Make in India, we Indian buy Indian, Self reliant nation – these are the slogans that we are used to because of the new initiatives from the government in 2014. But they are not new to us. One of our popular freedom movements, Swadeshi was lead by Mahatma Gandhi and had the same motive – to avoid foreign goods and make our own cloth materials. Khadi making was encouraged and this was started in 1905. To commemorate the Swadeshi Movement, National Handloom day was declared on August 7, 2015 to honour the handloom community, protect their heritage and empower the workers.
This blog is about the various handloom products that could be chosen as a gift to near and dear ones on any special occasion.
Handloom gifts for Men:
Clothing/ Outfit is the first and foremost of handloom products. Every region has its own raw materials, style of weaving as well as the entire process. The culture and value of nativity are filled in the outfits.
Not only shirt and pant but many hand loomed men’s products like kurats, pockets squares for suit,jackets etc.,are also available.
Handloom gifts for Women:
Indian Silk sarees are popular worldwide. All major varieties of silk like Banarasi silk, kanchipuram silk, Bhadhini silk, tussar silk, chanderi silk etc are hand loomed types only with different process and fabric.
Gifting a hand loomed silk saree is always the best gift for your loved one’s but there are other options too.
Apart from sarees and kurtas, western wear, frock dress, short top, dupatta and stole are also available for women.
Check www.nameg.in for various collections of hand loomed women’s outfits.
Handlooms as we know are nothing but fabric that are weaved by traditional ways. These fabrics can also be used for making accessories. They are trendy, unique and especially against cruelty to animals. Sling bags, tote, clutches, shade cased all are available made of handloom fabrics.
Won’t you love it if you can match your journal to your outfit? yeah that’s too possible. Hand Loomed journals, duffle bag as well as laptop bags are also available.
Check www.chanchal.co.in for various types of hand loomed accessories.
Handloom gifts for kids:
Soft toys are always best buddies for kids. They love to cuddle, play along with them but furry soft toys are considered hazardous as they can potentially penetrate through the nose or mouth. Soft toys made of cloth are very safe as well as pretty. Soft toys made of hand woven cloth are still more beautiful.
Wherever we use fabrics in our home as part of necessity and decor, we can replace the same hand loomed products.
We can have hand woven bed cover and quilts from www.itokri.com. table runner and table place mat from www.ourbetterplanet.com . We can also have some pretty letter stands, holding boxes made of handlooms.
Check www.gocoop.com for various hand loomed products.
We have touched only the tip of the berg. There are still other handloom products which are good gifts anytime, anywhere. The various link given in the blog are also top companies giving you products directly from specialised weavers.
Adding on, you may feel the cost is bit too high. To hand woven a product it takes from one week to few months based on the type of fabric, processes and availability. Lot of manual work is being put from designing, colouring, weaving, drying etc. Many people are involved for days together to make one product. Their hard work needs to be paid off and recognised.
On this National handloom day, support all the weavers and give more handloom products as gifts which are unique, pretty and more importantly indigenous.