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KADHIYAL

ALSO KNOWN AS KORVAI IS A HANDLOOM TECHNIQUE USED TO WEAVE BORDERS WHICH ARE IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE MAIN BODY FABRIC. REQUIRING TWO OR THREE MASTER WEAVERS, AND MANY SHUTTLES, THE BODY WEFT IS PREVENTED FROM RUNNING OVER TO THE BORDER THUS OFFERING A DISTINCT SEPARATION OF THE MAIN BODY FROM THE BORDERS OTHERWISE NOT POSSIBLE.

KADHUA

IS A DISCONTINUOUS BROCADE HANDLOOOM WEAVING TECHNIQUE WHEREBY EVERY MOTIF IS WOVEN INDIVIDUALLY ON THE HANDLOOM. UNLIKE CONTINUOUS BROCADE WHERE THE EXTRA WEFT RUNS ACCROSS THE WIDTH OF THE FABRIC CREATING MOTIFS, AND THEN CUTTING THE FLOATS, KADHUAN DOES NOT HAVE ANY CUTS AS THERE ARE NO FLOATS. THIS HELPS TO ACHIEVE SHARPER MOTIFS AND OFFERS MORE CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES IN COLOUR COMBINATIONS. THE ABSENCE OF CUTS AT THE BACK ALSO MAKES THE FABRIC RELATIVELY MORE COMFORATBLE TO WEAR. THE TIME TAKEN TO WEAVE A KADHUA SAREE IS ANYWHERE BETWEEN 300-700 MAN HOURS DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF COLOURS USED.

KALAMKARI

A STYLE OF DRAWING WITH DYES ON THE FABRIC, TINY FUNNEL TYPE TOOLS ARE USED FOR THIS AND EVERY SARI OR TEXTILE IS ONE OF A KIND AND HAND DRAWN AND IS DONE IN PRIMARILY IN MACHILIPATNAM AREA OF KRISHNA DISTRICT OF ANDHRA PRADESH.

KANTHA

KANTHA IS A TYPE OF EMBROIDERY TYPICAL OF EASTERN SOUTH ASIA, ESPECIALLY IN THE INDIAN STATES OF WEST BENGAL AND ODISHA, AND IN BANGLADESHTHE ENTIRE CLOTH IS COVERED WITH RUNNING STITCHES, EMPLOYING BEAUTIFUL MOTIFS OF FLOWERS, ANIMALS BIRDS AND GEOMETRICAL SHAPES, AS WELL AS THEMES FROM EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES. THE STITCHING ON THE CLOTH GIVES IT A SLIGHT WRINKLED, WAVY EFFECT.

KATAN SILK

KATAN, THE FABRIC USES MULBERRY SILK FOR BOTH THE WARP AND WEFT, MULBERRY BEING THE MOST PROMINENT AND PERHAPS THE FINEST VARITIES OF SILK YARNS USED TO WEAVE SAREES, THE OTHER THREE BEING ERI,MUGA AND TUSSAR. COMPARED TO THE OTHER THREE , MULBERRY IS FINER AND HAS MORE LUSTURE. THE FEEL OF THE FINAL PRODUCT MAY HOWEVER VARY DEPENDING ON THE THICKNESS OF THE YARNS AND THE TWISTING METHOD USED.

KHADI

HAND-SPUN AND HAND-WOVEN FABRIC IS TERMED KHADI. RAW SILK, COTTON OR WOOL IS SPUN INTO YARN ON A CHARKHA (SPINNING WHEEL) AND USED TO CONSTRUCT HANDMADE APPAREL. THIGH REEL KHADI, AN EXCLUSIVE VARIETY OF KHADI, IS MADE FROM YARN THAT IS HAND SPUN ON THE WEAVER’S THIGH.

KORA DUPION

IT IS A WOVEN SILK FABRIC WHICH IS PLAIN AND CRISP. FINE THREAD IN THE WARP AND UNEVEN THREAD IN THE WEFT GIVES A VERY INTERESTING TEXTURE TO THIS FABRIC.

KORA SILK

ALSO KNOWN AS ORGANZA SILK USES RESHAM, I.E PURE UN-DEGUMMED SILK IN THE WARP AND THE WEFT. KORA SILK SAREES ARE EXCLUSIVE, LIGHTWEIGHT & DELICATE. THE YARNS ARE TYPICALLY FINE THUS YEILDING A SHEER LOOK TO THE FINAL PRODUCT.

KOTA

KOTA SAREES POPULARLY KNOWN AS “KOTA DORIA” ARE ALMOST TRANSPARENT SARIS MADE FROM PURE COTTON OR SILK. THIS SARES GETS ITS NAME FROM THE TOWN OF “KOTA” WHERE IT WAS INITIALLY WOVEN. THESE BEAUTIFUL SAREES ARE SOFT TO TOUCH AND HAVE SERRATED EDGES. THEY ARE WOVEN ON TRADITIONAL PIT LOOMS AND THE FABRIC IS WOVEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT HAS AS SQUARE CHECKS PATTERNING. TRADITIONAL KOTA SAREES WERE WOVEN USING A BLEND OF COTTON & SILK. THE COTTON GAVE THE FABRIC ITS STRENGTH AND THE SILK GAVE IT A SHEEN.