The make of Indian prints is process driven. Use this guide to maker's Hindi/Indian Slang translated into English, to understand the natural dye block print process together with other general information.
Muslins were, likely, the world’s first luxury trades. Demand for their sensory qualities of airiness, softness and coolness on the skin drove exports all over the ancient world. Domestically, Indian muslins are regarded as an art form that rivaled the beauty and transparency of silk. In Rome and beyond, Indian handwovens were sold as ‘textalisventalis’ or ‘woven air’.
Art Deco evolved out of early century fine art movements like Cubism, Constructivism and Futurism. These all reached for something new. They were all utopian in concept but often dystopian in practice with political overtones that meant they never got much beyond small audiences of artists and intellectuals.
In 1599 the Indian Mughal Empire produced about 37.6% of world's GDP, much of it from the luxury textile trade. The capacity to embed cloth with long lasting color made Indian textiles highly desirable. India's refined color and pattern-imparting technologies, and they really are still that, were key to glorious Mughal court life. These technologies were also closely kept commercial secrets, analogous to what glass was to Venice or silk was to China. Shopping with Greige.co means you’ll buy a wonderful product. But, you’ll also step into a 4000 year-old river of craft, creativity and culture. Come with us to see why.