Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Minakari Banarasi Saree

It is a fact that women in India and sarees go hand in hand. Though due to the busy schedule of life less number of women are using sarees in their day-to-day life now, yet their fascination for them is worth mentioning. And when it is a wedding, sarees are the most commonly chosen outfit by women till today.

In spite of so many designer sarees available in the market, the opulence and elegance of Banasari Sarees still remain unmatched. Minakari Banarasi is another verity of Banarasi. These sarees are highlighted with all over minakari brocade work.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Traditional Banarasi Saree

I have shown Banarasi Sarees once, but it plays such a role in Indian women’s life that I want to show you the different varieties of banarasi, starting with traditional banarasi.

Banarasi Saree is made in Varanasi (also known as Banaras) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Banarasi Silk is an unmatched example of excellent artistry. Mughals brought this craftsmanship in India. In addition Persian motifs were being mixed up with the Indian customary attire. These are the finest sarees in India and are known for their real gold and silver brocked (known as zori in India), fine silk and opulent embroidery. Copper alloys plated in gold or silver known as zori threads. Because of this design these sarees are relatively heavy. Banarasi Sarees are mostly worn by Indian women on important occasions, such as attending a wedding or a party. These sarees are always complemented by women’s best jewellery.

Red Banarasi Sarees are traditionally Indian women’s wedding dress.

The design of Banarasi Sarees largely consisted of Islamic motifs such as floral patterns, upright leaves called jhallar, jail work (a net like pattern) and mina work. There are four main varieties of Banarasi Sarees which includes Pure Silk (Katan), Organza (Kora) with zori and silk, Georgette and Shattir. Of these, Pure Silk varity is the most renowned which I am showing now. On the basis of design Banarasi Sarees are also classified into Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tissue and Butidar. Atleast three craftsmen work together to make up one sari by using the power-loom. One artisan has to weave the silk and one has to dye the silk, where the other one has to engage the bundle of silk, which creates the power ring.

Depending on the intricacy of its designs and patterns, a saree can take 15 days to six months to complete. Some sarees even take a year. Due to increasing price of gold and silver, a Banarasi Saree will cost approximate Ruppes 5000 to Ruppes 200,000 ( US $ 80 to US $ 3200). It has a great resell value due to zori.

These sarees are even passed down the generations just like precious jewellery.

Almost every married Indian woman has a Banarasi Saree in their custody as her wedding dress.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Glamorous Indian Dresses

These modern glamorous dresses are created by renowned Indian fashion designers. These dresses are available on their websites in more varieties and dazzling colours. Few dresses are used as bridal dresses in some parts of India. Hope you will like the rich heritage of India. 

Copyright belongs to the owners of this photos, I am just showing you.

Bridal dresses

Ethnic Dresses  

Monday, January 29, 2018

Chanderi Silk Saree

The Chanderi Silk Saree originated in a small town named Chanderi in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The craft of weaving Chanderi has been practised in families for generations. These are exclusively hand-woven on the handloom and these experienced weavers craft cannot be replaced by power loom. Only hand-spun thread was used and woven on the handloom with the use of needles. Separate needles were used to create different motifs. Weavers then coated these motifs with gold, silver or copper dust. Weaving on this was a very tedious process and it required two weavers to sit side by side on the same loom. Inspired by the Banasari Silk Sarees, some of the motifs used in Chanderi sarees are ashrafi, churi, bindi, keri etc. Some motifs are exclusive to Chanderi comprise nalferma, dandidar, chatai, mehendi wala haath etc.

The glossy texture and shine sets an original Chanderi saree apart from any other textile woven or produced in mass. The colour of genuine Chanderi sarees will always be in soft hues. A hand-woven Chanderi saree will always have an uneven surface.

Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Do not use washing machine.
Do not expose to sunlight. Dry in shade and always on reverse side.
To retain the shine of zori, do not spray perfume and deodorant directly on the fabric.
Fold it properly and use a hanger for storage.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Swarnachari Silk Saree

The elegent Swarnachari Silk saree of West Bengal is more often referred to as the ‘illustrious’ sister of the Baluchari Silk saree. The Swarnachari Silk saree has gold thread incorporated in the weave which gives its characteristic rich sheen, whereas the Baluchari Silk saree only has silk threads incorporated in the weave. Despite this difference, both are similar in weaving, design and conception. The Swarnachari Silk saree is a new creation from original Baluchari Silk saree, which has always been associated with the Bengali nobility.

