Saturday, September 16, 2017

Designer Kurtis

Latest fashionable kurties. Indian women wear these, when they do not wear sarees. 

These kurties are designed by India’s renowned fashion designers and very popular in all over India. Other than showrooms, these kurtis are also available in many online websites with worldwide delivery. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Opara Silk Saree

Photo Curtsey: Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal

Opara silk is a variety of katan silk.

Opara silk is  a fashionable saree but yet to reach in the category of elite silk sarees.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Modern Indian Dresses

Fashionable Dresses

Photo Curtsey: Shoppers Stop

Until now I have shown you the traditional Indian dresses. These elegant sarees are expensive and used in occasions only like weddings, parties and festivals. Not only that, matching blouse, shoes and jewelleries are mandatory with these sarees, which is very expensive. Here I am going to show you some modern dresses.

Jeans for Indian Women

Do not think Indian girls wear sarees all the time, they wear different modern outfits. Apart from regional dresses different kind of jeans is very popular among Indian girls and boys, especially for younger generations. Salwar kameez is very popular all over India.
But sareees are mandatory dress code (uniform) for some sophisticated places. Like Five Star Hotels, National Airlines, receptions in big Corporate Houses etc.

Jeans for Indian Men

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Korial Banarasi Saree

Photo curtsey: Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal

Korial Banarasi Saree is one of four varieties of Banarasi. Please see Banarasi Saree to know more. 

Korial Banarasi is actually Kora (Organza) variety of Banarasi. Kora means ‘Off White’. This is the reason all sarees are off white base.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Jamavar Silk Saree

Jamavar Silk also known as Jamawar Silk travelling from Persia to Kashmir, this fabric reached the Indian subcontinent around five centuries ago. The design in a jamavar is completely woven into the fabric with no loose threads on the back side, unlike Banarasi weave where loose threads are not stitched neatly at the back side of the fabric. Traditionally Jamavar is used for making shawls. But now it is also used in designing Sarees, bedspreads and curtains. The intricate paisley motifs and designs on a fabric give a rich and distinctive look.

Historically, Jamavars were crafted out of pure silk and were exclusively worn by the royal and aristocrat class. Fortunately with advanced technology and faster looms Jamavars are accessible to all nowadays. Innovative production of these sarees by craftsmen in Varanasi are also helping in keeping intact the relevance of the fabric. Each Jamaver saree is a shimmering weave of intricate designs, where the palette spans from traditional rich shades to delicate pastels. Each Saree takes a minimum of three months to finish. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kashmiri Embroidery Jacket

Keep the chill away in style with splendid variety of Kashmiri Embroidered Jackets.

Make a fashion statement with exceptional and elegant hand embroidered designer jackets and coats from Kashmir, India. These wool, cashmere or silk ladies jackets are characterized with well textured fabrics, soft inner lining, exceptional colours and fine aari embroidery paisley, floral, bird and other traditional motifs all over. Embroidery is done using silk threads, while the top end jackets have zari embroidered patterns. Beautifully tailored with an equal emphasis on comfort, these fashionable and trendy jackets are surprisingly warm and look great as party wear or evening wear. These handcrafted and unique women jackets combine the ancient art of kashmiri embroidery with contemporary styling, and are a great match with almost every outfit.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Katan Silk Saree

Photo Curtsey: Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal
Katan, a thread, prepared by twisting a different number of silk filaments according to requirement gives a firm structure to the background fabric. Katan is a plane woven fabric with pure silk threads. It consists of two threads twisted together and is mostly used for the warp of light fabrics. Due to the nature of its creation, it also makes an interesting textured background for any work that is to be done on the fabric to make it unique. Katan silk is one of the most easily identified fabrics as it has a unique look that helps it stand out from other forms of silk.

Katan can be further classified into the following:

Katan Butidar: This fabric has resham or gold butis on it.
Katan Butidar Mina: The design work on this fabric is made out of zari threads.
Katan Butidar Paga: This type has a weft made of resham and contains buti work that is spaced 4 inches apart all over the body of the garment.
Katan Brocade: Figures or patterns on this garment are made with goldthread and both, the warp and weft are made of katan.

The most popular forms of katan these days are the Katan Stripes and Katan Checks as they add a little bit of modernity to the design.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mehndi Design

Mehndi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative design are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of Henna plant. Mehndi is a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

There are many variations and types in mehndi designs which are categorized, such as Indian Mehndi Designs, Pakistani Mehndi Designs and Arabic Mehndi Designs. Women usually apply variations of mehndi design patterns on their hands and feet. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in late 1990s, where they are called Henna Tattoos.

In the modern age due to limited supply of Indian Traditional Mehndi Artists, people usually buy ready-made Henna cones, which are ready to use and make painting easy.

Traditional Hindu or Sikh weddings in India can often be long, ritualistic and elaborate affairs with many pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding ceremonies. According to Hindu tradition, the ceremony is mainly held at the bride’s house on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. On the occasion a professional mehndi artist or a relative applies mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet. The designs are very intricate.

In Pakistan, the Mehndi is often one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies, which is celebrated mainly by the bride’s family.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bhagalpuri Silk Saree

Bhagalpur is a small town situated on the banks of river Ganga in the state of Bihar, India. The specialty of this town is the special silk fabric known as Tusser Silk or Bhagalpuri Silk. The silk produced in this town is exported globally. Bhagalpur is also known as silk city. The dying technique of a Bhagalpuri Silk Saree is what sets them apart from the regular art silk sarees available in India.

These yarns are weaved with silk threads of multicolor which are reared from the Tussar cocoons. They are thus weaved into exotic and symbolic designs and motifs making a Bhagalpuri Saree vibrant and bright in its texture and feel. There are many specialties and varieties that enhance the beauty of this artwork. Verities like Katia, Giccha, Eri, Mulberry have given this fabric an elegance look and an essence of delicateness to its texture. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kashmiri Aari Work Poncho

Poncho is an article of clothing of ancient origin, a cloak made of square or rectangle of cloth with a hole in the middle. The original poncho, consisting of a rough, brightly coloured, handloomed cloth, was worn in the early cultures of Latin America. Ponchos are worn with the edges hanging either parallel or diagonally, forming a diamond shape. The style also was adapted as rain gear, made of a waterproof material, and often hooded.

Alternative ponchos are now designed as fashion items. They are the same shape but of different material. They are designed to look fashionable and provide warmth and comfort, rather than to ward off wind and rain. These are often made out of wool and pashmina.