KATHPUTLI - CHOLI
Hum sab toh rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jinki dor uparwale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hain. Kab kaun kaise uthega ye koi nahin bata sakta hai ... eternally in awe of Gulzar & the confluence of Handlooms & Handmade in India - Bandhani Gharchola from Gujarat. Kanjivaram from Tamil Nadu. Kathputli from Rajasthan & inspiration from Gulzar! Do you need any more reasons to wear this?
We work with Handlooms & all our products are Handcrafted with love by our talented artisans & masters. Since our making process is entirely by hand, slight aberrations in textile, printing, painting, embroidery and sewing are bound to happen and cannot be considered as “damaged.” No two pieces will be alike in anything Handmade & that makes each piece unique.
While we photograph only in natural light and try our best to make sure that the colours shown on our website are accurate, actual colours may vary a little. The precise colour of the product may vary due to colour variability in computers, laptops, screen monitors, mobiles, tablets and or other devices screen peculiarities or resolution. We try to give as many colour choices as possible per design & give you actual product swatches as colour options on our website. Please be aware that we will not be responsible if the colour is not what you expected it to be at the time of purchase. Because all our products are custom made and cannot be returned for reasons of colour, please make sure that you understand that colour variations are possible from our photography of the actual products.
We share our standard size chart for all our products on our website. All our stitched products come with extra margin & stitches should you need to alter this. We also offer unstitched fabric with artwork appliqued for most of our designs as an option. We stitch as per your unique order that is a combination of Design, Fabric, Colour, Sleeves or Sleeveless so it is a custom made for you & cannot be returned for reasons of wrong size.
Care for Fabrics:
- Preferably always dry clean. Or, gentle hand wash in cold water.
- Do not machine wash.
- Do not soak in water.
- Always dry in shade.
- Never use detergents or chemicals on the painting/embroidery/screen printing.
- Always iron the painting/embroidery/screen printing inside out.
Care for all other Materials:
- Preferably always gentle clean with a dry wipe.
- Do not soak in water.
- Never use detergents or chemicals on the painting/screen printing.
“Hum sab toh rangmanch ki kathputliyan hain jinki dor uparwale ki ungliyon mein bandhi hain. Kab kaun kaise uthega ye koi nahin bata sakta hai”
A powerful dialogue by none other than Gulzar in Anand (1971) that conveys the hand & will of God in our lives - God being the Master Puppeteer & us mere mortals being the Puppets playing to his strings! An imagination so vivid as only Gulzar can that deservedly won him a Filmfare in 1972.
Kathputli is a string puppet theatre, native to Rajasthan, India, and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Being a string marionette, it is controlled by a single string that passes it from the top of the puppet over the puppeteers.
Kathputli is a joining of two Rajasthani language words; Kath meaning wood and Putli meaning a doll. Hence, Kathputli means a puppet which is made entirely from wood.
Kathputli art tradition is more than thousands years old. One finds its reference in Rajasthani folk tales, ballads and sometimes even in folk songs. No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the Kathputlis. It is believed that somewhere 1500 years ago, tribal Rajasthani Bhat community started the use of Kathputli as string marionette art and it is in their love for tradition that art of Kathputli survived the test of time. Kathputli art might have originated from present day Nagaur and surrounding areas.
Presenting “Kathputli” a beautiful confluence of the traditional Gharchola from Gujarat, Kanjivaram from Tamilnadu & Kathputli art from Rajasthan. A must have in your wardrobe to mix & match with any of your traditional festive wear saris. Wear it to a wedding or a puja or any function & be sure that heads will turn!
Material: Pure cotton gharchola with handmade bandhani in 2 beautiful shades of Red & Bottle Green.
Border is pure vintage Kanjivaram silk with Kuyilkannu & broad supporting motifs in pure zari.
The detachable colorful tassles are handmade wooden & cloth Kathputlis.
Please note that colours and tones shown here are as close to the original as possible. Small variations may occur due to light, individual screen peculiarities or resolution.
Sizes: The choli comes in standard ready to wear sizes 34 to 48 with a 2 inch margin inside for alterations.
Delivery: This limited edition choli will be dispatched within 2-3 weeks of confirmed order with payment.
Care instructions: Preferably always dry clean. Or, gentle hand wash in cold water. Do not machine wash. Do not soak in water. Always dry in shade.