Thursday, May 25, 2017

Anushka Shetty Looked as Princess Devasena in Baahubali 2 by wearing various types of Traditional wear

When Baahubali was released in 2015, it took the nation by storm with its excellent special effects, storyline, acting, sets and costumes. With the Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the movie series has gone where no other Indian production has ever done before. The grandeur of the various war scenes, high precision of the different sequences as well as the costumes of royal fashion has made a distinct impression on all moviegoers. The look of Princess Devasena has been a hot topic of discussion among fashion aficionados and it has set a major trend on how royal fashion should ideally look like.

Traditionally, when we think of an Indian princess or a lady from a royal family, we tend to think in the lines of clothes that do offer elegance and beauty but are also quite rigid and difficult to move in. However, in Baahubali, we see Anushka dress up as a princess without losing her natural flexibility and spiritedness. She has taken the concept of saree dressing simply to a completely new level. Her clothing was filled with traces of rich handloom fabrics as well as silk such as Paithani and Banarasi weaves. Even though the sarees are quite rich in their texture they have a serene beautiful fall that serves as a dream drape. Stylists who were responsible for creating the look of Princess Devasena made use of contrasting combinations which has helped in bringing out the overall richness in the blouses and sarees that were chosen for her.

Anushka Shetty as Princess Devasena in Baahubali 2 
Prashanti Tipirneni was the dress designer for Anushka Shetty in Baahubali. She and her team took special care to pay utmost focus to each and every detail while creating the costumes of Princess Devasena. The young princess Devasena is seen in drapes and sarees of notably vivid hues that expresses the carefree spirit that is associated with younger age. The colors have been chosen with individual care so that they easily stand out from backgrounds. Each of the sarees that have been worn by Princess Devasena is a fabric of 12 yards that has been exclusively woven to set to drape. Each and every look that has been sported by Princess Devasena has been very carefully curated. The blue saree along with heavy jewelry used in the sequence when she goes with Baahubali has attained widespread popularity among women of this country. It clearly depicts the fabulous richness of the kingdom that she is coming from.

Another distinct element of the ensemble look of Princess Devasena was definitely her jewelry. The pieces of jewelry that were used in this movie for Princess Devasena were carefully chosen to give additional depth and resonance to the character. Since Devasena is a crown princess, she has been given the best feminine looking jewelry that would be in line with what any young girl would naturally want her pieces of jewelry to be. In each and every sequence, her jewelry plays a special part to determine her looks and social position.

While in the festive scenes we can see her in grand jewelry, in the hunting scenes she can be in rather simple jewelry. Compared to the stones, yellow gold has been used with more generosity. This is done to emphasize that in the southern parts of India, yellow gold is more readily preferred than polki and kundan which is used extensively in the north. More than 1500 pieces of jewelry were made exclusively for this movie. Some of these jewelry items include arm bands, waist bands, heavy neck pieces, toe rings, dangler earrings and jhumkis. Different jewelry pieces had unique functional aspects of their own.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8 things to not do when you wear a Handloom Saree

The first thing that you should never do when you wear a saree is tie it excessively low or excessively high. So, before you wear your saree you should definitely take a look at the mirror. You should have a clear idea as to where your petticoat should sit. You should focus on this irrespective of whether you are doing it yourself or getting it done by someone else. If you wear it too high then you would end up looking funny.

Not pinning it the right way
This is the second mistake that people make when they wear a handloom saree. You should never over-pin your saree as that will leave holes in same and if you do not pin it then it might even fall away just like that. The position of pin is very important. You should always secure the pallu and pleats of your saree with a pin.

Wearing too many accessories
When you are wearing a saree you need not wear all the jewellery that you call your own. In any case, a saree looks graceful. This means that there is no unwritten law that you would have to wear ornaments with it as well. This is applicable even if you are wearing a simple saree. Your jewellery should be in accordance with the embellishments that are there on your saree.

