Light Weight Fabrics for Daily Ensemble
Light Weight Fabrics for Daily Ensemble.
When we think of India and particularly her weather the only most common fabric that comes to our mind is the ubiquitous cotton.
And why not?
Cotton is one of the most breathable, fluffy, soft lightweight fabrics commonly and easily available in plain weave, which can combat the severe tropical heat. What we don’t see is beyond cotton, many more such fabrics and textures that are as easily available, only lesser known.
Take for example, Linen, which is naturally made from flax, it is highly desirable for hot climates and the appeal is chic and elegant, yet used sparsely.
Organic fabrics in Cotton, Banana, Eucalyptus, Soya, Basil (Tulsi) is paving way slowly making their presence felt because of their sustainable attribute.However, different cotton count qualities and weaves like Muslin, Ikat, Jamdani, Chanderi etc. are less known in the daily wear scenario which truly deserves recognition in Indian daily wear wardrobe.
These fabrics in the past, have mostly been associated with the orthodox and conservative appeal limiting to occasion and festive wear. Hence the innate Indian quality of these fabrics have been filtered through generations and not been a part of the daily look, either for work or for leisure.
Given the climatic conditions we live in, these fabrics had been intrinsically embedded in our traditional wear be it sarees, salwar kameezs, lehengas for women and dhotis and kurtas for men. The prime reason was to carry out day- to-day work with maximum comfort of the garments worn, beating the heat.
But today thanks to many a conscious buyers and brands that custom make to size and style, these ethnic wear are brought out restyled and reimagined as dresses, tunics, short kurtis and anti fit tops to match with variety of bottoms than mere salwars. The range varies from palazzos, chudidars, dhoti pants, cigarette pants in these light weight fabrics with minimal or no embellishment
that become an effortless part of the daily wear, maintaining the Indian look with a contemporary twist.
There is so much India has to offer in traditional textiles, which are lightweight and functional. Moreover they can be adapted to contemporary styles. It’s only a matter of broadening our horizons and looking beyond what meets the face. There is something for everybody!