Friday, September 19, 2014

My New Collection of Dupioni Silk Fabric


Earlier, I had written a detailed blog on silk dupion fabric which I hope you might have found informative. The following silk fabric are addition to my latest collection which I have put on my etsy fabric store. If you like any of this high quality fabric, then you can directly purchase it from there. Almost all of this lustrous fabric are sold as fat quarters but you can always contact me for custom quantity.

The names of these Indian silk fabric are as per their true colors. There might be some slight color variations which is expected. If you do not find any particular color of this doupioni silk, then it could mean that either it is sold out or not currently available. In that case, please feel free to write me and I will list it for you.

Silk Fabric

Thulian Pink Silk Dupioni

Dupioni Silk Fabric

Asparagus Silk Dupioni

Indian Silk Fabric

Verdigris Turquoise Dupion Silk Fabric

Bridal Silk Fabric

Rust Brown Silk Fabric

Designer Silk Fabrics

Lemon Yellow Silk Dupioni


Silk Dupioni Fabric By The Yard

Magenta Pink Dupioni Fabric


Quilting Fabric

Blue Silk Fabric

Bridesmaid Fabric

Red Dupion Silk Fabric

High End Fabric,

Pearl Biege Silk Dupioni


Dupioni Fabric

Teal Blue Green Dupion Silk Fabric

Luxurious Fabric

Mysterious Black Silk Fabric

Solid Color Fabric

Sunshine Yellow Silk Dupioni


Designer Fabrics

Pigment Green Silk Dupioni

Silk Fat Quarter

Lime Green Silk Dupioni


Dupioni Silk Fabric

Aquamarine Silk Fabric

silk drapery fabric

Periwinkle Dupioni Silk Fabric

Types of Silk

Goldenrod Silk Dupioni


Silk Dupioni

Peacock Blue Dupioni Silk


Silk Dupioni Fabric Yard

Indigo Quilting Fabric

Silk

Olive Silk Fabric


Gray Silk Fabric

Grey Silk Fabric

Indian Silk Fabric

Beige Gold Silk Dupioni

Where to buy silk fabric

Jungle Green Silk Dupioni

Drapery Fabric

Pink Purple Dupioni Fabric


Dupioni Silk Fabric

Electric Blue Dupioni Silk Fabric

Copyright Notice:
All the pictures above are protected under copyrights act. If you intend to use all or any of these images, then please contact me first for my permission. If any of these pictures are published whether digital or in print media without my consent will be considered as infringement of intellectual property rights. Appropriate legal action will be taken in that case. Thank you!



You might also be interested to view my video on ikat upholstery fabric.



Mamta Motiyani
I have a quest for knowledge and often find what I want- but after much struggle and reading encyclopedias! Not everybody wants a thesis! In my blog, you will find quick and easy information without any jargons, technical details or ancient history of that craft. You can find that data all over the Internet, Wikipedia, etc.

My objective is to give you a starting point and quick reference for you to move ahead. If you have still have quench for further knowledge, then you probably know where to look for. If you found this post a little useful and informative, then all you have to do is click like button of Facebook, Pinterest and/or Google+. It really inspires me to write more about such crafts. Thank you for your time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crochet Tank Top A Designer Pattern To Delight Yourself!

 
Crochet Tank Top Pattern
I designed this crochet tank top pattern initially for myself. After much window shopping, I realized that there were very limited choices of oversized tank tops for plus sized women. Being a crochet designer myself, I took this as a small challenge and went ahead to design a tank top for myself!

It's just in the sub-conscious minds of women that they are as overweight, fat or ugly. I like to think that no women is ugly. They just do not know how to look beautiful! This crochet tank top pattern is an effort to prove that all women even plus size women have a right to look attractive.


My Inspiration Behind Making This Crochet Tank Top

 

Crochet Tank Top Pattern
Crochet Tank Top Pattern Purple Blue

I wanted to make a simple design which fitted perfectly to accents the gorgeous curves of a woman & hopefully make them feel beautiful about themselves. I read somewhere that clothes with vertical stripes in a design can make a person look slimmer and taller. Hence, the vertical stripes that forms the major portion of this design. The tank top fashion has been in vogue for very long and always have been the first choice of ladies!

Tank Top Pattern
Crochet Tank Top Pattern Green
There is a short interesting story why I named this tank top as Turquoise Delight. I saw this movie, "Chronicles of Narnia" & really loved the name, "Turkish Delight" so much that it stuck in my mind. When I was thinking about a name for this top, something delight sounded fun. The color of the yarn I used is almost turquoise, so I simply named it "Turquoise Delight".

Crochet Tank Top Pattern
Crochet Tank Top Pattern For Kids Pink

This unique women's tank top is also known as camisole, blouse, pullover, sleeveless shirts, etc. In this designer pattern, you will learn how to crochet tank top with easy to understand step by step instructions along with the video tutorials.
Soon, I will be making lace tank top which will my next crochet project.  I hope you enjoyed this story. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write to me. I always enjoy a little chit chat. :)


If you would like to buy this crochet pattern, then please visit my crochet tank top product page. Thank you!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dupioni Silk: The Great Indian Silk Fabric Tour With Mamta

What is Dupioni Silk?
Dupioni Silk is one of the most versatile type of fabrics available today. It is hand woven or hand spun and identified by its horizontal lines known as slubs caused due to uneven thickness of the warp. It is often blended with 2 colors which gives it a shimmering look.

