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list of 50 iconic textiles

50 beautiful Iconic textiles list by UNESCO

The word “iconic textiles” is rightly chosen to represent these gems of Indian heritage in textiles, particularly handmade crafts. The documentation of these handmade textiles is important to preserve the process, and people associated with the craft and to know the intricacies of these beautiful masterpieces of Indian art. UNESCO launches a list of 50 iconic Indian heritage textiles. UNESCO in its report also highlighted – “One of the major challenges to the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Asia is the lack of proper inventory and documentation.

Mata-ni-Pachedi Gujarat
Mata-ni-Pachedi Gujarat

Iconic Textiles from North India

In the North India states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh & Ladakh feature on the list

  1. Khes weaving, Panipat, Haryana
  2. Tapestry weaving, Panipat, Haryana
  3. Chamba Rumal, Chamba Valley, Himachal Pradesh
  4. Thigma or Wool tie-dye, Ladakh
  5. Danka embroidery, Udaipur, Rajasthan
  6. Split-ply braid weaving, Rajasthan
  7. Awadha Jamdani, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Baluchari weaving, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  9. Gyasar weaving, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Badla embroidery, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  11. Hand block printing, Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh
Badla or Mukaish embroidery
Badla or Mukaish embroidery

Iconic Textiles from West India

In the western part of India states like Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra are included.

  1. Kunbi weaving, Goa
  2. Ashavali sari weaving, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  3. Kusti weaving, Navsari, and Bharuch, Gujarat
  4. Mashru weaving, Gujarat
  5. Mata-ni-Pachedi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  6. Patola weaving, Patan, Gujarat
  7. Rogan textile painting, Nirona, Gujarat
  8. Sujani weaving, Bharuch, Gujarat
  9. Tangaliya weaving, Gujarat
  10. Nandana hand-block printing, Jawad, Madhya Pradesh
  11. Himroo weaving, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Kunbi weaving Goa
Kunbi weaving Goa

Iconic Textiles from South India

Textiles from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala.

  1. Himroo weaving, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Siddipet Gollabama weaving, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Guledgudd Khana, Guledgudda, Karnataka
  4. Ilkal weaving, Bagalkot, Karnataka
  5. Lambadi or Banjara embroidery, Sandur, Bellary district, Karnataka
  6. Molakalmuru silk weaving, Chitradurga, Karnataka
  7. Ayurvedic textiles, Balaramapuram, Kerala
  8. Sikalnayakanpet Kalamkari, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
  9. Sungadi/ Chungadi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  10. Toda embroidery, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
  11. Gongadi sheep wool blankets, Telangana
Siddipet Gollabama
Siddipet Gollabama

Iconic Textiles from East India

In the eastern division, we have Bihar, West Bengal & Odisha

  1. Bavanbutti weaving, Nalanda, Bihar
  2. Kheta embroidery, Kishanganj, Bihar
  3. Bandha tie-dye weaving, Sambalpur, Odisha
  4. Berhampur Pata or Phoda Kumbha, Odisha
  5. Dhalapathar Parda, Khorda, Odisha
  6. Dongaria Kondh textiles, Kandhmal, Odisha
  7. Kenduli Pata calligraphic weaving, Odisha
  8. Fragrant textiles, Balaposh, West Bengal
  9. Garad-Korial weaving, Murshidabad, West Bengal
  10. Satgaon quilts, West Bengal
Berhampur Pata or Phoda Kumbha
Berhampur Pata or Phoda Kumbha

Iconic Textiles from North East India

From the northeastern region of India, we have Manipur, Sikkim & Tripura that made into the UNESCO’s list

  1. Lasing Phee, Cachar, Manipur
  2. Saphee Lanphee, Manipur
  3. Lepcha weaving, Sikkim
  4. Risha textile weaving, Tripura
Risha textile weaving
Risha textile weaving


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