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Khesh

Most of the designs you wear from Prathaa has a story and here's your Khesh story ...

In Jan 2016, team Prathaa decided to travel to Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. It’s in the small town of Bolpur. It was here that Rabindranath Tagore established the Visva-Bharati University to promote a more liberated form of education. That’s how Shantiniketan became the seat of art and culture.

The objective of our visit was an in-depth study of the various forms of weaves. We spent over a week with the weavers and artisans - lived and shared their lives. Inspired and motivated by their hard work and artistry, the team got involved in the creation process too…

It was in Birbhum we stumbled upon Khesh weaving - a tradition which has been practiced for years. The weaving technique essentially involves tearing old sarees into thin strips - the warp has the new thread and the weft uses the thin strips of sarees. The weavers collect cotton sarees and it is the women who patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. It is up to the weaver to match the warp with the weft and create designs. The beauty of a Khesh fabric is that the colour of the recycled weft fabric keeps changing, sometimes even within a single meter of fabric and that precisely is the uniqueness of this fabric. These handloom cotton fabrics are hand woven and the asymmetry/ irregularities in the weaves makes them exclusive.

Saree - Khesh Skirt Saree - Prathaa
Rs. 3,090.00
Description : This beautiful khesh saree is the pure message of sustainability. It is to be worn as a skirt and the pallu can be draped as per your liking. The saree can be styled in so many different ways. It is so easy to wear and is must-have to add to your wardrobe ! Styling Tip : Style this saree with any printed blouse. Dress it up with oxidized jewellery. Complete your ensemble with flats. Specifications : Fabric 100% Cotton Weave Khesh Weaving Color Available in all colors Occasion Festive/Casual Care Instructions Dry Clean Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven fabrics. Each piece of fabric that creates your garments tells the life story of the artisans through their handwork, and also contributes to reviving the art by being a positive force towards maintaining their livelihood. The handloom Khesh weave has been very...
Description : This beautiful khesh saree is the pure message of sustainability. It is to be worn as a skirt...
Royal Blue Khesh Maxi Dress
Rs. 2,790.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This vibrant blue maxi dress is made from Khesh, an upcycled fabric. The silhouette of the dress is mermaid cut. The pattern has a playful array of stripes. The Khesh weaving has warp in a new yarn and weft is with strips of thin cloth obtained by tearing old sarees length wise. Styling tip : Style this dress with white sneakers and dress it up jewelry. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Royal Blue Neck V-Neck Sleeve Type Sleeveless Sleeve Length - Garment Type Mermaid Dress Garment Length 50’’ Closure - Fit Regular Fit Pattern Stripes Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven fabrics. Each piece of fabric that creates your garments tells the life story of the artisans through their...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This vibrant blue maxi dress is made from Khesh, an...
Maroon and Black Khesh Dress
Rs. 3,090.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This chic spaghetti dress has the most perfect casual boho theme. It is made of Maroon and Black Khesh, an upcycled fabric. Fine gathers extend from the stripe paneled yoke. The dress is embellished with buttons and beaded brooches. Upcycling is the basic philosophy of this weave in which the warp is with new cotton yarn and the weft is with strips of thin recycled cotton sarees. Styling tip : Style this dress with boots. Accessorize it with wooden bracelets and earrings. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Maroon and Black Neck Round Sleeve Type Spaghetti straps Sleeve Length - Garment Type Gathered Dress Garment Length 38’’ Closure - Fit Regular Fit Pattern Stripes Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven fabrics. Each piece...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This chic spaghetti dress has the most perfect casual boho theme....
Pink and Indigo Patchwork Angrakha Top
Rs. 2,990.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Angrakha top is an amalgamation of pre-retail scrap fabrics. It comes together as a bright and animated tie top. It has zig zag hand block detailing on the slit sleeve and edges. The garment is made from pink handloom, pink khesh and Hand block indigo camel print. Styling tip : Style this garment with denim shorts and sneakers for a striking look. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Multi Color Neck V-Neck Sleeve Type Three Fourth Sleeves Sleeve Length 16’’ Garment Type Angrakha Top Garment Length 24’’ Closure Tie Up Fit Regular Fit Pattern Patchwork Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S This Patchwork collection is a sustainable initiative to use pre-retail scrap to create garments. Prathaa started this initiative with the long term purpose of reaching a Zero Waste workspace. The artists and...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Angrakha top is an amalgamation of pre-retail scrap fabrics....
Orange Khesh Kaftan Top with Indigo Hand Block Border
Rs. 2,790.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Kaftan uses the textile upcycling concept and is a combination of vivid and lively. It can be teamed in unique styles and also can be used as a layer over a number of garments. A hand block indigo border extends from the neckline and also trails along the asymmetric hemline. Subtle piping and borders add more detailing to the garment. Styling tip : Style this garment over a turtle neck long sleeves top and a knee length pencil skirt. Accessorize it long dangles and comfortable footwear. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Orange Neck V-Neck Sleeve Type Cape Sleeves Sleeve Length - Garment Type Kaftan Garment Length 30’’ Closure - Fit Regular Fit Pattern Stripes Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Kaftan uses the textile upcycling concept and is a...
Tri Color Long Kaftan
