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.

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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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Best traditional wedding fashion for Kids

One of the best things that you can do as a parent in this wedding season is let your kids be what they are – kids – and let them wear kiddy clothes, ones that they like and happen to be comfortable in. You might be worried sick about what your kids are doing in the wedding – they could be running helter skelter, and jumping down and up. They may also be skidding on their knees, doing this and that on the dance floor. You might not like it but that is what kids do – after all, they are kids. This is especially true of an occasion such as wedding.

The importance of comfort
This is why it is important that your child is as comfortable as he can be. If your child is not a quiet one or does not really listen to you then it makes no sense to gift him some designer clothes or other expensive items. They should ideally be wearing something – and I know that this would sound ironic – that can be destroyed quite easily provided they are going to muck around what they are wearing. It is also important to make sure that they do not look they have been made up too much or be weighed down by those expensive clothes. They should look like kids and not like young models on a runway, right?

Using bright colours
There are plenty of colours that would look good on kids. Some such colours are various shades of pink, corral green, peach, parrot green, and pastels. Basically, they would look good in any bright colour for that matter. However, these colours normally look good during a daytime do. If you are attending a function that is supposed to be held at night then you can go for various kinds of teal, yellow, turquoise, and red for the small, naughty ones.
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Importance of accessorizing
You can always use some accessory or the other and make sure that your kid looks even lovelier than he already is. They would surely look extra cute. You can go for a bow tie for your young gentleman. It would make him look really cool and it would appear that he knows a thing or two about fashion. That would surely fetch him some plaudits, which he would appreciate as well. You can make sure that the bow tie matches the belt that they are wearing.

Matching
If you can get your boy to wear a pair of cufflinks with their favourite cartoon character on them it would make him look even cooler. It would add to their appeal as well. You can also get him to wear traditional shoes like juttis and mojris – that would surely help him stand out from the phalanx of kids wearing boots and sneakers. Just the right choice would make your kid look striking as opposed to smart as most kids normally look at weddings.

Some traditional suggestions
Your kid is a gentleman in the making and you need to acknowledge that as well. More than that, it needs to be reflected in the clothes that you are choosing for your child. He should be wearing colours and cuts that are fit for the kings as well as the richest people around. These are the best suggestions that can be given for this wedding season. They can wear Pathani kurta and salwar or a kurta pyjama that comes in the brightest of colours and also sets the trend for others to follow in future weddings.  In case you are attending a cocktail party he can wear a smart shirt, trousers that fit him well, and half-waist coats.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

10 best wardrobe essentials for college going girls

Jeans is the most obvious choice in this particular category. Girls who go to college wear jeans throughout their freshman years and perhaps later on as well. It is always better to have several pairs of jeans for this phase in one’s life. A lot of young girls in this age group prefer having four pairs. It is important that they fit well.

Denim shorts
Denim shorts are also a good option especially when the weather outside is all warm. In a country with an extended summer season it can jolly well be the best decision that a girl makes. If a girl is staying in a dormitory or a guest house then too it can be a good choice.

Leggings
A lot of college-going girls – especially ones who have worn jeans throughout their freshman years – wear leggings in their sophomore years. However, more often than not they keep wearing a few pairs till they become worse for wear. In fact, it has been seen that quite a few girls have been late in picking up that style but once they have started they swear by them.

Basic tops
Most of the girls who go to college have less space for closets where they can store their clothes. This is why it is very important for them to make the most of what they have by way of wardrobe. This is where the basic tops can come in. Girls can wear them in neutral colours.  
      
Professional clothing
There is much more to professional clothing than just one piece of clothing. However, truth to be told, it is only a single outfit. No matter what kind of degree or programme a college-going girl is studying in it does not hurt to look like a professional every now and then. It ups the style quotient as well.

Idea about college going girl's wardrobe essentials
Sweatshirts
For every girl that is going to a college it is essential to have a hoodie that bears the name and logo of that institution. If they do not have one, they might as well not study over there. The combination of leggings and sweatshirts is a delectable one especially one where it is cool throughout the year and cold in the winters.

Crop tops
A lot of college girls wear crop tops. In fact, it would come as a surprise to many but most girls do not know how to wear one till the time they get to the college and see other girls wearing it as well. A lot of girls wear it during the weekends as well.

Day-to-night dresses  
Quite often it so happens that the schedule at college accumulates pretty quickly. It could be short on one day but reach gargantuan proportions on the very next. There could also be important meetings and homework that come in and swell things up. This is why it is important to have clothes that can be worn round the day.

Sweaters and cardigans
The kind of cardigans and sweaters that a young girl wears to college will depend on her style sense and the kind of statement that they wish to make. However, they are essential for the college-going girl. It is always good to have various kinds of cardigans and sweaters in one’s wardrobe.

Scarves
When college-going girls have a few scarves in their arsenal it only adds to their college wardrobe. It adds quantity and adds value as well. These scarves can be in bright colours and various patterns, and they should be good enough to add zest and zing to the life of the girl who is wearing them. They can be worn together with tees and sweaters.    

