BACK TO BASICS
One thing of the many that we have learnt in 2020 so far, is about the value of going back to basics. This brings an appreciation of withdrawing from excesses, gratitude for all we have and recognising the beauty of crafts that steer away from fast fashion.
There is no denying the work involved in creating bandhni. Here, this craft is presented in it's simplest yet contemporary form, allowing it to be worn daily, to work or out, in versatile ways. Made with pure silk or cotton-these subtly harmonise tradition.
The range used to inspire you this week-can be brought in any size and become a staple within your wardrobe,just in time for summer. Tops are around $100 and Dresses around $300 NZD.
Contact us if any are of interest.
THREE PART SERIES: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART: KANJIVARAM
This week, in the final of our 3 part series promoting the art of hand-loomed textiles; we focus on the ever-green silk sarees of the South.
Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram Silk sarees get their name because they are a traditionally woven silk from a village called Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India.
The shine and durability of the fabric have made these sarees popular among women across the globe. Weavers take a silk thread and twist a silver thread over the thread, after which it is dipped into pure gold to make the normally, wide zari border. The border and sheen are features that distinguish these sarees from many other types of silk sarees made in India.
The time consuming art of hand-looming the silk and zari threads mean that these sarees tend to be expensive (for genuine, high quality products) and last for years without losing their shine.
THREE PART SERIES: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART: PATOLA
Last week, we put the spotlight on 'Kalamkari' and this week we'd like to share more about one of the most expensive and intricate textile art that is known as 'Patola'. We hope this raises the profile and appreciation of the skill and time involved in creating these contemporary styles so we can keep these art forms alive.
Read more about Patolas after the pics and next week we look forward to showcasing the art of the Kanjeevaram.
THREE PART SERIES: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE ART: KALAMKARI
For the next 3 weeks, we'd like to put the spotlight on some of the 'not so modern' forms of textile art that comes from amazing craftspeople in India. Appreciation of the skill and time involved and seeing it used in contemporary styles, we hope will go some way towards maintaining 'demand' and keeping these art forms alive.
Read more about Kalamkari after the pics and next week we look forward to showcasing the art of Patola.
We also would like to mention that we support DwarakaPlus who help impoverished women in Bangalore who hand-paint Kalamkari on textiles using natural vegetable dyes to create our Shara saree bags.
Look out for a few Kalamkari pieces we'll be bringing to our next Pop-Up
(Mon 3- Sun 9 Aug at Ponsonby Central).
Kalamkari is a type of hand printed or hand block printed cotton textile. It refers to the ancient style of hand painting that is done with a tamarind pen, using natural dyes. Literal meaning of Kalamkari is kalam, which means pen and kari which refers to craftsmanship and was born out of an art of story-telling.
Kalamkari art is 3000-year-old, upheld in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It specifically depicts epics tales from Hindu mythology such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata but also depicts Buddha. Kalamkari is eco-firendly and involves earthy colors such as indigo, green, rust, black and mustard.
There are two unique styles of kalamkari art, namely, Srikalahasti and the Machilipatnam style. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, in which the pen or the “kalam” is used for freehand drawing and filling in the colors, is a complete handwork art.
Machilipatnam style of Kalamkari craft involves vegetable-dyed block-painting of a fabric.
Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh are two prime states where two different types of Kalamkari designs are practiced. Andhra Pradesh borrows its Kalamkari design inspiration from forts, palaces and temples, along with animal and bird motifs; while Gujarat borrows its Kalamkari design inspiration from mythological characters.
India is renowned for his handlooms fine silks. They are commonly worn as a traditional saree and now also made into easy contemporary wear. Stunning colors always. The combinations are endless.
My favorite from the selection this week is the pink lehenga with the black blouse and dupatta. Simple yet stunning.
The best about buying such ensembles is the mix-and-match options and creating such amazingly different looks. Get in touch to bring together such looks.
If your wardrobe is still missing a pastel organza piece of magic, then this is the time to get that sorted. The combination of pure organza with hand embroidery in the same light tones creates layer upon layer of luxurious comfort, beautiful elegance and easy, light-weight-wear.
