The term 'Vintage' originally referred to the year a wine or oil was bottled. Then gradually the word passed into general usage to mean the year a particular item was made. First it was used to describe vintage cars, meaning cars that were at least 50 years old and later on it started to include all sort of old products.
What is vintage textile?
Any textile fabric or product to be included in the category of vintage textiles must essentially belong to another era and mostly because of its limited supply that people develops a yearning to collect them. Another important aspect of vintage textile that it should possess an elusive quality that would make it as desirable as it was in its heyday.
Desirability and quality are two factors that actively contribute in making a vintage textile exclusive.
Pros and Cons of vintage textiles A vintage textile item is bound to exhibit some signs of wear and it is unrealistic as well as unreasonable to expect a vintage textile to be in the same condition as that of a new garment and to possess the same durability. Thus all vintage textile products need to be treated with utmost care and the wearable vintage textile garments and accessories requires gentle wearing and proper maintenance.
Common Sources of Vintage Textiles
- Rangoli-Folk Art
- Religion Craft
- Mirror Work in India
- Sculptures from Khajuraho
- Realism in Indian Art
- Chess Game in India