Indian Silk Fabrics


Because of the handmade nature of this fabric, you will see some occasional irregularities in its look. Dupioni or Dupion is easy to cut material. Unlike other fabric, you can also sew this fabric without any efforts. The texture of this strongest natural fabric is little coarse and rough which also makes it perfect for formal occasion clothing.

As the name suggests, dupion means double or two of a kind. In other words, when two lovely soul mates silkworms come together to spin their cocoon, they produce this aesthetic fabric for you.

Dupioni Silk Fabric

Where is this silk material made?
The obvious answer is wherever there are silkworms! India is the hub of dupioni silk fabric. There are variety of different types of silk. In fact, the term, ‘Ahimsa Silk’ or ‘Peace Silk’ was originated in India. Of course, there are other countries, too like China and Southeast Asia, etc who also make some beautiful silk.

Due to its inherent properties, it is crisp and wrinkle free. That does not mean that you cannot crease it. That is where this fabric will adapt and crease where you want it. Depending upon the origin of the fabric, Dupioni is either lightweight or medium weight fabric.

The best part of this lustrous material is that it is totally reversible which means it can be used both sides. It is an excellent choice for upholstery like making silk curtains, drapery, etc. However, to make the best use of this fabric, a heavy underlining is required so as to protect this natural fabric from direct sunlight.

Silk Fabric


Another magical property of dupioni silk is that it will always reflect a different tone of color depending upon the light source and time of the day. It is almost impossible to capture the true color of this wonderful natural often bright colored fabric. It also gets cool in summer and a little warm in winter.

You may ask: Who Uses This Silk Fabric? My answer would be: Are you serious?! Look around you. Dupioni silk fabric is the first and preferred fabrics for bridesmaid dresses in the western culture. It is the most preferred fabric for wedding gowns or bridal fabric, upholstery, formal clothing, etc.

With all said that, the downside of these fine silk fabric is that it does not have stretchable capability. In fact, you can expect a minor shrinkage if you hand wash this sustainable fabric.

Dupion Silk


Washing Instructions For Silk Material:
Hand wash will soften this fabric but will also tend to remove its coarseness which is its inherent characteristics. The best way to take care of these fabric especially the raw silk is to dry clean it at least for the first time. In that way, this bright colored fabric will maintain its natural luster. On the other hand, art silk can be hand washed. 

Types of silk fabric: There are several varieties of silk available today in the market. In my etsy shop, I sell 3 types of silk:

Raw Silk Fabrics:
It is one of the purest silk fabric. No blending of any other material is used in this type. It is also expensive compared to dupioni and obviously art silk or faux silk fabric. A decent quality pure heavy silk fabric can cost you between $35 to $70 a yard depending upon the fabric count and whether it is Ahimsa Peace Silk or not. 

Dupioni Silk or Dupion:
In general, it is 50% pure silk and 50% is either polyster or cotton material. In short, it is a blended material and also one of the popular silk fabric in my shop. A good quality dupioni silk may cost anything between 12 to 20 dollars a yard.

Dupioni Silk By The Yard


Art Silk/ Faux Silk / Fake Silk:
This kind of fabric gives a silk 'look' but is not a silk. In fact, it is not even blended silk and is very cheap. Many times, the customers who come to my shop confide in me that they bought fabric thinking that it was dupioni or raw silk but it were faux silk. They found it cheap somewhere and to save some dollars got duped. Even Art silk fabric can be put to various types of purposes. It is very cheap and gives excellent lustrous silk look. Some people who don't want to spend a lot usually prefer this fabric. 

Recommended Uses of Dupioni Silk Fabric
It is the best fabric choice of making the following outfits: Bridesmaid gowns or wedding dress, flower girl dress, ball gowns, christening gowns, jackets, skirts, silky blouses, formal suits, silk flowers, etc. It can also be used as upholstery, drapery, curtains, valence/valance, roman shades, window shades, kitchen window treatments, etc. It is also be used as quilt fabric or sewing fabric.


You can also visit my etsy store to buy these beautiful dupioni silk fabric.

Silk Fabric Information by Mamta

Copyright Notice:
All the pictures above are protected under copyrights act. If you intend to use all or any of these images, then please contact me first for my permission. If any of these pictures are published whether digital or in print media without my consent will be considered as infringement of intellectual property rights. Appropriate legal action will be taken in that case. Thank you!

You might also like to view this ikat upholstery fabric video.



Mamta Motiyani
I have a quest for knowledge and often find what I want- but after much struggle and reading encyclopedias! Not everybody wants a thesis! In my blog, you will find quick and easy information without any jargons, technical details or ancient history of that craft. You can find that data all over the Internet, Wikipedia, etc.

