Unnati Silks : Kalamkari Dress & Oxidized Silver Chandbalis

Back with an indie look today, styled a beautiful Kalamkari kurta with a twist. I really adore Indian handloom and handicrafts, being a designer I always get fascinated towards Indian textile and love to promote Indian artisans who do such amazingly wonderful job. I recently discovered a brand -Unnati Silks and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys.

I wore this Kalamkari kurta from Unnati Silks as a dress. I really admire the motifs and colors of the dress. The richness of these vibrant colors made the garment look so playful. To maintain the Indian essence, I styled it with multicolor mojaris and huge oxidized silver chandbalis. Also, matched the blue contrast piping detail with blue bangles to add a little fun to the look without getting diverted from the indie theme. Finally, completed the looking by making top knot hairstyle. The hairstyle added edge to the look and at the same time allowed it to focus more on the colorful garment.

About the Brand :

Unnati Silks is a saga of ‘HANDLOOMS FOR WOMEN’ that began in 1980, fouded by Mr. Devendra Gopal Ladha. An experience of three decades plus in silk and cotton textiles. The brand offers a vast and varied range of handwoven and handcrafted products (like sarees, salwar suits, kurtas, kurtis and other Indian ethnic fabrics). The devotion and dedication of talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states of India has made the brand’s products exquisite.

About Kalamkari :

Kalamkari or Qalamkari is hand painted or block printed textile. It is derived from the Persian ‘drawing with a pen’. There are two styles in India. The Srikalahasthi style which is based on themes of religious hangings, temple engravings, scrolls, deities, scenes from epics etc. based on the influence of Hindu rulers of the Malla dynasty. The Machilipatnam style based on Islam influence of the Mughals and evolved with themes of flora, fauna and nature chosen.

The initial weaving of the fabric completed, is when the Kalamkari process takes over. The cotton fabric is immersed in a fine mix of myrobalan ( a resin) and cow’s milk to provide the adhesion of colours. By soaking it for an hour a unique gloss is achieved. It is after this that the finer lines and details are drawn with a bamboo stick styled like a pen soaked in fermented jiggery and water. After this the vegetable dyes are applied. The application of each colour done, the fabric is washed. This leads to the fabric being washed a number of times to see that the colours have adhered and do not spread.

There is a fine collection of Kalamkari work Kurtas at Unnati Silks. The elegant contrast borders with floral kalamkari and the designer pallus with brilliant floral patterns. There are handloom cotton Kurtas with a lot of Kalamkari hand painting. For extra colouring effects substances like cow dung, seeds, crushed flowers and plants are also used. The richness of the colours and the use of natural dyes has slowly given way to lesser vibrancy on account of the use of chemical dyes which are easily and abundantly available and have Kalamkaris that have entire themes from epics, nature scenes in fine, sharp detailing that is exquisite.

Outfit Details:

Kurta : Unnati Silks

Click here to see hancrafted sarees and website

Earrings & Mojaris : Pahadganj, New Delhi

Bangles : Local Market

Lip color : Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain, Rustic 008

Hope you guys found it helpful and liked the styling. Thank you for stopping by and reading the post. Stay Tuned for the next…!








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