Traditional Indian Prints In Contemporary Outfits

Traditional Indian fabric prints have a truly enchanting charm. And with our rich heritage and potpourri mix of culture, we have a thousand different styles and prints of fabrics, some of them dating back to the time of Indus Valley! Hard to believe, right? Over the years, our styles have crossed oceans and continents to reach several parts of the world and have been applauded all over.

Each style is native to certain regions of the country and each requires skilled craftsmanship and labour. Then there are some that are seen in several parts of the country in varying styles. So let’s have a look at some of our favourite Indian prints that are topping the trend charts centuries after they have originated. And we are sure they will stick around for centuries more!


Kalamkari is the traditional Indian print hailing from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana districts. It roughly translates to ‘drawing with a pen’ and certainly did originate as a hand-painted form of fabric art done on cotton or silk with a wooden pen. Though it has widely become machine printed, even now hand painted Kalamkari fabric is available, at a more expensive rate. Kalamkari is definitely one of the most popular traditional prints in the market today and is seen in modern styles as well.

Nykaa has a number of outfits in Kalamkari prints, mostly kurtas and sarees. Check out these top styles:

  • Inweave Multi colour Kalamkari Print Skirt
  • Inweave Kalamkari Faces Print Kurta In Black
  • Desi Weavess Brown Kalamkari Printed Palazzo Pants

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Ikat is a traditional dyeing technique that creates ‘blurred’ patterns on the fabric. This particular style is observed with certain variations around the world (Indonesia, Japan, etc.), and in India you will popularly find it as Pochampally Ikat in Telangana and Sambalpuri Ikat in Orissa, among others. Infact, the Patola from Gujarat is also heavily influenced by this technique. And now, Ikat is not only seen in sarees and traditional outfits alone, but in several Indo-Western styles as well. Have a look at these Ikkat styles available on Nykaa:

  • Truebrowns Orange Ikkat Maxi Dress
  • Truebrowns Yellow Ikkat Print Kurta With Culottes
  • Empress Pitara Ikkat Jacket Suit Set

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Ajrakh style of prints originated in the Sindh region and is widely practised in regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan today. It was initially used only in shawls but has now spread over a variety of outfits. They are usually printed using natural dyes such as vegetable dyes and mineral dyes, indigo being the main one. Original Ajrakh prints are quite expensive owing to their intricate patterns, but they are surely worth the splurge.

Nykaa has beautiful Ajrakh outfits. Though it is very difficult to choose one among all the Ajrakh dupattas and sarees available, here are some of our favourite picks:

  • The Weave Traveller Blue Hand Block Printed Ajrakh Cotton Saree With Blouse
  • The Weave Traveller Blue Handloom Hand Block Printed Cotton Ajrakh Dupatta (Do checkout all its colour variants!)
  • Tjori Yellow Ajrakh Printed Gathers Top With Brown & Yellow Skirt

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Bandhani or Bandhej fabrics come from the tie-and-die method commonly used in Gujarat and Rajasthan. This method dates back centuries and is one of the oldest print methods. Though most popular in sarees and dupattas, Bandhani prints are also used for kurtas and running material. Bandhani is mostly done in bright colours and are an inevitable part of Navrathri outfits.

Nykaa has a wide range of outfits in Bandhani or Bandhej including sarees, dupattas, kurta sets and more. Check out these styles:

  • Rangpur Teal Printed Saree with Stitched Blouse
  • Bunaai Red and Orange Bandhej Lehenga Set (Set of 3)
  • Lavanya The Label Red Anarkali Bandhej Suit With Churidar And Dupatta (Set of 3)

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There are several other popular fabric printing styles across the country, some of the popular ones being Batik, Patola, Dabu, Bagh, Leheriya, Paisley, Sanganer, Temple and Warli prints. Watch out for our blogs to know more about these fabric printing techniques.

The choices are unlimited and we bet you are going to have a hard time choosing a single outfit! Get ready to stock up your wardrobe with these Indian styles, without emptying your pocket. With Nykaa fashion offers from CashKaro, you can avail up to 60% off on 200+ brands, along with additional cashbacks.

So get ready to flaunt your traditional print collection with Nykaa!

Devika is an architect with a passion for writing. Her zest for exploring life, makes her a travel enthusiast with a whopping bucket list that she yearns to complete on the go. Apart from being an avid reader, she loves dancing away to her favorite tunes. An ardent believer of doing what she loves and loving what she does.


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