Like a pure silk, a pure organza can be passed down and loved by multiple generations.
Connect with us when you're ready to choose your favorite pastel shade, the blouse style that works for you and we can sort out the rest and have you ready for next summer.
A LITTLE SPARKLE GOES A LONG WAY
The current mood needs a bit of a lift and nothing better than some subtle but sure sparkle handwoven into 6 yards of pure luxury. You have to give credit to the talented craftspeople who can take traditional textiles and add a contemporary edge that keeps these fresh and in demand.
Weaving gold and silver threads into 'bandhani' hand knotted fabrics and into the 'pallu' transform simple bold sarees into wearable art form.
Hope these provide inspiration for future wear. Indian suppliers are now opening up and are also longing for business so they can prop up their craftspeople, who require support to regain their sole lost income.
GOT THE BLUES
When made in NZ is just not an option for procuring hand-loomed and cotton silks; there is no better choice than to support the origins of these natural and pure fabrics and talented workers.
This week we showcase the gorgeous hues of blues. Made from a blend of cotton-silks (chanderi weaves), these are just so comfortable to wear and the stunning blue color moves them straight into the must-have category.
Fresh and vibrant, picking one of these easy to wear designs are a great way to support the India 'karigars' as they come out of lock-down, and prepare for the summer season ahead.
LAYER IT ON
Taking to the flounce doesn't always mean you'll only look soft and feminine-it can also create a sophisticated look, fit for any occasion.
From the pretty lilac version of frills and layers to the monochrome option of grace, you won't ever regret introducing one of these into your wardrobe.
Let us know when you're ready to give this look a try.
SHORT & SWEET
These short jackets illustrate how versatile a stunning little addition can make to transform an entire look. A wise investment that can be thrown over jeans to keeping you snug and glam during a winter night out.
TIED UP BUT FREE
These belts and self-tie blouses provide a no-fuss alternative way to drape the saree while retaining their elegance and flattering shape.
If you're keen to try one, we have the lime yellow one in stock. It's truly glamorous.
Lehengas may come and go- the fishtails, cancans, tight, loose, flare, tiered etc. But you cannot get away from the fact that they make life that bit easier, as a good alternative to the saree. The three examples below also show how the dupatta can be worn to create a saree-look-alike.
The bold block colors, with blended borders adds to their timeless elegance. Lightweight and super comfortable in a silk/cotton mix, they are a delight to wear and be seen in.
Hand woven silk options
These handwoven silk lehengas are a great option for weddings and receptions alike and perfect for daytime or evening events.
It's even more important than ever to support the artisans who create these beautiful pieces for us, given the impact has been huge on them during their lock-down.
Here are some great alternatives for a wedding dress or a reception outfit to an upcoming nontraditional wedding.
Keeping the beauty of handcrafted mirror work, simplicity and natural fabrics without losing touch with gracious style makes these a perfect alternative.
Our aim is to present options which recognise that
exceptional and ethical style is no coincidence
THE SILK ROAD TO STYLE
This week we've selected some classic silk pieces that are guaranteed to be pulled out for any event that demands comfort, style and elegance. Take these to a dinner party or mehndi night to a reception, they will not let you down.
The handloomed pure silks provide the ultimate in comfort and the best way to contribute towards natural ways of wearing.
We hope they inspire you to choose well.
HAND EMBROIDERY AT ITS FINEST
We were fortunate enough to visit Lucknow earlier this year-the city of Regal hand-embroidery, known as chikankari.
The tradition handed down for generations, sees mainly women creating beautiful designs in between performing household chores, while another person will come to collect these fabrics, take them for stitching, another for dying, one will wash and hang to dry, while another with sell.
This week we showcase some fine chikankari work, resulting from excellent design, followed by print outlining the design, followed by beautiful hand embroidery.
We met some extremely talented people and as a result are able to source some of these beautiful, unique pieces for you if you wish.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
When we can use a blend of handwoven Indian fabrics to create such simple, yet stunning-wear; we are enjoying the best of both worlds.
