The total market globally for Ayurvedic clothes and Ayurvedic services is forecast to hit $850 million by 2025, according to orbisresearch.com.
Demand is rising for healing clothes thanks to the awareness of chemical-related pollution in the textile industry. It is critical to know the techniques distinguishing clothing ‘wellness’ and clothing that heals.
This is the reason Ayurvedic clothes have become relevant.
Ayurvedic clothes originated from the Sanskrit word Ayurvastra. Broken down simply this relates to vastra (clothing or fabric), Veda (wisdom or science), and ayur (life-related).
This practice can be dated back thousands of years at the time of weavers creating herbal fabrics like kurunthotti, on top of spices like cloves and turmeric. It also uses unusual substances like cinnamon, durva grass, and gomutra.
Ayurvastra or Ayurvedic Clothes is cloth created from organic cotton fabric which is specially treated with medicinal herbs to give textiles with medicinal properties and vibrant shades.
So how are Ayurvedic clothes made?
Ayurvastra planning begins with organic cotton. This happens through a de-sizing technique removing debris or small particles. The organic cloth or cotton thread is covered next with a mixture of natural gums in order for the solution to act as a barrier between the dye and cotton fabric holding it together for a longer time period.
Using animal feces the cotton textile is next bleached and exposed to sunlight. The painting is created with vetiver, wild turmeric, neem, red sandalwood, tulsi, side and pudica, and mimosa. Flowers like Shoe flower, Champa, seeds, and leaves from medical plants and herbs are used in color preparation. These herbs are organically grown. The colors contain around 40-60 herbal ingredients specifically mixed.
The clothes are next dipped in the above clothes for around six hours in controlled conditions. The number, the duration, and colour temperature of dye soaks, equipment used, and blend of herbs are all carefully controlled.
Every shade of yellow, orange, red, and brown are created using a range of bright colours and herbal combinations along with natural and fast mordents like rhubarb leaves, minerals, alum, and Myroballams.
Upon dyeing, the completed method involves sprinkling water on the cloth and then spreading under tension using aloe vera, castor oil, and hand rolls. It is presumed holding such fabrics in darkness improves curing capacity.
Why Wear Ayurvedic Clothes?
Wearing ayurvedic clothes possesses many benefits. These are mostly biodegradable, sustainable, and fully organic. The skin receives all the medical benefits of the herbs through contact with coir mats, cloths, or bedding.
Diseases like eczema, psoriasis, leprosy, diabetes, headaches, sleeplessness, hypertension, and anaemia can be treated using ayurvedic clothes.
Ayurvedic clothes also can act as anti-microbial anti-inflammatory products as energy boosters, blood cleaning and cooling, and mood enhancers.
Ayurvastra is suitable for children and adults. Dyes are created from leaves, bulbs, and stems of over 200 herbs. The natural herbs are located in very distinct and vibrant shades.
The material consists of 100% pure organic cotton or wool, jute, silk, and fibrous products prepared by handloom and processed by numerous herbs to blend in medicinal qualities into them in a temperature-controlled-space.
You can expect long term use of the clothes’ Ayurvedic effects thanks to the therapeutic colours being incorporated into the fibre directly.