Style your Winters with Woolen Fabrics

When we hear winters, one thing that comes to our mind is woolen. Woolen clothes have been our saviour against the frost biting winters since many ages. Winter fashion has always been very exciting. Full of exuberance, mesmerising colors and most importantly, full of life. Another thing that excites people about the woolen clothes is the color combination. You wear dark, you wear light any color and any color combination goes exciting with the woolen fabrics.

woolen fabric by yard

We have been speaking about woolen fabrics for a while, but have we ever thought of the time when these woolen came into existence? If one reads through the historical books and other available resources, it was the Neolithic men who discovered the concept of wool. These men are accredited with the discovery of wool by yard. Various different tools were made by them to make their woolen fabrics. However, it was in the Babylonian era that the wool found its full shape. The woolen coats and jackets that we use today, are to be credited to the Babylonians. They brought the woolen fabric in fashionable outfits in around 4000 B.C. and gave us a reason to enjoy our winter styles.

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Wool or woolens have become a hot material for trade. The geographic and climatic conditions of several countries compel them to want more and more wool. And therefore, countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have emerged as the highest exporters of wool fabrics to various nations all around the world. It is no surprise that these countries have high breedings of livestock. 

Since our childhood, we were taught that sheep is the primary source of wool for woolen fabric. However, considering sheep as the ‘only’ source of wool would be wrong. Other livestock animals like camels, goats etc.. The process to extract wool is very exciting and tedious as well. It is usually done using two methods namely, Shearing, where the hair or the wool of the sheep are sheared only once a year and this is usually done during the springtime. The second one is Grading and sorting wherein, the hair or the fleece or the wool is graded into different types of fibers and is then again sorted into a different quality of fibers. 


Emergence of Ikat Fabric

One thing that every person be it of any age or size or gender loves is fashion. Everyone wants to match their styles with the fashion statements in vogue. Some may like a simple fashion and some may like designs and patterns. When it comes to designs and patterns, one thing is printed fabrics. However, another famous designer fashion is the Ikat or Ikkat. This is a method of fabrics being dyed in different glittering and beautiful colours. of dyeing usually done on silk or cotton fabrics which results in fabric bathed in beautiful and glittered colour patterns.

Ikat Fabrics

Ikat fabrics involve a tiring and exhausting process where the yarns or threads of different fabrics are first dyed up in different colours followed by a process of drying them up. Then these dried threads are separated and combined with different other threads which are dyed up in different colours to make one single fabric. The process seems to resemble the process of Tie and Dye however they are poles apart from each other. In Ikat process, the yarns or the threads are weaved into fabrics at a later stage. The Ikat fabrics have their origins from the state of Odisha and are most popular to make sarees.

If one is to trace the history of the Ikat process, one can find that the Ikat have their origins in India and more prominently in Odisha. Odisha is considered to be the home of Ikat Fabrics.

Ikat Fabrics by the yard

Ikat fabrics are best known for sarees. These fabrics are usually woven to make beautiful designer sarees which are exported all throughout the world. Ikat fabrics are usually made through three types of processes, that being Wrap Ikat or the single ikat, weft ikat and the double ikat.

Ikkat cotton fabrics have had their demand rising manifolds in the past many years. It was first in the 12th century that this technique began to make its mark however it lost its midas touch in between. However, now in the present scenario again the Ikkat fabrics have seen a high demand all throughout the world. Not only in India, but Ikkat has been seeing a high demand from various other countries as well.