This time we've picked items that you would find easy to pull out and wear to a party or engagement and turn up with understated style and elegance.
Breaking stereotypes is a choice and privilege when presented with such great options.
With so much going on, it's natural to look towards 'easy-wear' without losing the edge of sophistication and glamour.
This week we feature items that show how simply put-together outfits with belts, worn with minimal fuss are the way to go. Watch out for the little details that makes each one stand out from the crowd.
This week we bring you a series of Blues which are made of pure cottons and silks. As a result they are beautiful for the skin and the planet.
And being hand made means they keep alive the craftsmanship which we are keen to support.
It's getting easier to source exceptional and ethically styled products, so enjoy these.
The equivalent of the essential little black dress, is that very special blouse that turns the most subtle saree or lehenga into something worth a second glance.
So, if you're up for it, invest in these 'little' beauties and make use of those forgotten sarees.
Linens through thick and thin
Whether heavy weight or fine, linens never disappoint. Back is the additional hand-embroidery or edging that adds a little special touch to these blue staples in every wardrobe.
NOT YOUR USUAL GIFTS
It's getting harder to find gifts that are just that little bit special, hand-made, personal and useful.
We've pulled together a mix of items to get you thinking about getting the perfect token of love and joy for someone special.
It's nice enough to get something gorgeous and 'sustainable' such as this, but consider engraving a special message on the lid and you will be forever remembered.
Whether a gorgeous multi-colored clutch or organic cotton dress, these pieces are hand-made and make both gifting and receiving, a pleasure.
ACCENT ON ACCESSORIES
It is true that the dress is incomplete without the shoe. The power of the add-on accessory is clear and strong, as seen in the items we've selected to inspire you this week.
They may be small but they speak volumes. The craftsmanship involved in these is particularly noticeable. Enjoy and try out something a bit unusual next time. Playing it safe never achieves great things.
Gorgeous colors and tiny mirrors will brighten up any basic outfit and add glamour to your feet.
Truly the versatile (and in this comfortable too) accessory.
An Indian wardrobe deserves to have at least one special Potli.
Then there is the Patola potli! Patola is a reknowned and prized classic piece of textile art. Threads are pre-dyed before the handlooming even commences, then looming brings together the pattern.The single ikat creates a one dimensional pattern whilst the more valued double ikat, is more intricate and adds depth to the design.
Gift someone a patola potli and you'll hold a special place in their heart- guaranteed!
BELT ME UP
We're back from a fabulous sourcing trip and grateful for the opportunity to meet with talented artisans and understand more about the journey of their crafts.
That leaves us more inspired to support them by encouraging a pause to choose and ensure their age-old traditional craftsmanship is not lost.
THE BELT IS BACK
We found a high demand for belts. When worn with a saree, they not only allow numerous ways of becoming more hands-free but they actually look great, clean and flattering. They can be made to match the saree or use a plain one for versatility and a modern look.
Here are some inspiring examples. So go on-start experimenting.
We also brought a few belts back so check out our "Available Now" page for these, and remember you can also order anything particular you maybe after. Enjoy!
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE
SOURCING JOURNEY #1- WE'RE OFF TO INDIA
We are so excited to get to Source From The Source.
This visit will allow us to meet the artisans themselves, source from them and see how they create the beautiful items we bring back for you.
We will share their stories with you while we're on the ground.
Here is your chance to let us know what you would like us to keep an eye out on while we're right there. Either place an order for us to get you something special and specific for you, or your family or show us some pictures of the types of things you'd like and we can let you know when we come across them.
CONTACT US TODAY SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT
LET US TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF PICKING OUT THE BEST FOR YOU WHILE WE'RE VISITING THE ARTISANS THEMSELVES.
The home of Chikankari
Hand embroidery at it's finest. On pure georgette or cottons. Every color under the rainbow to choose from.
Whether a kurti set, anarkali dress, exquisite lehenga or saree, we can pick out the best match for you.
WE WILL VISIT THE ARTISANS AND CONTACT YOU WHILE THERE SO YOU CAN VIEW THE OPTIONS AND CONFIRM YOUR ORDER.