Rs. 3,690.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Loose Fit Description : This color block kaftan is colorful and bright. It can be teamed effortlessly as a comfortable layer over any garment. It falls loose from the shoulders to the calf. The kaftan has an indigo hand block print border extending from the neck and subtle piping and border detailing in mango yellow and royal blue. Tri color orange Upcycled Khesh fabric has been used to achieve this garment. The different shades of orange give it a rare and off beat edge.   Styling tip : Style this garment over a body con dress. Secure it with a waist belt for styling and comfort. Dress it up with jewelry and boho sandals for a distinct ensemble. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Orange Neck V-Neck Sleeve Type Cape Sleeves Sleeve Length - Garment Type Loose Kaftan Garment Length 40’’ Closure - Fit Loose...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Loose Fit Description : This color block kaftan is colorful and bright. It can...
Reversible Patchwork Straight Skirt
Rs. 3,390.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Reversible straight skirt is made up of a number of fabrics – Handloom, Handblock, Ikatt and Khesh patched together in geometric shapes. The skirt can been worn both sides. It has a slit extending from the knee. The skirt also comes with a pocket. It can also be styled with the Reversible jacket dress from this collection. Pre-retail scrap has been upcycled aesthetically to create this one of a kind and unconventional piece. Styling tip : Style this skirt with a white casual shirt. Pump it up with boots and jewelry. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Multi Color Neck - Sleeve Type - Sleeve Length - Garment Type Straight Skirt Garment Length 41’’ Closure - Fit Regular Pattern Patchwork Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S This Patchwork collection is a sustainable initiative to...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Reversible straight skirt is made up of a number...
Maroon Khesh Dhoti With Patch Pocket
Rs. 2,890.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Maroon Dhoti is made from an upcycled  fabric called “Khesh”. The ix of the straight leg and Dhoti fall on the other adds to the fun element. It has a side opening with zip and hook. The kalamkari detailing beautifully enhances the beauty of this design. Prathaa aims to reach a zero-waste workspace by inculcating the idea of Textile upcycling and reusing. Styling tip : Style this garment with a black crop top and heels for a casual outing. Accessorize it with chic jewellery of your choice. Specifications :           Fabric 100% Cotton Color Maroon Neck - Sleeve Type - Sleeve Length - Garment Type Loose Dhoti Garment Length 39’’ Closure Side Zip Fit Regular Pattern Patchwork Season All Season Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Maroon Dhoti is made from an upcycled  fabric called...
Dress - White Shirt Dress With Bindi Motifs and Red Khesh Slip - Prathaa
Rs. 3,890.00
Key Features : Signature Bindi Collection. Jamdani fabric with bindi motif. Regular fit. Description : An A-line shirt dress in white with red bindi motif. This sheer dress comes with a red khesh slip dress to pair it with. Shirt dresses are known to be timeless. This dress is particularly charming because of the translucence of the fabric and the unique elements of this dress that display the 70’s with a twist. Styling tip : Style this dress with sneakers and oversized hoops for a casual look. Specifications :           Fabric Jamdani Cotton Color White and Red Neck Chelsea collar Sleeve Type Sleeveless Sleeve Length - Garment Type Midi dress Garment Length 40’’ Closure Front buttons Fit Regular Pattern Signature bindi motif Season All Seasons Occasion Casual             Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Jamdani is a discontinuous weft technique of weaving. The motifs are inlaid into the fabric when the...
Key Features : Signature Bindi Collection. Jamdani fabric with bindi motif. Regular fit. Description : An A-line shirt dress in...
Bottom - Black Khesh Maxi Skirt - Prathaa
Rs. 2,090.00
Key Features: Khesh Fabric Regular fit Description: An A-line black maxi khesh skirt with stripes. The skirt has pockets on the side. The Khesh weaving technique essentially involves tearing old sarees into thin strips - the warp has the new thread and the weft uses the thin strips of sarees. The beauty of a Khesh fabric is that the colour of the recycled weft fabric keeps changing, sometimes even within a single meter of fabric and that precisely is the uniqueness of this fabric. These handloom cotton fabrics are hand woven and the asymmetry/ irregularities in the weaves makes them exclusive. Styling Tip : This black khesh maxi skirt has vertical stripes that complement the length of the garment. It is versatile and can be worn with ethnic kurtis, regular tops or crop tops. Specifications:            Fabric Cotton Colour Black Design Skirt Dress Length 40’’ Fit Regular Pattern Stripes Pockets 2 Season...
Key Features: Khesh Fabric Regular fit Description: An A-line black maxi khesh skirt with stripes. The skirt has pockets on...
Bottom - Grey Khesh Dhoti with pink pom-pom border - Prathaa
Rs. 2,490.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Regular fit Description: A grey khesh stripes dhoti with pink pom-pom lace at the border. This dhoti can be worn with a crop top or a short tunic and with a pair of sneakers. Specifications:            Fabric Khadi Colour Off-White Design Dhoti Pants Dress Length 38’’ Fit Regular Pattern Solid Pockets 1 Season All Seasons Occasion Casual   Model Stats: Model is wearing size S Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven fabrics. Each piece of fabric that creates your garments tells the life story of the artisans through their handwork, and also contributes to reviving the art by being a positive force towards maintaining their livelihood. The handloom Khesh weave has been very close to our hearts building our sustainability story stronger. The exploration and understanding started when the team visited West Bengal’s Birbhum district. The weavers there collect cotton saree’s...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Regular fit Description: A grey khesh stripes dhoti with pink pom-pom lace at the border. This dhoti...
Blouse - Grey and orange khesh box sleeve blouse - Prathaa
Rs. 2,390.00
Key Features: Made from handloom Khesh. Regular fit.   Description: A grey and orange blouse with box sleeves and shoulder cutouts. The back has a fancy cut-out with a tie which looks very appealing with sarees. Styling tip: Style with a solid coloured saree of your choice. Specifications:            Fabric Khesh Colour Orange and Grey Neck Round Neck Sleeve Type Box Sleeves Sleeve Length 10’’ Blouse Length 15’’ Fit Regular Pattern Colour Block Closure Hook and Eye Season All Seasons Occasion Festive / Casual   Model Stats: Model is wearing size S
Key Features: Made from handloom Khesh. Regular fit.   Description: A grey and orange blouse with box sleeves and shoulder...