Indian handloom is as old as Indian civilization. The artistry has held relevance across myriad historical and cultural developments, almost mirroring the spirit of the country – a country so diverse in its geographies, it’s no wonder there’s such diversity in its loom, too. A single type of loom takes us back in time and tells us stories of culture, community, craft and so much more. At Tan & Loom we attempt to weave the old to the new, giving you a glimpse into the past.
The millennials' favourite
Most Indian millennials with an eye for fashion are likely familiar with Ikat. But the appeal of ikat, isn’t limited by borders. The bohemian loom has global allure, possibly because of its travels across the world in its long, long existence. It has left its trails across borders from Latin America, Africa, Uzbekistan, Indonesian and India. Some of the oldest specimens date back to 10th century Yemen, and older still, paintings from the 7th century in the Ajanta Caves of Maharashtra display ikat-like textiles. At Tan & Loom, we find inspiration in lively Uzbek-style Ikat as well as from our local ikats. Browse through our collection or if you’re interested in knowing more about the Ikat trails, click here.
The textile with a royal patronage
The Banarasi Brocade originates from the holy city of Varanasi, India and gained prominence in the 17th century during Mughal Emperor Akbar's reign. Distinguished by its intricate zari/metalic thread-work, it is a sought after choice for weddings and festivals in India. Browse through The Potli Project to check out Tan & Loom's signature bucket bags crafted with brocade and leather.
Geometric symbols of aristocracy
India’s Jamdani is a fine muslin fabric that came to the lime-light in the Mughal Periods. More commonly known as the Dhakai Sari it’s a popular saree pick in the Bengali woman’s cupboard, with a long legacy preceding it – back in the 1600s, it was said to be a staple in Jahangir’s closet too. Adorned with motifs said to be of Persian origin, the fabric is often recognized by the same popular motifs including the paisley, geometric floral patterns, lotus, and polka dots amongst a variety of others. Tan & Loom launched its Jamdani motif art collection in 2019 prior to its digital launch, re-creating the symbols into minimalist versions that are hand cut on leather. These bags are available on order only.