Mismatching the petticoat
You should always get the colour of the petticoat right. If your saree is a white one your petticoat must not be a pink one. You can be sure that if your wear the wrong-coloured petticoat your look shall be ruined for sure. It is very important that you get it absolutely right. It would make the whole thing look right and you will come off as a winner for sure.

Bollywood celebrities with Indian handloom sarees
Making a mistake with the blouse
Your saree is completed by the blouse. You may wish to follow trends popularized by celebrities such as Deepika Padukone but make sure that your blouse has been stitched properly in the first place. However, you also need to be sure of the fact that your tailor is confident of stitching such a piece for you. You should also be sure that the style of blouse will suit you.

Getting the length of the pallu right
Your pallu should be of the right length – not too short neither too long. You can be sure that both would look equally bad and you will not at all be comfortable with either one. If you do not wish this to happen then you should pre-pleat your saree before you start draping it. This way, you will have a proper idea of the length that your pallu needs to be.

Do not go for total colour coordination
There was a time when our heroines such as Sridevi wore everything in the same colour – their hot chiffon sarees, blouse, bangle, and eye makeup. Just like the respected actor of yesteryears this trend has now become antiquated and should strictly be avoided at all costs. Colour blocking has become the trend now. You can be sure that you would look dull if you wore red on red.

Mistakes in wearing footwear
Quite often it so happens that after wearing your sarees you remember that you may have to wear heels with them. This mistake is quite silly and it could have some serious ramifications as well. In case of sarees always wear the shoes first and then wear the clothes. Otherwise you could end up making a mistake with the length of the drapes.


You should also get your draping style right and pick the right fabric.   

Monday, May 8, 2017

How to remove various types of stains from handwoven Silk sarees?

One of the first things that you need to in order to remove stains from handwoven silk sarees or any other kind of silk sarees for that matter is to identify the kind of stain that is there. Silk sarees can be worn by women for a wide variety of purposes – more often than not it is for celebratory purposes that these sarees are worn. This does not mean though that the sarees cannot be worn to work. No matter for what purpose you wear these sarees they are going to be soiled one way or the other to some or the other extent.

As far as removing the stains from these sarees is concerned it is always easier said than done. If your sarees happen to have additional elements such as sequins, beads, and embroidery the process only becomes even tougher. This is why the first thing that you need to do in this case is identify the kind of stain it is.

Removing the protein stains

Protein stains happen because of causes such as perspiration, deodorant, and blood. These stains happen to be the commonest as well. As far as materials such as silk are concerned these stains represent the toughest challenge. One of the many ways – these happen to be generally accepted in this regard as well – is to use a smallish amount of liquid detergent. In order to do this in an efficient manner you can use cotton buds so that the detergent is applied only on the affected area. You can leave the detergent on the saree for half an hour at the most and then wash it in cold water.

Taking care of your silk sarees
Removing the grease stains

Grease stains happen because of ingredients that are oil based in nature. Examples of such ingredients would include things such as butter, cooking oil, and margarine. Even cosmetic items such as lipstick can result in such stains as well. Make sure that you do not dampen the grease stains with detergent or water as that would end up damaging the material itself. Worse still, the stain would stay just the same. The best thing to do in this case would be to use a thin layer of talcum powder. It will draw out the grease effectively and lift it off the material. After that, you can use a soft brush to get rid the saree of the powder.

Removing tea and coffee stains

Tea and coffee stains are among the commonest members of their brethren. The worst part of these stains is that they spread at the rate of knots and if your saree happens to be light they would leave that indelible mark as well. You can effectively get rid of these stains by using vinegar. Just place the saree on a flat surface. Make a mixture of three tablespoons of water at room temperature and three tablespoons of white distilled vinegar. Then apply this mixture carefully with clean cloth or sponge. Just use the cloth or sponge to dab said area. Please refrain from rubbing it and continue till the stain has been removed. In case the stain in question is a stubborn one you should use pure vinegar rather than the diluted version of the same.