DON'T MISS OUT-AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS DOESN'T COME AROUND OFTEN.
The home of handwoven Banarsi pure silks
We'll be headed straight to the weavers. We'll show you how they create the most exquisite of Indian silks. Whether fine fabrics, stitched blouses, lehengas or sarees.
We can make your wish come true-just let us know the color, style, budget range and we'll show you before you choose while we're the ground.
GET IN TOUCH TODAY SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS OFFER
For the finest tribal silver, bandhni and so much more
Jaipur is the city of art-in every form possible. Handmade products from fine cotton throws, to best jewels, marbles, hand-knotted silks in every color. We are so excited to head back there to show-case some of the best of these products.
Whether it's the most gorgeous silver 'jhumka' earrings, boho style vest, mirror work sarees-just let us know your wish-list.
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU'RE AFTER SO WE CAN PICK IT UP FOR YOU WHILE THERE.
Central Fashion Hub
We visit some of the best places to source hand-loomed silks and cottons made into contemporary designs.
This is where we fully appreciate that EXCEPTIONAL AND ETHICAL STYLE IS NO COINCIDENCE.
Kutch, Gujrat is well know for this hand-knotted bandhni work. These modern pure silk tops have been lovingly knotted with sixteen rounds of thread for each dot produced. Then tailored into styles that can be worn often and well.
The use of mirror work to supplement these handmade beauties is just icing on the cake. Let us know if you'd like us to pick up one specially for you while we're in India!
THE POWER OF GLOBAL
A hybrid expression of Indian weaves in local styles allows us to embrace the power of global. These designs are so wearable here but defiantly Indian in their origins.
They beautifully showcase heritage hand-woven, organic textiles using natural dyes and keep alive age-old techniques.
Exceptional and ethical style is no coincidence.
It's what we choose that matters.
PURE ORGANIC COTTONS
These very basic, simple, organic threads of cotton are designed and stitched in ways that look anything but plain Jane.
That's talent and dedication at the source. Worth celebrating and cultivating.
Thanks for keeping a watch-out on this section.
No room for subtlety
Subtle definitely doesn't describe some of these blouse designs, but stunning surely does.
Perfect for bridesmaids, brides,sangeet nights and when the saree needs a charismatic partner.
Check out these pieces for inspiration and remember we can get any one of these for you.
Or alternatively help match up the right pairing for you and organise an entire ensemble if you'd like help with this.
AND HERE COMES XMAS
Well it's not far away and it's time to get any presents you may be need- ordered and sorted.
Here are some gorgeous ideas for those who may enjoy and appreciate hand crafted Indian products and would love something a bit unique and personal.
Let us know if you'd like us to suggest, sort out and wrap up some gift ideas for you.
Gorgeous cotton kantha throws and cushions will brighten up any room. These are made by hand long-stitching multiple sheets of cotton fabrics together. Whether used indoors or out, they will freshen up the place and be appreciated as both a practical and lovely gift for anyone.
Little girls are known to have fallen in love with the pink floral sets, while the black and blue combinations are just stunning. Plenty to choose from-so just let us know your preference.
From copper water bottles to jugs, there is no better way to say 'I love you', than one that promotes good health.
These copper vessels make the perfect healthy gift and are so stylish. You can choose hand-beaten water bottles or pretty painted ones-they are sure to be a hit.
The health benefits of copper are well know and effective.
And for anyone into yoga or pilates; a personalised non-slip mat will be a super hit for sure!
HAND MADE AND DELIVERED
Trays, hand-painted platters or gorgeous stone carved tea-lights make the perfect choice. These are guaranteed to be appreciated.
FLOAT AWAY IN SOFT COTTONS
Nothing beats the soft 'khadi' handwoven cottons of India. Well known for their quality, texture and natural breath-ability, these make an excellent choice for upcoming summer months.
We're happy to source these or any other specific items you'd love.
Paired up with the perfect sandals, these cotton beauties will set you apart in both style and comfort.
IT IS THE SEASON FOR GRATITUDE
It is natural that during the festive season we can oscillate between overindulging and being grateful for all that we have.
