The contemporary craftsman

The contemporary craftsman is a lover and a perfectionist.

Craftsmen of the extraordinary and the breathtaking do not come to the trade by chance. They have fallen in love with a material or a technique and have a deep conviction that they can contribute something new, rehabilitate it, give it a new dimension, renew the genre and take it further.

The passion of each craftsman takes on a different 
form and the patterns of their enthusiasm are countless.

For some, it is the quality of the manual work that is important, the precision, the repetition and the beauty of the gesture.

Sometimes, it is the pride of belonging to a tradition, the pleasure of protecting and transmitting savoir-faire or working within an exceptional establishment.

For others, it is the relationship with the material, its physicality and sensual nature, seeing it transform before the eyes, the pleasure of feeling it under their fingers, the pleasure of fashioning it.

For others, it is the proximity with the ultimate truth of the material, the discovery and revelation of its beauty.

Craftsmen of the extraordinary share a fascination

for the infinite possibilities their favorite material offers,

as well as the endless challenges and discoveries that crop up every day.

The love of a trade and work well done is felt in the quality of production. It comes through in the unutterable sense of detail, in the exemplary quality of implementation, in the care given to the finishing touches, bringing the ultimate grace of the small supplement from the soul.

Craftsman’s creativity simultaneously expresses the artistic and the technical. Their aesthetic governs their works, their mastery of the technologies opens new perspectives.

"Striking a balance between ancestral interlacing 
techniques and shape memore technology in innovative fibers..
materializing light through a simple sleight of hand" 
- Luc Druez
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A new frontier, Indian craft

Among the international powers that influence fashion, the Indian craft is unique and rich in its history and religions. The craft traditions are as many in India as much there are cultures. For years the crafts of India were embedded and limited within its rural communities but now the contemporary designers have revived them and given them a new look to present it to the the world.

These designers knew that traditional crafts of India is remaining standstill in this rapidly developing era and it is very important to revive with the current mix of fashion designing. Such designers includes some well known names like: Madhu Jain, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Krishna Mehta, Mona Pali and more. They have made opulent designs using Indian craft traditions and presented in famous fashion weeks at India. These well experienced designers have astonished even to the western audience by promoting Indian craft & culture in their own way. As a result today Indian fashion industry is an international name to reckon with.

Here is because India is a country that is developing 
very fast on every field and it is full of resources 
and knowledge about craftsmanship that really can implement 
and improve the fashion industry.

Some of the famous Indian craft techniques are mentioned below:

Tie-n-Dye: Tie-n-dye is a famous fabric coloration method where parts of fabric is tied with a string or rubberband and rest part is dyed in a color. This method originally came from Rajasthan. Today it is used in various forms and color combinations.

Bandhani: Originated from Rajasthan and Gujarat Bandhani is another method of dyeing technique. In this method fabric is tied in different sections to create patterns.

Bandhani: is another craft that has been contemporized by the designers to present a unique collection.

Block Printing: Gujarat’s another craft technique which is very known among people in India is block printing. Under this method different block of different prints and sizes are created and embossed on fabric.

Phulkari: Phulkari is an ancient tradition of hand embroidery flower patterns from Punjab. It is one of such craft that has remained standstill in India due to rapid development and machine embroidery. Thanks to certain designers who have revived it and kept alive.