Removing nail polish

If you wish to remove nail polish stains from your silk saree you should use acetone. You can easily buy it from stores. At any rate, most of you know about the bottles that contain nail polish removers. It would just be as effective as acetone in this case. You can apply acetone on the affected area with a cotton bud and then just dab it. You would not need to scrub the saree to remove the nail polish. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

10 Types of Traditional Sweets for Bengali New Year

Bengalis are almost synonymous with sweets. Want to impress a Bengali? It is simple; just tell them you love mishti and maachh, i.e. sweets and fish. Bengalis swoon over these two things. Though it is rasogolla and sandesh which represents West Bengal or Bengalis outside their state, but Bengali traditional sweets are much more than that. Here is a list of best ten. You need to eat them to believe me. Meanwhile read on for a virtual gastronomic fiesta.
  1. Mishti Doi- Sweetened yoghurt as the translation goes, is one of the finest sweet dish ever produced and almost all Bengalis will vouch for it. It is a must for all celebrations in Bengali households. Sweet lovers can recreate the magic at home by setting yoghurt in earthenware with sweetened milk added in caramelized sugar. Bengalis settled abroad add condensed milk, evaporated milk and full fat yoghurt in equal proportion and bake it in oven to get their much loved dessert in faraway lands.
  2. Kalakand- This is yet another mishti very popular on holy occasions. It is made by curdling sweetened milk and then heated to make a sticky material which is further flattened on plate and cut in small squares. There are some fancy versions of this sweet available. Some are traditional while some of them are contemporary like strawberry and chocolate flavored ones. However, most popular one of them is kesar or saffron flavored kalakand.
  3. Sweets of Bengal
  4. Pranhara- Pranhara or kanchagolla is a hot favorite among calorie conscious people or for them who are not much fond of sweets and eat only because they have to. Poila boishakh or Bengali New Year is one such occasion when you cannot survive by refusing sweets. Lightly sweetened and melts in your mouth- pranhara is a good solution for both guests and the hosts. 
  5. Kheerkadam- You will rarely find a kid who does not like this sweet. This is a layered sweet where the outer cover is made of solidified milk or mashed cottage cheese and inside a small syrup soaked sandesh. Absolute delicacy!
  6. Jalbhara Sandesh- This is a favorite of hardcore sweet lover and frankly speaking it is not everyone’s cup of tea to finish a full size jalbhara sandesh. It is made of dry fruits, chhana or curdled milk, and sugar or jaggery. It has a filling inside which varies with season- in summer it is sugar syrup while in winter it is nolen gur, a variety of jaggery. It is almost a must have on Poila Boishakh.
  7. Chhana Paturi- This is quite an innovative take on Bengali traditional sweets. In this sweet, chhana or cottage cheese is finely mashed with sugar, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked. The end result is a soft, mildly smoky flavored sweet with a subtle taste.
  8. Ledikeni- There can be dispute regarding the spelling of this sweet but its popularity is surely undisputable. This is a cylindrical version of gulab jamun and made of chhana and flour and cooked in sugar syrup. Though there are several legends regarding its invention and all of them have one single point that it was a favorite one of Lady Canning when she was in India from 1851 to 1856. So it was named after her and colloquially it became Ledikeni.
  9. Chhanar jilipi- Who doesn’t like jalebis- the crisp, glossy and absolutely delectable. But this jilipi, appearance and texture wise, stands binary to the regular ones. These are soft, brown and thick but like the former one tastes heavenly.
  10. Payesh- This is a homemade dessert and probably the most popular one. Outside Bengal known as kheer, it is made with rice cooked in milk till it is reduced to half. Poila Boishkh is incomplete without kheer.
  11. Chhanar murki- Many Bengali will associate this mishti with their childhood because this has lost its old sheen and available only in some traditional sweet shops. As name suggests, it is made of cottage cheese and stands for authentic Bengali sweet. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Perfect Traditional Ikat Sarees to Rock this Maha Visubha Pana Sankranti

