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Textile Art and Design Edge – African textiles, India Textile

Designs for both woven and printed textiles often begin with a drawing or watercolor sketch of the finished design. Traditionally, drawings of woven textile patterns were translated onto special forms of graph paper called point papers which were used by the weavers in setting up their looms. A textile is any kind of woven, knitted, knotted or tufted clothe, or a non-woven fabric. Textile has traditionally meant a woven fabric. The term comes from a Latin word taxere, meaning to weave.

Every region and every country has a unique taste of clothing. Garments are said to reflect the culture and traditions of the society. The textile designs are thoroughly original, innovative, contemporary and unconventional that can bring a change in styling yourself and your home.

African Textiles Design

african textile

african textile

African textiles are a part of African cultural heritage that came to America along with the slave trade. As many slaves were skilled in the weaving, this skill was used as another form of income for the slave owner.African textiles—ranging from those of Islamic and Western cultures as well as from within Africa—are identified and explained.

* Aso oke fabric – woven by Yoruba people
* Adire- tie-dye produced by Yoruba people
* Kente cloth – woven by Ashanti and Ewe people
* Barkcloth – produced by the Buganda tribe
* Mudcloth- produced by the Bambara tribe
* Kitenge – produced in Kenya and other regions of East Africa

Chinese Textile



Textiles in china often form an integral aspect of its heritage and symbolically reflect its tradition and culture. According to the town textile enterprises to expand production scale, after the completion of primitive accumulation, the requirements in 1998, Hsu founded the village covers an area of 250 acres of industrial park.

From the ancient city of Chengdu in the heart of Southwestern China, Shu “Sichuan” brocade is one the four famous brocade and embroidery schools of China with a history of more than 2000 years. Chinese design shuns away from clutter in favor of accenting the living space with carefully chosen pieces, each adding its own specific value. Haining City, China Home Textile Decoration total 350 acres, plans a total investment of 350 million, making it the country’s largest wholesale market of home textiles categories.

India Textile

Indian Textile

Indian Textile

The richness of the regions textile culture is indeed evident to the visitor as well as to the follower of fashion in the West. Most of the hand-and screen-printed yardage, the brightly coloured and patterned cotton that is used in the West for summer dress blouse and skirt fabric, comes from Rajasthan. Varanasi, a famous center for silk weaving is popular for its brocade or kinkab with a wide variety of its various techniques and styles.

The chikan work of Lucknow, patterned on lace is delicate and subtle. The stitch by its sheer excellence provides ornamentation to the material. and block printing in India was the chief occupation of the chippas – a community of printers. They use metal or wooden blocks to print designs on the fabrics by hand. Kashmiri Shikara, Rajasthani ghagra choli are famous among them.

# Embroidery
# Hand Printing
# Block printing
# Spray Printing
# Screen printing
# Kalamkari
# Batik
# Discharge printing
# Tie and dye


October 4, 2011 Posted by | Art, Designs, Fashion, Textile Design | , , , , , , | 1 Comment