Ministry of Women & Child Development

PITARA : Conversations – Hamari Baat

International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year, after the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace in 1977.


It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to division, whether national, ethnic linguistic, cultural economic or political.

*Sources: UN & Wikipedia

Inauguration of Mahila E-Haat on the eve of Women's Day, is aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs, by providing them with an online marketing platform for showcasing their products and strengthening their inclusion in the economy.

Poem

Free will

“Like all beings
You too were born
With a FREE WILL
To choose, to decide
To lead your life
Yet you did not do so
You gave away …
Your Free will
And suffered in Silence
Now, shed all hesitation
Awake, arise, empower yourself
Break free,
Be who you are
What you are,
Earn your dignity,
your self esteem
Come enjoy
Your gift of life.”

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THE LURE OF INDIGO

There’s a magnetic lure to an indigo-white creation.

When creations in indigo and white are a rage, a look at the slow process of using natural, plant-based indigo and its merits over the chemical dye becomes a fascinating topic of interest.

Designers are constantly working on it nationally and globally. The retail players peddle hard-to-resist indigo collections. An outfit is purchased, worn and there’s no dearth of compliments. The magic stays until the fabric is put to wash. Then begin the doubts: The colour runs, and runs some more, with each wash. None of the DIY Do It Yourself tips help. At times, one doesn’t have to wait till the fabric is washed.

The bitter truth lies in the retail sector using synthetic, chemical indigo.

Those who painstakingly work with natural dyes have a difficult time in comparison to the chemical indigo. Due to a lack of knowledge consumers are being taken for a ride. Synthetic indigo, from a chemical source, is less expensive compared to the plant-based one.

Till recent years Kadapa boasted of a large indigo farm. “A foreigner purchased the farm and the farmer has now turned a realtor."This is the irony of the Indigo.

A kilo of plant-based indigo, in cake form, costs up to Rs. 2000.

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THE ETERNAL SARIS

Perhaps the most popular traditional Indian garment is the saree which is made using many distinctive textiles, fabrics, colours, patterns, motifs, designs and precious zari, bead & stone work, etc.

No matter what your individual style maybe, you are sure to find a beautiful sari that will match your taste, given the large collection of stunning Indian sarees available in India. And the best part, saris can be worn at almost all occasions be it weddings, formal parties, family get togethers and more!

Let's take a look at some different varieties of fabrics used to make saris in India -

1. Cotton Saris - Cotton saris are evergreen sarees which never go out of style, especially in those parts of India where the heat becomes unbearable in the summer months. Light, airy and comfortable, cotton saris are woven in almost all parts of the country.

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Embroidered Kerala cotton Saree made by rural women from West Bengal

2. Silk Saris - Heavy silk sarees are very popular in India and are especially worn by women while attending special occasions such as weddings, etc. There are many d...Read more

INDIAN HANDWOVEN FABRICS

The fineness of the Indian hand woven fabrics has been well known since time immemorial.

Historical Evidence :- Though India was famous even in ancient times as an exporter of textiles to most parts of the civilized world, few actual fabrics of the early dyed or printed cottons have survived. This, it is explained is due to a hot, moist climate and the existence of the monsoons in India. It is not surprising therefore, that Egypt which has an exceptionally dry climate would provide evidence which India lacks. The earliest Indian fragment of cloth (before the Christian era) with a hansa (swan) design was excavated from a site near Cairo where the hot dry sand of the desert acted as a preservative.

Later, fragments of finely woven and madder-dyed cotton fabrics and shuttles were found at some of the excavated sites of Mohenjodaro (Indus valley civilization). Indian floral prints, dating back to the 18th century A.D were discovered by Sir Aurel Stein in the icy waters of Central Asia. The evidence shows that of all the arts and crafts of India, traditional handloom textiles are probably the oldest.

Handlooms The Largest Cottage Industry :-  Handlooms are an important craft product and comprise the largest cottage industry of the country. Millions o...Read more

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HANDLOOM

India is home to a plethora of handlooms, weaves and handicrafts. While these are arts and crafts that are always in danger of succumbing to modern technology and getting buried under a sea of faster, quicker methods to manufacture; there are several that still survive and thrive. It’s a different feeling of owning a material that has been carefully put together and woven, and these seven ethic weaves, produced indigenously, have a particularly special feel about them. Take a look at a few before you shop for your next material.

1. BOMKAI HANDLOOM

Where it's from: Subarnapur, Orissa

What you need to know: The starring feature of this gorgeous weave is the thread-work ornament borders that they use to make saris. The thread count is low, but the material is very popular because of the patterns created on it and the bright colors that it is dyed in. Often, patterns are woven in the material in contrasting colors, making the material stand out more than usual. Still wondering, whether the weave is for you? Well, it’s a weave that’s super popular amongst celebrities, so it’s probably time you give it a try.

2. MANGALAGIRI COTTON

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HANDICRAFTS

Handicrafts commonly refer to handmade crafts or artisanry. Skilled people create varied types of items starting from consumer goods to decorative pieces out of paper, wood, clay, shells, rock, stone, metal, etc. with the help of simple tools. These kinds of items are called handicrafts owing to the fact that these crafted items are solely handmade without or minimal usage of any machine.

Are handicrafts popular in India?

India is known for its ethnicity. As far as art and culture is concerned, India features amongst the culturally rich countries in the world. The country is fortunate enough to possess some highly skilled artisans. They have increased the fame of Indian handicrafts around the globe. Many rural people still earn their livelihood from their creative pieces of art.

Different kinds of Handicrafts in India

India is a manufacturing hub of varied kinds of handicrafts, which are popular even in international markets. The most known form of handicrafts in India, are discussed below:

Bamboo Handicrafts: Being a producer of bamboo, handicrafts made from bamboo are one of the eco-friendly crafts in India. Utilitarian objects like trays, baskets, stylish furniture, etc.are also made from bamboo & cane .

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