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Everything about this dress is handmade: the cotton is hand-spun and hand-woven in West Bengal. The fabric is dyed by hand and the beautiful design was put together in the studio of Rias in Jaipur.
Rias is a young fashion label of two designers who are closely involved with weaving families in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Their passion is to keep the ancient weaver's craft alive and to support the families who have elevated the craft to a true art for many generations.
In the seventeenth century, Europea discovered the wonderful, delicate woven cotton from West Bengal (then: Dakha). It was called muslin. At the time, the fabric was woven from an indigenous cotton: Putti Karpas. Unfortunately, this species is extinct.
Muslin was praised and described by poets as "woven air" or "morning mist". Putti Karpas may have been replaced by other species, but the weavers of West Bengal are still unsurpassed in their weaving skills.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 because of the delicate hand weaving.