Ikat sarees used to be a prevalent fabric and pattern of Tamil Nadu but with time it gained prominence in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha. In each of the state they are known locally. Though not much is known about this textile art form from our ancient history but from cave fresco of Maharashtra, scholars have agreed on the fact that Ikat has existed in 7th century CE, thus has a long history. In Odisha, villages located in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts are dedicated to this tie-and-dye technique and weaving pattern. So, Ikat is one of the most popular forms of saree in Odisha and can be the most apt wear for Maha Vishubha Pana Sankranti. This is the New Year day festival, which falls on 14 April, observed by the Hindus and Buddhists in Odisha.
  1. Since this is a holy occasion, try yellow maroon silk Ikat. It is perfect for the morning, especially if you are doing Puja or attending one. Many shops start their balance sheet from this day and throw party in the evening. You can easily steal the show with the elegant looking bright yellow silk saree with gorgeous maroon border and pallu. The golden zari work adds zing to the overall saree. When you team it with right jewelry, kohl painted eyes and a maroon or red bindi, your look will be complete.
  2. When it is a homely affair where no outsiders are coming, but since it is a special day, you are entitled to look special. Go for the traditional black and maroon cotton Sambalpuri Ikat Pasapally saree. It will be easy to manage your cotton saree when you are the one responsible for puja and everything special taking place in home. You don’t have to be conscious of the saree getting soiled which is so usual when you are wearing silk saree. 
  3. This Maha Visubha Pana Sankranti, try white Sambalpuri Ikat cotton saree with red or orange border and pallu. In such sarees, usually there are few vertical or horizontal stripes. This way you can be traditional yet contemporary, simple yet stylish. Team it with some junk jewelry and lac bangles. You can go a step ahead with decorating your hair with red or white orchids. White saree will also beat the excessive Odisha heat. It will be a perfect traditional Ikat saree for the perfect occasion.
  4. Often huge parties are thrown on this auspicious occasion. For such events, the pink traditional Sambalpuri Ikat silk saree with Pasapally and Ikat work in the body and Rudraksh dooby in border serves the purpose best. This is in mulberry silk. Truly, it will be an expensive saree, but once you drape it, you will feel that every paisa spent on the saree is worth it.
  5. The jet black body with traditional Ikat work in grey and maroon pallu and border with Rudraksh and temple motifs is perfect wear for a casual get together at the evening on the auspicious occasion of Maha Vishubha Pana Sankranti. You can wear it for day occasion too, but in the scorching heat, the black saree may make you feel uncomfortable. 
The above mentioned Sambalpuri Ikat sarees are exclusive ones. They are the children of this soil and thus have a great reverence among the people of Odisha. Whether you are from this state or not, but if you want to be one of them, drape one Ikat saree and attend puja or party organized for Maha Vishubha Pana Sankranti. You will not only rock the event but also become a part of them without making any extra effort. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weaving Process of Bengal's Pride Jamdani Sarees

Jamdani is a kind of cotton saree that is worn by women in Bengal. As far as the different varieties of muslin go it is undoubtedly one of the finest. It can be a figured or there may be flowers woven into these sarees. As far as the weavers in both Bengal and Bangladesh go it is said to be the most-artistic textile ever. They are normally woven in brocade loom. Apart from that there is a weft technique that is used to weave these sarees. This particular weft for weaving these sarees can be regarded as a supplementary one.
   
Weft technique of weaving
In this method of weaving Jamdani sarees artistic motifs are used and they are produced by the weavers who use a weft that happens to be non-structural in nature. The weft used normally to weave these sarees is also there in this case. It is supposed to hold together the warp threads. The standard weft plays an important role by creating fabric that is sheer and fine in nature. The supplementary weft has thicker threads and its role here is to add some detailed and delicate patterns to the mix. In this case the weavers add each and every supplementary weft motif manually.

