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Khesh

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

In February 2017, 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
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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ in color metre to metre. The “beautiful irregularity”...
Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven fabrics. Each piece of fabric that...
Dress - Royal Blue Khesh Maxi Dress - Prathaa
Rs. 2,790.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and...
Dress - Maroon and Black Khesh Dress - Prathaa
Rs. 3,090.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and...
Top - Pink and Indigo Angrakha Top - Prathaa
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
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Angrakha top is an amalgamation of pre-retail scrap fabrics....
Top - Orange Kaftan Top with Indigo Hand Block - Prathaa
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
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Kaftan uses the textile upcycling concept and is a...
Tunic - Tri Color Long Kaftan - Prathaa
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...
Bottom - Reversible Patchwork Straight Skirt - Prathaa
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
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Description : This Reversible straight skirt is made up of a number...
Bottom - Maroon Khesh Dhoti With Patch Pocket - Prathaa
Rs. 2,890.00
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ...
Key Features : Upcycled Fabric Patchwork Regular Fit Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and...
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. 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops...
Key Features : Signature Bindi Collection. Jamdani fabric with bindi motif. Regular fit. Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa,...
Bottom - Black Khesh Maxi Skirt - Prathaa
Rs. 2,090.00
Key Features: Khesh Fabric Regular fit 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ in color...
Key Features: Khesh Fabric Regular fit Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and hand woven...
Bottom - Grey Khesh Dhoti with pink pom-pom border - Prathaa
Rs. 2,490.00
  Key Features : 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. Regular fit 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting...
  Key Features : A grey khesh stripes dhoti with pink pom-pom lace at the border. This dhoti can be worn...
Blouse - Grey and orange khesh box sleeve blouse - Prathaa
Rs. 2,390.00
Key Features: Made from handloom Khesh. Regular fit. 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 and the women patiently tear the sari into multiple long strips. The thin strips are then incorporated into new fabric. The weaver sits intently on his Hand Loom machine twisting and adding the thin strips of the sarees to fresh warp threads, to create the new and up-cycled Khesh weave.   The fabric develops stripes which can sometimes differ...
Key Features: Made from handloom Khesh. Regular fit. Adhering to our commitment, we at Prathaa, work with natural, breathable and...