Thursday, August 31, 2006

Caught among cottons

Lots of cottons in prints like florals, paisleys, kids prints, blocks, chikan work, applique (Ideal for quilting) surround me as i walk through the fabric hub markets of India on my visit there this month.

Whats exciting is that they are priced so cheap,and they are available just 1 yard onwards.
In India, cottons are the staple fabric, and can be found just about anywhere, even if its not the biggest fabric market you are standing in.
Its because the weather in India makes cotton the ideal fabric for just about anything from shirts to tops to beddings and furnishings.

Its a fabric that allows your skin to breathe unlike polyesters and acrylics which wrap you r skin like bubble packaging.

In fact,India has so much cotton to offer that i hear form people in China that even the biggest textile mills there order their base cotton yarn from India at times,for both reasons-that its cheaper in India and that its better in India.

So,whats to stop you from getting yours the next time that quilting or crafts project comes to mind,or if its just the unexpected heat of California/NewYork you're trying to escape.
Especially,since the fabric actually makes any garment look beautiful and that too at such as low cost.

So,go get some and if you dont know how,ask me and i'll give you the source for some of the best cottons for your quitling or crafts or fashion/apparell project.A source that sells 1 yard onwards, is flexible about sending samples, lets you pay locally in your country and can offer some of the most enticing fabrics.

Go work on it first if you want it bad (:

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Silk dupioni-the versatile fabric

Dupioni is a fabric that wins hands down when it comes to versatility of use.
Not only does it make an excellent fabric for use in high-fashion apparel, but also works wonders as drapery, upholstery, cushion-making etc.

Silk dupioni comes in various kinds.
In India, there are several kinds of silk dupioni on offer.
There is the handloom and the powerloom variety for instance.The handloom dupioni when made using India silk yarn, produces a fabric which is highly slubbed and irregular in its texture.
Just the way traditional silk dupioni always was.
The handloom dupioni made from Chinese yarn is smoother.
The dupioni made on powerlooms using chinese yarns is the smoothest, sometimes making it hard to spot the characteristic slubs.
And finally powerloom dupioni can also be made using Indian yarns,in which case the slubbed effect is higher than in fabric spun out of Indian yarn.
India has a myriad of silk to offer and in Indian dupioni alone one can find endless solors, patterns, embroideries, jacquards, and prints.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lots of winter fashion fabrics

With the fall season around the corner, expect lots of fleece, faux furs, crochet knits, boiled-wools, and other knit fabrics for women, and lots of woolen suitings for men.Blends of poly-wool, alongwith wool-finish fabrics are in.
They make a classy statement,along with not costing the earth.

India has always been strong in natural fibers such as wool and knits,and there's lots to choose from there.
Lots of vendors in the Northern part of India offer a vast selection of knits, fleece,woolens and lots more.

Some even provide retail quantities from 1 yard onwards with shipping not costing you more than $8-10 per package of 2.20 pounds weight.

Thats a steal,especially when you can pay online (Paypal), or with USA checks/orders/money transfers OR simply in cash at your doorstep.

This is something being coined as retail imports by some,except without the hassels of import--no customs, no duties, no ports, no documentation.JUST THE FABRICS delivered to you at you doorstep.
Its actually plain simple e-commerce.

BUT, a word of caution though-trust only vendors with reliability, and a past record of successful customer-relations.
Also,look for vendors who have give you the advantages of local payments, local contact, and YET--Global prices,even without the quantities.

That word--QUANTITY is actually quite an easy word to HATE.
When you're buying in volumes,quantities are to your advantage.
BUT what if you want to buy without worrying about HOW MUCH to buy.

What if its only a yard or 10 yards of fabric or anything you need.
Thats when you turn to a vendor who says:


One such online fabrics store is

They provide fabrics sourced from INDIA, CHINA & the rest of Asia.

-They have no minimums
-Sampling is FREE
-Delivery is fast
-Shipping is LOW
-Locally contactable in USA/Canada
1-877-294-7111 (USA / Canada Toll-Free)

GO ON, Splurge on beautiful cottons, silks, furs, prints, embroideries, jacquards, knits, drapery, tassels, trims,and Terry-towels.

More coming soon on the latest in knit fabrics sourced from India.