Addition of supplementary weft motif
This addition takes place when the warp threads are interlaced into the warp. For this purpose fine bamboo sticks are used alongwith individual thread spools. As a result of such intricate artwork you see so many different kinds of patterns in these sarees. It looks as if they are floating on a surface that seems to shimmer like there is no tomorrow. There is a remarkable aspect of this particular pattern of weaving – it is not outlined or sketched on the fabric. Rather than that it is drawn on a graph paper and then placed beneath the warp.
Traditional Dhakai Jamdani Sarees of Bengal
Colour palette
The decorative motifs on Jamdani sarees are woven normally in grey and white. Quite often you would also see a combination of golden cotton threads being used. Normally Jamdani work is done on sarees but it can be done on handkerchiefs and scarves as well. It is said that the cloth-weaving technique of Jamdani evolved in ancient Bengal. It is said to be around 2000 years old. It was primarily done on muslins by Bengali Muslims, who started this particular tradition during the 14th century. Normally Jamdani sarees are quite expensive because it takes a lot of time and a whole lot of dedication.

Jamdani patterns
Jamdani patterns are mostly geometric in shape. However, floral and plant-based designs are quite common as well. It is said that these designs came into being around a millennium back. Since such exquisite and painstaking methods were used in order to craft these sarees only members of royal families were able to afford them. However, over time, these patterns have changed. There is no specific date to determine when the floral patterns on Jamdani sarees came into being. It is said however that it was either during the reign of Akbar or his son Jahangir that this work came to be known as Jamdani.

History of Jamdani
Forbes Watson has written a valuable book named Textile Manufactures and Costumes of the people of India, where he has said that these figured muslins were the costliest products of their kind in the looms that operated in pre-Independence Dhaka (then known as Dacca).  Much of this had to do with the fact that the sarees had quite complicated designs. The industry itself started to face some problems from the middle part of the 19th century. However, it still remains very much in fashion today. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Must have handloom cotton sarees to welcome summer

The winter season has left us and summer is supposed to come in soon after Holi. The time is right to think what we are going to wear in the spring and summer seasons. The planning needs to be done primarily keeping in mind the summer season since it is the one season that will last the longest. As far as women are concerned, cotton sarees are going to play a major role in this regard. The beauty of these sarees is that they can be worn to work as well as on special and festive occasions. There are plenty of options that you have in this regard.

As far as cotton sarees are concerned Bengal cotton sits right there at the top. They happen to be the prettiest members of their fraternity. These sarees can be differentiated from others of their ilk by virtue of the way in which they are weaved. Their patterns are also another key component in their unique appeal. These sarees are ones that should be in your collection. These sarees are available in different colors but pink, check, and white are the most preferred options.

Chettinad Cotton
Chettinad Cotton is one of the most popular forms of cotton sarees that you will see in southern India. Compared to other cotton sarees these are a little bit heavier. You would see them normally in grounded and earthy colors. They are colored using dyes prepared from vegetable extracts. For a simple function you can easily team them up with beaded necklaces as well as jhumkas that are light enough by your standard.

Mangalgiri Cotton
These beautiful sarees come from Andhra Pradesh and are basically synonymous with the said province. These are basically starched cotton sarees and the shine on their borders, as well as their gleam, are second to none. The way in which these sarees are weaved is different as well. They originate in a town named Mangalgiri, located in the Guntur district.

Chikankari Cotton
When you are talking about Uttar Pradesh the Chikankari Cotton sarees are the most obvious choice as far as wearing in the spring and summer seasons is concerned. These sarees have some fantastic embroidery, the kind which you may have not seen before. The embroidery is intricate and detailed to say the least. The sarees are mostly available in pastel colors. Pink and blue are the most preferred shades as far as these sarees is concerned.

