India is full of diversity be it geography, culture, factors of urbanization or the range of fabrics. Most non-cotton fabrics used in India, which was a fashion rage in the 60’s and 70’s like polyester, voile and georgette are influence of western trends. The original Indian fabric is cotton and variations in cotton include cotton wool, cotton silk and all time soft muslin or mulmul.
The high export variety in cotton is doing much to promote the Indian trade. Silks come in an endless range like pure silks, ghaltas, raw silk, brocade and tussar. The gulbadan, amru and peacock tinted silks are a prized possession. Other envious types of silks come in rich kanjivarams and chanderis. Patterned, chequered or plain it is a fabric of eternal formal grace.
Blends in fabrics are getting popular. The cotton silk is an ultimate comfort for the skin. Wools with cotton in cardigans are good for mild winters. Detailing and mix-n-match styles attract such blending combinations.
Primarily South of India is an booming industry for textiles. Weaves and textile works go a long way in paving fashion vistas. Jute is well experimented as cutting and styling is easy. Easily pliable to suit folds and pleats jute is a neat wear. Urban styles have western borrowings. Lyrca is the recent fashion fabric. Stretchable and suited for the now-woman look, the pliability of the fabric does wonders in fitting.
Velvet though not the current trend is symbolic of feminity. Jacquard is a rich fabric and easy to be draped or cut into Indian wear. Georgette, chiffons, voile come in varieties. Chiffon is forever a fashion statement be it the saree or a simple kurta. Colours can be easily dyed on Acrylic
Polynosic variety comes in Men’s shirts. Lycra-cottons are recent in trouser sets. Terry cot and Terry wool are easy maintenance. Dobby weaves and prints add more élan. Polyester is preferred for easy dry convenience and a monsoon wear.
Pure crepes, silk crepes leave a lot to experiment with. Linen spell comfort be it lounge wear or formal apparels. Tafetta, Duiponi, Chinese silks, crepes and Charmeuse offer a lot in blending. Well tailored and adapted to Indian traditional needs the range and blends in satins and georgette is amazing. Fibers like rayon and nylon are useable. Colours can be easily dyed on Acrylic.
The next time you need to buy georgette, ask for designs in animal prints, stretch or georgette-satin blends.