My objective is to give you a starting point and quick reference for you to move ahead. If you have still have quench for further knowledge, then you probably know where to look for. If you found this post a little useful and informative, then all you have to do is click like button of Facebook, Pinterest and/or Google+. It really inspires me to write more about such crafts. Thank you for your time.


Friday, May 23, 2014

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Bagh Print: A Unique Fabric Printing Techniques Using Natural Dyes

What Is Bagh Print?


Bagh Print is one of the age old style of Indian Fabric Printing. It is another form of hand printing or hand block printing on fabric, cloth or paper. In this type of printing natural vegetable dyes in the form of plants, flowers, trees, leaves, bark, etc are used. “Bagh” literally means “Garden” in Hindi language. Bagh Print Fabric is pure Indian handloom cotton which is eco-friendly and organic.



Bagh Print


It is made by using natural vegetable dyes and pigments. Natural Dyes such as turmeric roots, madder, beet, mango, pomegranate rinds, madder, saffron, heena, indigo, onion skin are used. Herbs like ' harad' which is botanical name of Terminalia chebula, etc also play an important part in the process. The designs on the fabric created are traditional prints of India. It consists of mostly floral, paisley and geometrical patterns.


Where Bagh Print Is Made?

It is a native print done mainly in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh in India by their rural population. Interestingly, ‘Bagh’ is also the name of the small town in Dhar district where this unique organic fabric is made.


Organic Fabric
Organic Fabric


How Is Bagh Print Different?

Bagh Print is completely different from any other fabric printing techniques like screen printing or digital printing. The designs on fabric are usually one or other kind of motifs which represent nature in one form or the other. There are other print of fabric like Jaali or Jali work which were the intricate designs found in Taj Mahal which is one of the 7 wonders of the world.



Sustainable Fabric
Sustainable Fabric

The method used in making Bagh Print Fabric and Indian Block Print is almost the same. However, in Block Print technique, the dye used is chemical and commercial. In the making of Bagh Print, utmost care is taken to make it only by using natural dyes. The main technique in making of these Bagh Prints is the use of hand carved woodblock print on the fabric.

The entire process is painstaking and labor intensive. It takes approximately 20 days to complete the entire process and get the finished product. It takes time because blocks of wood are sometimes custom made for a specific design. The fabric is dyed, washed repeatedly with hands to ensure that the colors of the fabric are color fast. The end result is worth the time and efforts and the print on cotton is splendid.

Organic Cotton Fabric
Organic Cotton Fabric

Who Makes Bagh Print Fabric?

This fabric is made by the artisans of India residing in rural parts of Madhya Pradesh. It not helps in rural development but is also these people’s major source of income. It is an Organic Fair Trade Fabric. It means the laborers and whoever is involved in this process is paid fairly and properly.


Bagh Print Saree
Bagh Print Saree


Why Use Bagh Print Fabric?

The entire process of making Bagh Print Fabric is Handmade. Due to which, it gives the designs on fabric a subtle irregular look. In other words, there are some characteristic variations in texture and occasional imperfections found in this type of handmade fabric. It actually adds to the beauty and can never be found on machine made or digitally printed fabric.

Bagh Print is non-toxic and allergy free and above all, good for your skin. The advantages are that Bagh Print is an eco-friendly fabric, biodegradable and organic. The natural dyes used to make the fabric is mostly permanent and fade resistant.

This fantastic fabric becomes softer and shiner after every wash due to the vegetable dyes used in it instead of the chemicals. The feeling of wearing or using the environment friendly fabric in itself provides you with immense joy and satisfaction.


Bagh Print
Bagh Print


How To Check the Authenticity of this Bagh Print Fabric?


During the production of bagh print, a special component called Madder lake also known as Alizarin is used in the process of dyeing. If you smell the fabric, you sense a peculiar scent of this natural organic compound. Then, you know that is a genuine bagh print fabric.

Recommended Uses of Bagh Print:

This amazing light weight fabric is suitable for a variety of purposes. Bagh Print Sarees are much sought in India and worn by women who are aware of its organic properties of such cloth material. The fabric can be used for garments, making curtains, upholstery, etc. It can also be used for quilting, sewing, scrap booking and other craft projects.

Bagh Print Fabric
Bagh Print Fabric Vegetable Dyes

If You Want to buy these fabric, You Check Out Some Of The Unique Bagh Fabric Which I Have In My Shop.

Copyright Notice:
All the pictures above are protected under copyrights act. If you intend to use all or any of these images, then please contact me first for my permission. If any of these pictures are published whether digital or in print media without my consent will be considered as infringement of intellectual property rights. Appropriate legal action will be taken in that case. Thank you!

Mamta Motiyani

My Style, My Way..

I have a quest for knowledge and often find what I want to know- but after much struggle and reading encyclopedias! Not everybody wants a thesis! In my blog, you will find quick and easy information without any jargon, technical details or detailed history of that craft. You can always find that data all over the Internet, Wikipedia, etc.

My objective is to give you a starting point and quick reference for you to move ahead. If you have still have quench for further knowledge, then you probably know where to look for.

If you found this post a little useful and informative, then all you have to do is click Share button of Facebook, Pinterest and/or Google+. It really inspires me to write more about such crafts. Thank you for your time.





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