This week reflects that gratitude, by focusing on the most natural of cottons that signify 'purity' and simplicity as well as considers how we can minimise wastage. By converting some pre-loved beautiful silks into remodeled garments, we can find joy again in the redefined beauty of these fabrics.
Hope these inspire us to experience happiness and gratitude for all that we have whether simple or reused.
These are a couple of styles that show how conversions from old fabrics and pre-loved sarees can bring joy again with revitalised wearable outfits.
NOTE: Re-modelling is one of the services we offer, so talk to us if you would like some ideas or would like us to handle this process end-to-end for you.
Use an old plain, soft saree with a light border to convert into an easy wear casual jumpsuit. Not only will it look stunning, it creates a unique look while being tailored just right for you.
Often people dread the thought of having to wear sarees in preparation for the traditional rituals of the festive season. Well, here are some beautiful examples of how you can create the traditional look but remain comfortable and suitably dressed for the many festive occasions coming up across the next few months.
We'd be happy to bring something special just for you if you fall in love with one of these.
Neither Blue nor Green, this color carries the intrigue and blend of both. So, when worn it leaves a hint of mystery with both the wearer and whatever is worn.
Hope you enjoy these gorgeous pieces and they inspire you to buy one that will see you looking fabulous and mysterious during the upcoming festive season.
WHEN YOU WEAR THE PANTS
These are no ordinary pants. You will not feel normal in them. And neither should you, because these have the additional little touches that set them apart from the rest. Little tassels. Glitz and glamour merge with the easy, comfort of silks and cottons. Layers allow for mixing and matching and for transitioning seamlessly between casual and sophisticated.
And let's not forget those gorgeous drop-chandbali (moon) earrings that help complete the look.
DRESS ME UP OR DOWN
These dresses are proof that this humble one piece can provide an easy way to dress your way up or down for any occasion.
These particular dresses are designed and made in Jaipur using organic cottons, silks and colors. This company only uses sustainable resources and packaging when shipping and we love to support them because they provide ongoing work for each part of the supply chain, within a 5km radius of Jaipur city.
Let us know if you'd like an exquisite piece for yourself.
On Silk Road
This week's gorgeous inspirations remind us about the versatility and evergreen beauty of silk.
Here they are presented as both non-traditional suits and skirt sets that will not just set you apart from the crowd, but provide you with practical and wearable styles that won't date.
Let us know when you're ready to wear Indian handloom silks designed into hybrid creations just for you. We make to measure and ensure your selected item brings you joy.
Mummas-to-be don't have to trade in looking fabulous. In fact hand loomed cottons and silks are just the perfect answer to the need for comfort and fuss-free dressing while carrying precious cargo.
These options are for anyone you know, entering motherhood and looking for a relaxed upcoming summer.
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The blue and white dance
These two colors are a perfect partnership, remaining fresh and clean across the years. So checkout these indo-western versions that are not just easy to wear, they are hand loomed and are an irresistible way to wear Indian.
Team them up with the perfect drop earrings and you've got yourself the perfect outfit for any occasion-a dinner party, sangeet wedding night or reception.
We can help you get this look sorted-seamlessly!
PLEATS & EMBROIDERY
There's always a preference for easy to wear, soft natural fabrics. Just add a bit of embroidery, a few ruffles and pleats and you transform from plain to something eye-catching.
These black and beige pieces show the versatility of having separates in the wardrobe that can be mixed and matched, and highlights how the art of hand embroidery can create magic.
The lime silk fabric with subtle cut-work makes this a versatile top that can just as easily be worn to work as it can take you through to a dinner evening. Perfect as an AM-PM piece.
This black top is a true example of hybrid- using hand embroidered fabric to create a contemporary piece that won't date. Classic colors of natural and black tones also ensures it will get pulled out and used often.
Draping a saree takes some getting used to, help and practice. You can either take the easier way to achieve the graceful look that a saree is known and worn for, and can get some ready-drapes like in these examples.
