Prints and patterns are as important as fabrics we choose. Prints are the fabric designs and patterns are embossed on the fabrics. They come in various types and have become extremely popular especially during summer seasons. Here are some types to increase your printerest :
1. Florals : as the name suggests they are flower designs on the fabric mainly cotton based. The small floral prints are also known as English prints and the big flowers considered hippie influenced. Cherry blossoms are popular on silk weaves as well. Small prints enhance and big camouflage.
2. Digital : the latest range in the kurti and dupatta markets. They are mostly abstract prints which are digitalized on synthetic fabrics ranging from nylon to chiffon. Newsprint was one of the starter trends in this. Good focal points of the outfit.
3 . Paisley : considered Indian prints are basically a mix of different sized kaeris. Come in all types of fabrics and colours are mostly pastels. Its a classic print fast gaining popularity on outfits and accessories for the summer.
4. Animal print : one of the on and off trends. Animal skin prints of cheetah, leopard and zebra being the most popular. The best way to wear this is one item at a time.
Tie n dye
5. Dyes : be it tie and dye or batik, these are formed by mixing of a bunch of colours on one fabrics by twisting and turning. Commonly used on t-shirts and summer dresses.
6. Tribal : encompassing warli and Aztec designs. Come in horizontal patterns with figurines. Trending for summer outfits. Wide horizontal designs enhance width.
7. Geometrics : checks, stripes, dots, houndstooth these are different prints on all types of fabrics. Common on casual outfits mostly, but also now getting formal recognition. Good for dimensional visuals and work well on most body types. Horizontal stripes showcase width. Very popular prints for winterwear as well.
8. Indian prints : stemming from Indian roots of different regions like patola of gujrat, ikat of Bihar and bandhej (dots) and leheriya (horizontal stripes) of rajashthan. Have now become popular globally and are not limited to Indian wear. Big prints are heavy and but good for camoflouaging flaws where as small prints can focus on them.
9. Embroidery : threadwork patterned on fabrics is termed as embroidery. There are different types such as garra work, zardosi, chikankari, kashmiri, kantha work, etc. Some are done with gold and silver thread as well depending on the richness of the work. Embroidery will always be the focal point of the outfit irrespective of its position.
10. Beading : mostly sequin embroidery is termed as beading but lets also include crystal and stone work as well. Used on formal clothes or outfits to add more glamour, rhinestones have also been added for the oomph factor. Beading on bodice or borders works well to take away focus from other areas. So choose beadings on areas that you want to highlight and they also add curves.
These prints and patterns are more for your knowledge so next time you shop you can tell one from the other. You can choose outfits based on prints and patterns for different occassions as well.
Thus, prints can enhance or break your look depending on size and amount. In dresses ensure there are solid accessories to break it. For other outfits ensure prints are always paired with solids so they can be showcased even better. Choose wisely when mixing prints and have fun printisizing 🙂
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