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The set consists of a smooth dark green sleeveless dress and a matching coat of the same cotton with three-quarter sleeves in honeycomb pattern.
This set is made in the studio of the brand Rias in Jaipur. This young fashion label belongs to two designers who are closely involved with weaving families in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
The weaving communities in this region master many weaving techniques. A tradition that dates back to before our era. In the seventeenth century, Europea discovered the wonderful, gossamer woven cotton from this region. It was called muslin. At the time, the fabric was woven from an indigenous type of cotton: Putti Karpas. Unfortunately, this species is extinct. Muslin was praised and described by poets as "woven air" or "light vapours of dawn." This type of cotton may have been replaced by other types, but the weavers of West Bengal are still unsurpassed in their weaving skills. Today, the finely woven cotton from West Bengal is also called muslin, purely because of its delicate hand weaving.
The motif of the cloak is applied manually with wooden stamps, the so-called handblock print. The hand block printers that Rias works with live and work in Rajasthan, the North-Western part of India.
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