Saturday, January 21, 2017

8 stylish Traditional Pongal outfits to dressup in this season

India is a country that is known for its many colorful festivals that spread joy among all members of the family and society. These festivals not only sing the praise of the gods but also celebrate the harvest season and the powers of nature. One of the festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and glory in south India is the Pongal. Pongal is a traditional festival that celebrates the harvest season as well as the powers of nature that produce great crops. It is a major festival in south India that is celebrated by the local people with great ardor. People not only worship the gods but also exchange gifts, eat delicious food and dress up in the best outfits.

Here are some of the outfits that are popularly worn during the festival of Pongal.

Half sarees
Half sarees are extremely popular clothing options for women in south India who love to wear them in almost all major festivals. Therefore it is needless to say that these outfits make a major part of a woman’s wardrobe during the festival of Pongal. As known by the name of Pavadadavani, the traditional form of half saree includes a dupatta, long flared skirt and a choli or a top. Since the dupatta in this outfit is draped like a saree style, it is known as a half saree.

Anarkali suits
Anarkali suits are another popular option for women who love to look great on the festive occasion of Pongal. For some women, this is the perfect outfit for this season as it takes less time to wear. While wearing a saree requires a woman to fix the pallu and the pleats, an Anarkali suit can be worn quite easily without any difficulty.

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Kanjeevaram silk sarees
South Indian women simply love to dress themselves up in gorgeous silk Kanjeevaram sarees during any festival, and the Pongal is no different to this rule. These sarees stand out for their rich artwork of silver and gold threads, which makes them extremely stylish and fashionable. Any woman would simply love to dress herself up in a colorful Kanjeevaram silk saree and then combine it with some gold jewelry items.

Kasavu sarees
The Kasavu sarees or Kerala sarees are graceful south Indian white outfits that are known for their unmatched elegance. These sarees do not have any embroidery done on the borders. The sarees can be combined with white gajra which can be worn on the hairs.

Cotton salwar kameez
For those who would want to dress simple on this day of Pongal, a cotton salwar kameez can be the best choice. There are many colors and designs that a woman can choose from and the salwar kameez can also be combined with matching jewelry. This dress allows women to create a simple but elegant look.

Art silk sarees
Art silk sarees are colorful sarees that are nowadays considered extremely trendy. They are known for their artistic prints. These sarees are preferred by many women as they are quite lightweight and comfortable.

Angavastram
For men, Angavastram remains an important piece of clothing that they wear with their Pongal attire. This is a two-piece cloth that is made from pure silk or pure cotton. Angavastram with zari is often seen as a sign of classic royalty.

Dhoti
The dhoti is a classic Indian traditional outfit that is worn by men during special occasions like Pongal. It is a seven yards long clothing made from pure silk or cotton fabrics and is wrapped around waist and legs. It can be combined with a shirt or a kurta to create a nice look. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why hand woven silk saree is too much costly?

Silk sarees are some of the most beautiful garments that any woman can wear. They are not only known for their royal and majestic beauty but also for the comfort that they provide when they are worn for long hours. Since these sarees have been in production in India for thousands of years, different styles have come up over the years that only bring greater versatility to this ageless piece of cloth. Every part of India is known for the unique type and variety of silk saree that it produces. It is therefore no wonder that the silk sarees are also some of the costliest garments that are currently available in the country.

There are a number of reasons due to which silk sarees are priced so highly in India. First and foremost, creating a hand woven silk saree is no small feat. At first, silk threads are reared from silk worms and their cocoons. This is a process that often takes several days. Around 50000 cocoons are used for making a single silk saree. To feed these silkworms, it takes about one to two tons of fresh mulberry leaves. The type of silk that is produced by the silkworms also depends on the specie itself. For instance, Anetheraea mylitta, Antheraea pernyi and Antheraea yamamai are silkworms that are used for making tussar silk. The Philosamia ricini and Philosamia Cynthia varieties are used for making eri silk sarees. The Antheraea assama is a silkworm that produces muga silk, a unique type of silk thread of golden yellow color. The rearing and harvesting of the silk threads is also an important factor when it comes to determining the quality of the threads.
Hand Woven Silk Sarees of Odisha
Once the threads are gathered, they are then worked on by the artisans and craftsmen of India who weave the threads to make unique pieces of silk sarees. This weaving is also a time consuming task and takes a lot of effort on the part of the artisans. Depending on the nature of the silk threads, the artisans make use of different methods and techniques to produce the sarees and put color on them. Such work takes a lot of effort and careful precision. It is due to such factors that silk sarees come at a much higher price than other forms of garments. A woman wearing these sarees also need to take special care of these sarees to make sure that they remain as good as new for many years.

There is another important reason why silk sarees have always fetched a high price compared to other sarees. The silk fabric has always been associated with a sense of royalty. While cotton sarees were always meant to be worn for everyday occasions, the silk sarees were worn mainly for special occasions such as weddings or religious ceremonies. Even today, women choose to wear them as their bridal outfits on their wedding days. The silk sarees have also been popularized by the queens and princesses of the Indian monarchy that ruled different parts of India over thousands of years.

At present, silk sarees are designed in a wide range of unique styles that cater to the fashion needs of modern women. Even though these sarees come with a high price tag, women in India simply love to splurge on them as they are not only great to wear but also a source of great pride. In fact, any fashion conscious woman has at least a few pieces of silk sarees in her collection that she can wear for special occasions. The glamour that is associated with these sarees help a woman to always stand out in a crowd.