Kota Cotton
Kota Cotton sarees originate in Rajasthan, a state well known for its colors. These sarees are really light and that makes them a dream as far as wearing them is concerned. Apart from that, they are quite pretty as well. These sarees offer an unmatched variety with regards to borders and prints. You can easily wear them to functions as well as on a day out. The best thing about all these sarees is that they look fabulous even with little ornamentation. You can wear them will dull gold as well as oxidized jewelry.

Some dos and don’ts  
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you are wearing these sarees. First of all, never wear too much jewelry with them as that can significantly ruin your look. One of the commonest problem in India is the general acceptance accorded to the saying the more the merrier. Little do they realize that this does not always apply! Cotton sarees by themselves are quite sophisticated and elegant – there is really no need to add to them with over-the-top accessorizing. It is really time that you know and understand that what kind of ornamentation suits what you are wearing. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why Kantha stitch sarees of West Bengal are always in demand?

The kantha sarees are in a great way responsible for the fact that folk art of Bengal has remained healthy and alive. Of late, this form of sarees has seen a significant increase in its demand. The motif designs that you see typically in the katha sarees are normally hand embroidered. Apart from sarees, kantha stitch is also used in other dresses that women wear such as kurtas, lehengas, and salwars to name a few. These sarees can be made of cotton, which is more often than not of the finest variety, as well as silk.

When are these sarees worn?
Most of the times, these sarees are worn during festivals considering the fact that kantha stitching is a traditional folk art in these parts. They are also worn during various cultural events as well as family gatherings. When you wear one such saree you would feel prettier and more proud.

How has it spread to the rest of the world?
In the last few decades a lot of people have been migrating from India at an increasing rate. They are going away to different parts of the world. Apart from this, there are places that had been colonies previously and have sizeable Indian populations as a result of that. Therefore due to this movement people around the world have been coming in contact with Indian culture. This has also afforded them the chance to look at various examples of Indian handicraft. This includes kantha stitch work as well. In fact, people in the West have been showing a fair amount of interest in kantha work as such. A lot of women are wearing sarees as well and all these factors have come together to make kantha work popular in various parts of the world.

Fabric of kantha sarees
As has been said already these sarees are made from silk and cotton. In traditional kantha you will definitely see a lot of layers and this is one feature that you will see in the modern pieces as well. However, there has been a major departure from the past. These days, new clothes are used to make kantha sarees. Along with West Bengal, kantha work is also done in Bihar, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. You will find this work in Bangladesh as well.

West Bengal Famous Kantha-Embroidery Work

Borders in these sarees
The borders that you get to see in kantha sarees represent the highest points in hand embroidery and needle work done in India. The borders can just be thin strips that have single line designs. They may as well be broad with multiple line designs. The best thing about these line designs is that they can be quite different compared to each other. In some of these sarees you will see that the same running design has been placed in all the four sides. In some other sarees you will see two borders have been placed in a longitudinal manner, and two have been placed along the wider part of the saree.

One of the commonest misconceptions about kantha sarees is that the designs are always mythological. It cannot be farther from truth. There are various other kinds of designs that can be seen in these motifs. You will get themes such as the following:
  • circles
  • flowers
  • the letter X
  • betel-leaf
  • barfi
  • butterfly   
You can get designs of vegetables such as mango, orange, bitter gourd, and pineapple on the motif borders of these sarees.

Stitches in these sarees
In these sarees, the running stitch used traditionally is accompanied by other kinds of stitches like the chain, double herring-bone, herring-bone, and the cross. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

10 ways to keep style and fashion your regular Salwar Kameez

Following are 10 style tips that you can follow and revitalize the look of the salwar kameez that you wear each and every day in your life:
  • Teaming it up, improvising
  • Using the traditional angrakha
  • Using the cotton anarkali
  • Wearing the short kurta
  • Wearing a sharara
  • Wearing an asymmetrical kurta
  • Wearing a straight kurta
  • Styling it with a jacket
  • Wearing a sherwani suit
  • Wearing a full-length salwar kameez

Teaming it up, improvising
There is no law that states that you should wear a salwar kameez in a traditional manner each and every time you wear it. You can do something that pleases you, makes you happy, and create your own fashion trend in the process. A dash of improvisation will always make your appearance a special one. For example, you can use a kurta, which happens to be rather plain and straight, and then team with a pair of palazzo pants.

