Khadi Fabric

Khadi Fabric

April 18 2020
Khadi is a type of fabric that is hand-woven and hand-spun by localized artisans all over south Asia, in countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The word ‘Khadi’ is borrowed from the Hindi word  ‘Khaddar’, which is the regional term for the fabric. This fabric is usually fathe fashioned out of the natural cotton fibre but is occasionally devised out of silk and wool as well. Khadi is acknowledged for its irregular, rugged texture along with a comforting caress. More practically, the fabric also has the potential to adapt according to seasons, like keep the body warm during winter and cool during summer. 
Organic cotton

Organic cotton

April 18 2020

Originating in Kutch, ‘Kala’ cotton is the original pure cotton, ‘old world’ cotton of India. The encouraging production of cotton and its initiative helps sustainable textile production, while also preserving agriculture and artisanal livelihoods in the region of Kutch.


Kala cotton is indigenous to Kutch, and is also organic grown without any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, preventing their use and making the production defaulty organic.  It is purely rain-fed crop used, which allows it to have a high tolerance to natural diseases and pests, which requires minimal investment and interventions. 

Jamdani Weaving

Jamdani Weaving

April 18 2020
Jamdani is a fine muslin fabric handwoven using cotton. The weaving uses supplementary weft technique, which involves producing artistic motifs using weft. Unlike other forms of designing, the desired patterns are not sketched onto the fabric. It is instead drawn on a graph paper and then used under the fabric as a guide. Jamdani woven fabric is usually grey or white, sometimes with a combination of gold as well. The end result is extremely light, almost feeling weightless to the skin. The Jamdani weaving is a symbol of identity, dignity and pride that Jamdani weavers take, in their heritage and culture. 
Ajrak Block Printing

Ajrak Block Printing

April 13 2020

 At Crow, we believe in bracing our roots and using the traditional techniques and craftsmanship of our local artisans in textile making. These local artisans weave the richness of our culture into our clothes. 

 Ajrak is a form of ancient Indian printing that is traditionally hand block-printed using the resist-dye method, through eco-friendly natural dyes. Ajrak has been long established by the Khatri community of the Kutch desert in Gujarat. Ajrak textile prints have acted as an interpretive role in Sindhi nationalism, keeping the old tradition of block printing alive. It is distinguished with complex geometrical and floral patterns, expressed through bichrome colours of red and black usually. 

Hand Block Printing.

Hand Block Printing.

April 10 2020

For around 500 years now, the beautiful craftsmanship of ‘Hand Block Printing’ has been practised in India, concentrated in the royal capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. Indian artists have practised and mastered the art of block printing by utilising naturally sourced plant dyes, particularly with eco-friendly mordants, which aids in attaching a dye to a material.

Another art of printing that Jaipur lovingly practises is known as ‘Dabu’, which involves block printing that is mud resistant. Therefore, areas of a particular design are purposely omitted and reserved from the natural dyes like kashish for grey-brown, indigo, hues like yellow, red derived from natural sources like pomegranate creating beautiful stencil-like designs. 

Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes

January 26 2020

The textile traditions of India are a collection of diverse techniques and methods of weaving, dyeing, and processing. Each of these activities becoming a craft practice in themselves arrived at after years of development; the tricks of the trade often passed down by word of mouth as closely guarded secrets within craft communities. Colour dyeing is one such integral part of the textile manufacturing process in the subcontinent of India.