Indian Cotton is All Class

Wherever you are in the world it is probable that you own a garment made from Indian cotton. Indian cotton has been taking all before it, as cheaply manufactured clothing from quality cotton spreads the message globally. India has over 12 million hectares producing cotton, making it the second largest producer in the world. With a large and vibrant textile industry things are looking good on the cotton front. There is even a growing environmental consciousness in the country, which is turning to organic and eco-friendly textiles. Indian cotton is all class, across a range of products.

Cotton a Growth Industry

Indian cotton production is estimated to rise by some 8.1% for the 2018-18 year, according to CITI chairman, Sanjay Jain. Indian cotton is attracting high prices, both domestically and internationally. India is the world’s largest producer of organic cotton, with an annual production of over 75 000 tons. Organic cotton demand is increasing for sanitary products, children’s wares, bedding furnishings, towels, and all types of apparel. People want good healthy fibres against their skin. Indian cotton is all class, when it comes to eco-fashion and homewares. Organic clothing is taking off around the world, in terms of demand and interest.

Branded Cotton is the Place to Be

Customers everywhere are recognising the value of clean and green products, especially around things like clothing. Pesticide free cotton is a safe alternative. Things like modern, globally-available very stylish men’s jackets in Sydney, Paris, London and New York, are attracting plenty of attention in 2018. Indian cotton is all class, when you consider the variety and range of fashions and textiles available globally. These jackets are catering to the corporate market and we are seeing far more bespoke options in this sector. Branded cotton is the place to be for Indian cotton, as it attracts premium prices in the market.

Recognised Premium Cotton Brands

Egyptian Cotton is a good example of branded cotton in the global textile market. Customers, now, recognise that brand as a signifier of top quality cotton. Supima from the United States is a further example of successful cotton branding attracting premium prices. Suvin cotton from Tamil Nadu and Shankar 6 from Gujarat may soon become recognised cotton brands in the very near future. This can only occur if the quality control of Indian cotton producers continues to be emphasised and standardised. India wants its share of the premium cotton market and is actively heading in that direction.

 

 

Creating the Perfect Indian Kitchen

In India we love our food – eating has to be one of our most favourite pastimes. Some succulent and spicy curry with naan bread and rice will make most of my compatriots fulfilled for at least the length of the meal. Certainly the Indian kitchen of old with dirt floor and a fire on the ground, can be considered basic in its structure and form. Still, it did and still does, produce some sensational dishes for a very appreciative one billion, or so, diners, around the country. Despite the continued proliferation of the traditional Indian kitchen, there are more post-millennial Western style kitchens being built in middle class Indian homes.

Building the Perfect Kitchen

These Western style kitchens have been adapted to facilitate more Indian types of cooking and food preparation. This is because, let’s face it, a lot of western style food is fairly dire in terms of taste and spice. The gleaming stainless steel look with benches and surfaces reflecting this commercial type obsession with home cooks pretending to be professional chefs has captured a large chunk of the market. Nevertheless the popularity of Indian restaurants all over the world whether in Sydney, New York, London or Paris, are living proof that Indian chefs can adapt to local palates while also adapting to local expectations from city councils about how Indian food should be prepared.  Indian food can be very labour intensive and so maximum bench space well serves the Indian home cook, as well as our chefs living globally and cooking in the humblest Indian diner, but to the most prestigious Indian restaurants around the world.

Building the perfect kitchen is very much about designing a functional space that best serves what is being created in that space. Exploring international high-quality kitchens renovations websites like www.sydneyrenovationsbathrooms.com.au gives us tips and ideas on how we can improve our kitchens, but then even more importantly, the planning should only be started after consultation with the person who does the majority of the cooking in the home. It is no point building a kitchen that is modelled on a Michelin starred French restaurant’s kitchen and plonking that inside an Indian home. No sir, this would be a travesty of clashing culinary concepts. This would only complicate and confuse the Indian cook at home. Where would he or she roll her chapattis? Where would the tandoor oven be? How would all that rice get cooked?

Questions like these must be answered by the kitchen renovation company before any actual construction work is started. Building the perfect kitchen in India will, of course, be different in Mumbai and different again in Calcutta. The many distinct regions of India have their own cuisines and therefore require quite different cooking facilities. Kitchen renovation designers must be adaptable to the demands of their different customers in different parts of the country. No raita is the same! No mango chutney is alike! And no cook in Southern India is anything like a cook in Northern India.

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Linen Sheets From India Are Status Symbols

The Indian sub-continent (generally core lands of India Pakistan Bangladesh Nepal Bhutan Sri Lanka and the Maldives, more recently referred to as South Asia) has had a long history of involvement in textiles manufacture and production.

Traditionally the textiles industry in India generated huge employment, second only to agriculture and contributes a significant proportion of India’s total exports.

Thousands of fabric weaving factories and textile finishing factories exist across India. Fabrics produced include jute, silk, cotton and wool. Less known but highly valued is linen, used for home textiles in addition to garments.

Production ranges from hand looms to mass manufacturing. Flax fields in northern France supply 60% of the raw materials for the world’s linen, a significant proportion of which is exported to India where it is processed into finished production of items including linen sheets, other home textiles and linen shirts.

According to Bloomberg Business a linen shirt is a status symbol, this is underpinned by the Indian prime Minister’s love of linen kurtas, although the US and Europe remain the biggest markets for linen.

On websites around the planet, and in quality bedding shops in the finest suburban areas in the world’s wealthiest cities, customers can purchase fine French flax woven to specific needs (especially wide, fine and durable) resulting in finished pieces including a range of luxurious linen sheets and table linen, featuring hand-worked drawn thread work and hand-embroidered monograms.

An article in Vogue magazine India www.vogue.in earlier this year reviewed an ongoing exhibition at the Devi Art Foundation entitled ‘Fractured’ where 20 textile artists from varying disciplines reinvent Indian textiles in a modern context and the innovations are something our entire global Indian community can be very proud of.

The Fractured exhibition features form and colour collaborations from diverse artists in various textiles media, and for lovers of lifestyle inspiration, the results are so luxurious as to take our breath away.

One thing is for sure, we Indians can sleep easy when we know our linen sheets have been lovingly crafted by our wonderful artisans – and that the quality is so sound that the sheets and table linen may even last for generations.