Weaving has come a long way today. Ikat weaves are used with Morrocan prints, Chanderi silk weaves are used for Chinese jackets and the malkha process of handling cotton gently has been used with plaid. Many designers are giving traditional weaving a contemporary look.
Innovation with even the most traditional techniques like weaving can make entirely new designs. Designers are looking forward to match this traditional technique with styles that are modern, edgy and new age.
Undoubtedly, using these traditional techniques can be risky but not experimenting with designs and techniques can be dull. For example, Indian designer Dev R Nil used original ikat weaves through Moroccan prints on a variety of western silhouettes and the result was fabulous.
Chhaya Mehrotra on a visit to Varanasi was inspired by Banarasi silk and used this to create a collection with this Banarasi silk and brocades. She felt that it was essential to try out something new than be predictable. Her collection was an amalgamation of Banarasi silk with prints on pants, skirts and trousers, which ended up looking beautiful.
Typically weaves are used independently but designer Urvashi Kaur also innovated with these traditional weaves to give it a contemporary look in her newest pret line which was inspired by the nomads of Xinxang province in China. She wanted to create fusion wear with a blend of natural cottons such as malkha and khamir, ecru cotton, linens, natural jute and traditional handlooms like chanderi with Chinese influenced silhouettes. She believes that the oriental necklines, palazzos, sleeves, crop tops, jumpsuits, wrap dresses and oversized sleeves look very interesting with traditional weaves.
Kaur further mentions that innovating with weaves has also led to the initiation of using weaves with plaid and denim which gives outfits a contemporary touch on a primarily ethnic technique.
Whereas, designer Deepika Govind is using contemporary techniques on traditional fabrics and believes that this fusion is extremely exciting for her creations. She mentions that fabrics such as eri and muga have a strong appeal and when one leaves these fabrics as they are its always safe but experimenting with this fabric through embellishments and embroidery can lead to stunning pieces.
This fusion with Indian weaves looks cutting-edge with western cuts as seen in tunics and dresses.