Historically, these sarees dates back to two centuries ago during the reign of Nawab Murshidquli Khan who was the Nawab of Bengal in the 18th century and a great supporter of art and craftsmanship. However, during the time of British occupation in India, the British felt threatened from the unique handicrafts of Bengal, hence they forced the artisans to give up and switch their craft, due to which the handloom weavers suffered a lot of losses with the craft being risked to getting ruined.

The design and patterns on the Swarnachari Silk sarees are normally inspired by mythological stories like the Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Some of these sarees can depict an entire episode out of the Bhagavat Gita. Bright colors are normally used in these elegant sarees that also show vignettes of festivals, rural life and marriages, with the classic Bengali motifs of animals, flower, circles and fishes. The borders of the Swarnachari Silk sarees are very ornamental with Kalka motifs adorning them. Various other motifs are inspired by architecture, pleasure boat, women on horseback with a rose in hand, court scenes from the Muslim era and women smoking the hookah apart from many others.

A singlw saree takes nearly 120 hours to be woven by master weavers, hence immense efforts go into designing and producing a single Swarnachari Silk saree, which is a specimen of high quality craft wherein gold zari is infused in silk. Before weaving, the silk strands are separately dyed and then put in a loom. The intricate and exquisite design on the sarees are created with the help of punch cards.

The price of Swarnachari Silk sarees started approximately from 7500 Rupees. 1$ = 62.00 Rupees (Approx.). That means 120$ onwards, depends on zari work, available in many showrooms and online stores.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 Wedding Dresses
for Indian Grooms

Sherwani with Dhoti

Indian wedding always see the brides steal the show. Everything is so perfect about the way the brides look on that special day that hardly anyone glances at the poor groom. Traditionally the wedding dresses for Indian grooms wear white. But this is the matter of survival on that special day for grooms. Though it is still white for Eastern and Southern Indian grooms, Northern and Western Indian grooms added a little color in their dresses. Most of the grooms in Northern and Western India like to wear sherwani on their wedding.

Mostly this dress including the shoes is a one-time affair. Grooms mostly do not use these a second time in their life. My husband wore white because we are from Eastern India, and I have not seen him wearing it second time.

Sherwani with Churidar

Wedding Shoes for Grooms

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dhoti Style Kurti

Dhoti, a garment that earlier men used to wear, has now become a part of woman’s wardrobe. In women fashion, Dhoti Style is high in trend. Women just love to wear such contemporary versions of traditional grab. Recently Dhoti style kurti has gained a lot of appreciation. It is loose and comfortable to wear, and gives designer look to stand out in parties.

It has several pleats around the thigh area. These pleats are loose at the upper leg area and taper down to the ankle. It is different from Harem Pants. They are loose throughout the legs, even gathered fabric is more in dhoti kurties compared to the harem pants, and not at all transparent. As it has no fitting issues, one size fits all.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Printed Chiffon Saree

Chiffon Sarees are for all purpose use. Nothing to say more about this sarees. Just enjoy the varieties.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bishnupuri Silk Saree

Photo Curtsey: Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal

Bishnupur, a town in the Bankura of Wes Bengal is known for its rich silk sarees, that have a soft, smooth texture and drape beautifully. These light-weights, pure silk sarees come in varieties of colour with traditional as well as quirky designs and motifs. Apart from Bishnupuri Silk Sarees, Bankura is famous for its Dokra Art, Terra-Cotta Art and Baluchari Sarees. Bishnupur is famous for its Terracotta Temples made by local red soils. The town often called as the “Temple City” of Bengal.

Silk weaving continues to be an important cottage industry in Bishnupur, and about 15% of its population is employed in the handloom sector today. But the region is not suitable for silkworm rearing or mulberry cultivation due to extreme climatic condition. Therefore most of the raw silk used here comes from neighboring silk producing districts of West Bengal such as Murshidabad and Malda. In addition to Bishnupuri and Baluchari silk sarees, block printed, acid printed and batik printed designs are quite common. These sarees are very light and airy and comes in varieties of colour with traditional as well as quirky designs. They are soft and easy to drape, also suitable for both casual and formal wear.

Few more varieties. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tail Cut Kurtis

Tail Cut Kurti with layered pattern is trending for party functions. It is short from one side, front or back, and has a tail like effect on other side. Tail Cut Kurti is the best western were option for young Indian girls and women. For more glamorous look, one can wear Tail Cut Kurti without any bottom.

This is also known as High-Low Kurti. These have designed by India’s famous dress designers and available in many online stores along with showrooms in different cities.