5 Indian Patterns In Fashion That Are All The Rage Right Now!
Indian patterns and prints have been in trend for several years. You will always find these patterns making a comeback in various fashion shows across the world. We are sure that this year will also witness some ethnic and Indian elements taking the limelight. Let’s take a look at the desi patterns that are likely to be a hit in 2020.
Paisley or the paisley pattern is an ornamental design. It is a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end of Persian origin. By the late 18th century, it became a rage in Europe when Kashmiri artisans weaved it into pashmina shawls. Usually worn by women as a much-loved status symbol, its English name derives from the town of Paisley, in Scotland which became the center for producing its designs in Europe. Though the handiwork of the weavers has been replaced by mechanized looms the pattern is still commonly seen in Britain and other English-speaking countries with men’s ties.
Believed to have been introduced in the Mughal court by Noor Jahan, wife of emperor Jahangir, Chikankari is the practice of stitching white untwisted yarn on fine fabrics like muslin, cotton or voile. In recent years, the embroidery is also being done on brightly-hued fabrics or using coloured threads.
An artful technique of metallic embroidery, zardozi uses fine metal wire or thread in gold and silver (or copper wires and synthetic threads for cost-effective designs), to create patterns on fabrics like velvet, satin and heavy silk. Varying from 3D-like patterns to minimal designs, zardozi is commonly employed in bridalwear and couture.
Phulkari, meaning flower work, was traditionally practised by the women of Punjab in their homes. The designs depict colourful motifs embroidered using a long-and-short darn stitch. A mandatory trousseau item for the community’s women, the craft even found mention in Waris Shah’s 18th century poem Heer Ranjha where phulkari was part of Heer’s trousseau.
This embroidery technique practised by women in rural Bihar is akin to an art form. Outlined in chain stitch and filled with running stitches, sujini is also a means of storytelling. The designs often locate a woman’s place in a patriarchal society, with depiction of social evils like dowry or domestic violence, and also showcase their personal aspirations.
Ancient traditions in Indian fashion and design are kept alive with the help of creative designers. So let’s hope even in 2020, the craze for authentic designs and fashion soar through the roof!