Inspired from stylized motifs from the 17th to 19th Centuries of the Mughal Empire dhaaga brings a wide range of subtle, low toned natural colors of delicate floral prints against a white or pastel background which uniquely identifies Mughal Prints.
The Mughal emperors Babur, Humayun, Akbar and Jahangir were great nature lovers, and therefore they preferred the floral motifs. Consequently, during the Mughal period the Indian flora and fauna were depicted in Persian style. However during Akbar’s time we find a greater admixture of indigenous and foreign culture. His age was the beginning of the development of floral motifs, and these appeared only bold and half-blooming floral designs. In the textiles of Akbar’s era we find mainly the designs of flower buds with straight leaves and stems, whereas Jahangir’s reign exhibits fully bloomed flowers with tender and flexible stems with curved and twisted leaves.
The depiction of animals, birds and human figures was prohibited in Islamic art. The pre-Muslim Persian were decorated with birds and human figures which were replaced with floral motifs during the Muslim Persian court. These motifs included flowers, creepers, sprays, sprigs, plants etc. Nature was drawn on clothes. To balance the plants with leaves and flowers other elements were added to them.
Iris appeared an important floral motif at the Mughal court, and this motif was very popular in Mughal attires. It was borrowed from Persia and was famous for its beauty and fragrance. Their colours are a mixture of pale sky blue, purple, yellow and sometimes white. They used crocus from Persia and iris from Kashmir in their designs. Patronized by royalty, exclusive and fine printing in subdued colors, are a characteristic of the Mughal Print. Some of the flowers used in the prints are Roses, Lotus, Lotus bud, Sunflower, Lily, Tulip, Opium, Poppy, Marigold, Bela, Chameli, Champa, Chambeli etc.