Shop handloom Fabric like a Pro: Smart tips & Ideas.May 16, 2019
India has been one of the largest producers of high-quality textiles for many centuries now. Although the fashion industry has been evolving and India’s contribution has not always remained stable, the fact that our country is home to rich textiles is unquestionable.
Indian summers are very hot in most of the states and people require very light and comfortable clothing to handle the heat and sweat. Handloom textiles fit the bill perfectly for this. However, shopping for handloom clothing can be different from how shopping is normally done. Let us look at some avenues to have a great shopping experience when looking for handloom clothes.
Summer is a time when most cities and towns host exhibitions to let weavers from all parts of the country exhibit their produce. Many designers who make fashionable and comfortable clothes by working with weavers take part in these exhibitions as well. Keep up with the exhibition calendars of popular exhibition sites in your city or town and shop to your heart’s content in these colourful and fun exhibitions!
Talk to the people from whom you buy and get to know where they are coming from. Exhibitions are great to buy some amazing clothes for the summer as well as to get to know who makes these clothes and their stories. Keep middlemen away and insist on talking to the actual makers of your clothes for a really fulfilling experience.
Online stores are great venues
For year-round shopping, there are many online stores that work with handloom weavers across the country and bring the best of weaves and designs to your doorstep. Summer is ideal for light and airy fabrics such as cotton, mul, khadi, etc. So, look up for brands that use these fabrics to make the kind of clothes that you like and start shopping!
Keep in mind that handloom clothes are generally slightly more loose-fitting when compared to regular fashion brands. So, pick your size right and ensure that there is exchange policy if the fit is not right for you.
Chic boutiques for your dream outfits
There are many compact and specialised boutiques that have come up in most cities that offer customise clothing and readymade clothes that are one of a kind in pure handloom fabrics. Discover such boutiques around you and give them a visit. The experience of even talking to the people running the boutique and getting familiar with how they work is a great experience.
Pick your favourite fabric and get outfits tailor-made to breeze through summer in your very own personalised style!
Government supported stores
The government supports handloom weavers of various regions to sell their creations at specific venues to support them in gaining more market for their products. These are usually situated at prominent locations and would have been functioning for a long time. With the arrival of big fashion brands, these smaller stores took a hit in the past but now it is time to revive our traditional fabrics that are, in fact, one of the best for our climate.
So, go to these co-operative stores and spend time in selecting what you like best. This will be a different shopping experience and the great quality of fabrics will keep you coming back for more!
Going all the way to find authentic weaves
For people who are really interested in finding the best of our traditional weaves, it is best to actually visit some weaving clusters in your state and shop from the original makers of the fabric itself! You can later get the fabric stitched into designs that you like from your local tailor. Another option is to buy products like sarees and dhothies from these weavers instead of fabrics and switch to more of such traditional clothing. Sarees and dhothies in light materials are some of the best clothing for women and men in summer and these are just free-flowing fabrics that can be worn directly after buying from weavers.