Crafts

The kanthas (or quilts) made by layering old sareesand embellished by Muslim women are the inspiration behind modern day Kantha embroidery. The Abakash label used types of run stitches to adorn sarees, scarves, bags, boxes and even diaries.

The Khesh weaving by using new yarn for the warp and old sarees torn into strips for the weft have been a long standing tradition in Birbhum. The Abakash label just used this technique – traditionally restricted to bed covers to fashion sarees and dress fabric.

Ever since Tagore introduced Batik to Santiniketan by indonesian masters, the craft has flourished in the area. The Abakash label specialises in free hand Batik to adorn sarees, scarves, dupattas as well as bedcovers and napkins.

By using traditional forms of tie dye resist, the Abakash label draws inspiration from nature to create scarves, clothes and linen.

Leather accessories are one of the things that Santiniketan is famous for. The Abakash label works with leather, but instead of the traditional embossed designs, it combines leather with fabrics like silk or khesh.

By following a simple criteria of no machine and no polish, the Abakash label fashions trays, hooks, mirrors and even the occassional furniture.