Handwoven denim is growing in popularity with designers crafting a ‘Make in India’ identity through these denims. Denim, designers are opting for softer fabrics, which though have a similar weave, have a higher yarn count, lending the fabric fluidity and fineness.
Designer Diksha Khanna, whose eponymous label was founded in 2014 in Delhi- combines contrasting elements like structure with fluidity. Similarly, Harago, a small label founded by Harsh Agarwal in Jaipur weaves its denim in an unusually high yarn count, Ne 60, which makes it light.
This allows the brand to make long coats, waistcoats and even drawstring pants—clothes not usually associated with the denim fabric. Founded in 2017, the Indian Weavers Alliance makes denim from eri silk, widely available in Guwahati, Assam. All three creators work with versions of denim that can be tailored easily and worn in tropical weather.