent of the Bangladeshi still wear them inside their home because it´s so comfortable.
Vyshyvanka is a traditional ukrainian embroidery, which is the most essential part of the national costume. As a kind of prophylactics embroidery against the devil´s eye positioned at any opening like necklines and sleeves.
There are around 15 different stages of dying, washing, reprinting…the technique of block printing is more than 3000 years old. In Kutch, Gujarat, it´s practiced solely by men.
Known as ajrakh, this double-sided textiles is made by the Kathri block-printers from Ajarakhpur in Gujarat. Ajrakh is realated to the arabic world for blue azrak.
Gujarat/Indien: The Rani-ki-Vav step-well in Patan is the oldest and finest in Gujarta. The weaver from the nearly Patola silk weaving workshop said that the textile was in Patan before the step-well, not the opposite way.
India/Gujarat: Patan Patola is a double ikat textile, that means both, the warp and the weft, are dyed before the weaving. As a result patterns and colours are extraordinary vibrant and elaborate. With such thin silk thread it takes a lot of time and it´s an extreme test of precision and planning. A sari starts around 10 000 $.
Kutch/Gujarat/India: The walls of this Meghwali roundhouse in Hodka village in Kutch are constructed with whitewashed mud and dung and a lot of mirrors. Normaly the toran is hanging above the door, here he´s protecting the inhabitants agains the devils coming out of the TV.
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