The ethnic fabric prints and patterns of India seem to make a comeback. The fabrics that once limited themselves to sarees, lehengas and kurtas can now be seen reinterpreted into modern forms like tunic tops, palazzos, blazers, and even evening party gowns, thanks to the fashion designers who are keen on preserving and reviving our heritage and ethnic handicrafts. Bold Outline looks into some of the ethnic fabrics and handworks across the country to rediscover its heritage. With its roots from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Kalamkaari is a hand painting technique where the artist uses a pen and natural dyes to draw and fill in design motifs.
India is a country with an ancient clothing design tradition, yet an emerging fashion industry. Though a handful of designers existed prior to the s, the late s and the s saw a spurt of growth. This was the result of increasing exposure to global fashion and the economic boom the economic liberalization of the Indian economy in The following decades firmly established fashion as an industry across India.