Holistic health is the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the walk, the sleep, and also the clothes you wear.
Ayurveda is about holistic health. It pays close attention to pure air, water, the right diet, and as well as the lifestyle by using various techniques and naturally occurring herbs.
Clothing/textiles are an essential part of our lifestyle. These fabrics are about the fiber — natural or artificial, the dyes, and the print technique. Ayurveda and natural herbs can be used to treat the fabrics to impart their properties. These herbs heal and soothe our bodies and contribute to our holistic health.
Such fabrics are called Ayurvastra.
Ayurvastra is a branch of the ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda. It has been inherited from the Vedic healthcare system which is over 5500 years old.
Ayurvastra is a combination of the Sanskrit words “Ayur” which means health and “Vastra” meaning clothing.
Ayurvastra is a technique that has been around even before the advent of textile industrialization. Using natural processes, it reminds us of a simpler time.
Moreover, Ayurvastra goes the extra mile to create clothes that can actually nurture one’s health. Wearables made from Ayurvastra can soothe the way to a healthy life in these difficult times!
Ayurvastra uses natural herbs to bring colour to fabrics, instead of chemical dyes. These fabrics acquire the medicinal properties of the natural herbs they are treated with, to improve body immunity and vitality. They also work as an antiseptic and aid faster healing. Further, Ayurvastra fabrics can also cure a range of infections and even immunize one’s body to foreign, toxic agents.
In fact, Ayurvastra fabrics are said to ease and cure a wide range of diseases. For instance, diabetes, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well as hypertension, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, rheumatism and even cardiac problems.
The process of such a revitalizing concept is far easier than you think. In fact, it is all-natural too!
Made from organic cellulose, Ayurvastra fabrics are treated with Ayurvedic oils and herbs. There is no limit to the type of herbs that can be used.
Herbs such as tulsi, rose, indigo, brier, to name a few, can be used to prepare Ayurvastra fabrics. This also adds a natural aroma to the fabric.
Further, the finishing process uses natural bleaching, mordants, and fixing agents to achieve the desired colour of the fabric.
Hues such as red, yellow, green blue, orange, brown, ivory, and literally any other natural colour under the sun can be used.
Completely contrary to synthetic dyes, the colours in Ayurvastra in fact, come from medicinal plant sources. Owing to their naturality, the colours also sometimes come out stronger than synthetic dyes. There is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous, bright, and natural shade complementing one’s look.
As discussed earlier, Ayurvastra fabrics are non-toxic, and also have been used to cure diseases such as diabetes, eczema, skin infections, and even asthma and blood pressure problems. However, research has also shown that it has a vitalizing effect; the person wearing it starts to feel fresh and healthy.
Certain herbal ingredients are said to cure diseases such as arthritis and hay fever.
However, not a lot of people are aware that many health-related issues can actually arise from the fabrics we wear on a daily basis. Not just minor allergic reactions, but some harmful dyes can even cause skin cancer to the wearer. Clearly, textile-producing is not devoid of its challenges and there is a strong need to shift to healthier alternatives. Ayurvastra fabrics are clothes that keep all toxic substances out.
Moreover, Ayurvedic fabrics immunize the body. They are popularly termed as ‘Cosmetotextiles’. This blended concoction always permeates through space and provides immunity to the person wearing it. When the clothing comes into contact with body heat, the medicinal substances are released from the fabric to begin their healing practices upon the wearer. Depending on the type of herb utilized, certain Ayurvastra garments have anti-inflammatory properties, which are always at work when worn even by a person sleeping or at rest.
Ayurvastra can boast of many herbs, but here are some of the most common ones along with their properties.
Ayurvastra garments are often made from 100% pure organic cotton fabric — the most natural and comfortable cloth. But, Ayurvastra is possible to use even on silk, wool, jute, and other products woven on handlooms.
From a sustainable angle, Ayurvastra is further a great practice. Herbal dyes do not pollute the way that chemical dyes do. Since no toxic chemicals are used in the production process of this fabric, it is biodegradable and causes no harm or damage to the environment. Therefore, it is a necessary alternative to care for yourself and for your surroundings too.
With Covid-19 having become the fulcrum for our lives, we must readjust and find new ways to adapt, change and become resilient.
In fact, increasing one’s immunity and keeping one’s health in check is of utmost importance these days. Ayurvastra seems a perfect fit with the New Normal.
With this practice, it is possible to create new-age product experiences in the New Normal. In fact, products along these lines can promote care, value, and connect through a unique experience.
With Ayurvastra wearables such as eye masks, face masks, slippers, bathrobes, and so on, one can develop confidence in their own health.
This second skin can be effective in empowering and shielding oneself from the harmful agents in our environment.
To pave the way forward for a new world, we must step up, take charge, and bring about the healthy lifestyle changes that we need.