Wispy, soft tissue like fabrics with gorgeous designs, Brasso is unique in every sense of the word. Also popularly known as ‘burnt out fabric’, brasso has been around for years and has been a great source of creative inspiration for craftsman and designers across the world. From lehengas to saris, and salwar kameez to kurtis, brasso has been a defining niche of Indian fashion across various style spectrum.
So what exactly is Brasso? And how is it made?
Similar to burnout, Brasso is mainly defined as a textile technique, where the design is burned in some parts of fabric. This material is mostly used for manufacturing expensive Indian outfits, sarees and materials, for any special occasion. This technique is primarily used for creating sheer patterned elements, offsetting the vibrant look of solids, like in a blouse or maybe in any softly draped pleated costume. This is a perfect amalgamation of two fabrics. One is resistant to chemical reaction and another one is burned with acid, for creating a transparency rate. Brasso outfit are made with a perfect combination of chiffon, georgette and velvet. These are primarily used for creating social wear, wedding sarees and some formal outfits, too.
All about the history of Brasso
The technique used for manufacturing brasso material is prevalent in medieval times, and is used to create bridal gowns, lehengas, and other forms of Indian attires. This was used to create a perfect presentation of glamour and royalty, yet with a subtle smoothness of sophisticated touch. Brasso is considered to be high quality clothing apparel, which is used by people, solely belonging from elite classes.
Wearing the Attire
Quarter sleeved, vintage style sari blouses in brasso have also gained a lot of momentum in the Indian fashion circuit, and various Bollywood actresses like Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Vidyabalan and Sonakshi Sinha have been seen flaunting this style. Apart from saris, brasso fabric looks divine in long flowy Anarkali suits with large floral motifs and embellishments. Phool patti work, gota, and kundan have become a major trend with brasso fabrics and are attires that women love to wear during weddings, parties, large scale events or for traditional festivals and rituals. Brasso style fabric looks great in all sorts of colors that range from mehendi green, red, pink, yellow, black, cream, white and even gold.
Brasso is a delicate fabric and therefore requires gentle care as well. Whether it’s a sari, salwar suit or a lehenga, one must send in their brasso made attires for dry cleaning in order to get the best results. Also, keeping the clothes in an air tight box is advisable in order to keep the longevity of the fabric, design and color.