When you wear it you will feel the difference and others will as well. Fashion experts these days are asking women and girls to avoid leggings since they happen to be boring and passé. This is why, as far as they are concerned you should be letting go of them at times. They always say that you should be wearing your style on your sleeves.

Always try styles that are different to the normal practice, and are thus unique. Try colours that are striking contrasts of each other. You can also give yourself an ethnic look with such efforts.

Indian Salwar Kameez are very famous for your fashion wear
Using the traditional angrakha
You can never go wrong with the traditional angrakha, which is not a mundane piece of clothing by any stretch of the imagination. This style will surely make you feel different and unique. Apart from being a distinct style this dress also gives you a sense of royalty that is something that you will never sense in a normal salwar kameez.

If you have areas in the body that you consider weaker parts of your appearance, such as a bulging midriff or a heavy hip, then you should definitely give angrakhas a go. Angrakha has a fusion of neck designed like a V and features an overlapping pattern as well. This means there is far greater focus on your kameez than the so-called weaker parts of your body.

However, if you have heavy breasts then you should not be wearing an angrakha. The main reason for such a statement is the fact that the layers of the angrakha will make sure that your breasts look bigger than they actually are. It is ideally suited for women who have an hourglass shape or are generally petite.

In these cases, the extra layers would actually enhance your body shape and make you look more attractive in the process.

Using the cotton anarkali
As far as elegant party wear is concerned anarkali happens to be a popular choice among women. However, this anarkali also has a sister who can be worn on a daily basis and is much more subtle in appearance. This one is called cotton anarkali. You can do up these anarkalis in the best way possible and just let the glitter do all the work for you.

You can be sure that with an anarkali you will always look stylish. They are comfortable as well – yet one more thing that works for these wonderful clothes. The best part of it all is that when you wear an anarkali you will never look over the top. There is an inherent class to this dress that is so comforting. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

10 Types of Saree Pallu Draping Style

A lot of us remember the way Priyanka Chopra wore the saree in the song Desi Girl in Dostana. We all remember how gorgeous and sensuous she looked in that traditional dress that has been identified with women in India for centuries. The speciality of that particular saree was that she had worn it over a bikini blouse.

Tickling the imagination
In that appealing garment that measured six yards Chopra set many a heart aflutter throughout India and beyond. She just looked out of the world. In fact, over the years a number of celebrities from around the world have worn the saree to stunning effect. The list includes names such as Victoria Beckham, Pamela Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton, and Selena Gomez. They have worn the saree and given the traditional Indian dress a smashing new look. They have refreshed things up like anything.

Why is a saree so special?
As far as dresses for women in India are concerned there is hardly any other piece of clothing that reflects the sheer feminine appeal of Indian women like sarees. It really complements them unlike anything else will ever do. Over the years fashion trends and clothes have come and gone but saree has remained one constant in the wardrobe of most women in India. Whenever an Indian girl wants to feel feminine and look stunning saree is her first preference.

Where can you wear a saree?
A saree can be worn just about anywhere. This is what makes it so special. You can wear it to special occasions such as wedding ceremonies, farewells in colleges or even on formal events such as office parties. Saree is a versatile dress and will suit any occasion to the T. However, as excited you may be by the prospect of being able to wear a saree, if you do not know how to drape one then you can be sure that things would go bad pretty soon. 

Butterfly Style Saree Wearing
Styles of draping pallu

Following are the 10 best styles in which you can drape the pallu of your saree:    
  1. Nivi style
  2. Front Pallu or the Seedha Pallu
  3. Mermaid Style
  4. Bangla Style Saree
  5. Half Saree, Two-Piece Saree or Half Lehenga
  6. Retro, Wraparound or Mumtaz Style Saree
  7. Contemporary Neck Wrap Saree Style
  8. Butterfly Style, Bollywood Style or Short Patli Style   
  9. Northern or Floating Style
  10. Tribal Styles

Nivi style
This is said to be the easiest style for wearing a saree. It belongs to Andhra Pradesh originally and is especially good enough for women who are new to wearing a saree. In this kind of style, the saree happens to be well-draped. The pallu is pinned in a beautiful way to the part of the saree that covers your shoulder. The form in which the saree is pleated is beautiful as well. There are a couple of ways in which you can sarees in this style. Those two styles are Kacchanivi and Modern Nivi. In Modern Nivi the drape is simple and pallu is pinned to the shoulder.

In Kacchanivi the pleats are supposed to pass through your legs and are then tucked to the back of your waist. This covers your legs and also allows for free movement. There are a few tips that you can consider in this particular case. You can use a fancy pin in order to pin up the pleated pallu. You can also pair this with Cholo, a sort of blouse worn by Nepali women, and thus freshen up your entire look. This can really create a fantastic fusion, and will also help you stand out from the crowd. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

12 types of color combinations saree which look beautiful on Indian skin complexion

There are too many problems with being a dusky woman in India. Since the country is a tropical one more than 70 per cent of the people here are dusky as it is. In spite of that India and Indians are always obsessed with fair-skinned people, and women in particular. If you take a good look at the entertainment world around you, you would see that the focus is on being fair – even dusky people are looking to become fair. However, the dusky ladies are slowly taking over as evidenced by the rise of the likes of Deepika Padukone.
   
White
White is one colour that always looks great on the dusky Indian women. In fact, the contrast of the dusky Indian hew with white only enhances the beauty of the woman who wears it.

Cream
Cream is also one colour that looks really gorgeous on dusky women. In case of women with a fair complexion it only enhances the overall appeal but the effect, in all, does not really compare to the effect that it has on dusky skin tones. The dark skin of Indian women presents a fantastic background to the light cream colour.

Teal green
Teal green is a rare shade of green – one that has remarkably-low intensity. As opposed to other shades of green this one looks the best on the dark-skinned Indian women.

Red
Going by normal convention red is not a colour that one would suggest to a dark-skinned Indian lady. However, it is 2017 and it is time to change the rules. If one can wear it in the right way then red can actually act as a complement to the dark tone of Indian women. A lot of women – especially celebrities – often wear minis in blood red and it looks really good on them.

Yellow
There are different shades of yellow and not all of them are meant for women with dark skin. For example neon yellow is not a colour that dusky women would look good in. However, sunflower yellow would look really good on them.

Cobalt blue
As may be said in case of green and yellow, blue comes with many shades as well. Dusky ladies may not look so good in deeper hues of blue such as midnight blue or royal blue. However, they normally look chirpy and bright in cobalt blue.

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Sea green
Once again, the darker shades of green may not suit dusky women so well. Vibrant colours of green like sea green normally suit them better. However, in this case a lot depends on the dress as well.

Grey
Till a few days back grey was not supposed to be even regarded as a colour. It was supposed to be a light and dull colour. However, times have changed now and grey appears to be a colour in fashion. In fact, dusky women look stunning in grey.

Mauve
Mauve is also one of the few colours that look really good on dusky women. In case you happen to have a dress designed by someone like Tarun Tahiliani it will only appear to be even better.

Black
Black is one of the few colours of the world that look good on just about anyone. However, it is always advisable that dark women refrain from wearing the dirty colours of black. They should ideally go with jet black and shimmering black.

Beige
Beige is a light colour that is used predominantly in England. It looks okay on fair women but looks much better on the dusky Indian women. You should always western clothes in beige. The bright colours should ideally be kept away for the various Indian celebrations and events like marriages, sangeet, mehendi, etc.