All you need is some 'jhumkas'
Like the little black dress is an essential in every wardrobe; so are some go-to Indian inspired earrings that will let any outfit rise up to a chosen occasion. Here are three different styles that work well to add that special touch to a day or night outing and you can get them in silver tones to keep it more casual.
MIRRORS THAT MAKE YOU SPARKLE
Fine mirror work is a sure way to sparkle without being over the top. These classics in off-white will never date and their subtle hand-woven work can be happily passed down through generations. A worthwhile investment.
DAY AND NIGHT
These pieces show that mirror work is just as effective for evening as it is for day wear.
The black outfit is stunning for obvious reasons created by the contrast and glamour that comes only with black.
And the light striped lehenga would be a breeze to wear.
THE INDIAN DAILY
This week we bring you ideas to make "indian" wearable on a daily basis.
Designs and fabrics originating from India but so at home anywhere, due to their wearability and the subtle difference in style.
Three in One
Here is a design that packs in so much style and so many options-it would be a great item to own. Layer it up for winter and deconstruct for summer days.
Worn as is or use the top over jeans, with boots or some flats. Let your creative juices flow with this one purchase.
A base dress is invaluable as you can layer it up for so many different effects and occasions. Casual with a denim jacket or jazzed up with the right items, it can take you to a party.
Even adding a potli and jhumkas are a great way to take it to an Indian event. Try it. We even have a Ritu Kumar base option on our "Available Now" page, you might want to check out so you can do just that.
THE ART OF GIFTING
This week we provide some ideas on gifts that are sure to please and show care and thought.
All made in India, you can select the practical or how about the most exquisite pure silk fabric that can be made into anything the recipient desires.
Then there are the most sublime and beautifully packaged Mother & Baby ayurvedic gift sets or one for de-stressing, that is sure to get used.
We are able to help to not just source such items but also make suggestions for the perfect gift that won't be forgotten.
Receptions deserve special treatment. It's the time to celebrate, mix, mingle and generally have a good time. Everyone makes a special effort to turn out looking their best and that doesn't have to involve a lot of bling nor lots of time getting ready.
These options provide food for thought and imagine how such easy-wear items can still make you look super special.
If you're easily distracted by shiny objects then you've come to the right place.
But it's truly worth it when you've got lavish, pure hand woven silks and organzas made into easy wear skirts, pants and shawls that can take you to any special night event.
The inspiration for this week is to recognise how you can convert beautiful fabrics into anything you'd be keen to wear. The perfect reason to take out an old favorite saree and refresh it into another gorgeous creation you'll enjoy in it's revamped state.
All you need to do is add a bit of trim onto some existing silk fabric to turn it into a stunning jumpsuit, wrap dress or modern saree blouse. Remodelling is a great way to enjoy your old favorites yet again.
A girl's best friend aren't always diamonds. These gorgeous natural seed pearls and gemstones are testament that these also hold a special and everlasting place in a girl's heart and wardrobe.
Drawn short as a choker or lengthened for use as a traditional necklace, both provide options for wear with dresses, sarees and shirts. Try them with extra large matching earrings and the mix and match options continue to unfold.
SILK IT STAYS
Regardless of time or changing fashions, pure silks remain a favorite, whether worn by men or women, whether cut to tradition or not. We hope this week's items help to inspire future purchases supporting traditional craftsmanship of Indian origins.
There is something about the classic simplicity of off-white and mirror work that never fails to inspire. These light, subtle ensembles would look just as amazing during a day wedding as an evening reception. And would never date.
KEEPING IT TOGETHER
The pale blouse makes the entire saree outfit stand out rather than use of an alternative colored blouse. Keeping the same color pallette has a soothing, yet striking effect.
We hope these prove that subtle is super stylish.
Although the saree is the ultimate Indian-wear item for special events, there is no shortage of equivalents in kurti pairings. Hope you enjoy imagining yourself in something similar. From pastels that can take you from day events to classic evening combinations. These are not just glamorous, but so much easier to wear and handle at dinners and parties. They are also ideal for mixing and matching, so well worth the investment in a few pieces.
SIMPLICITY IS THE PERFECT BACKDROP
Choosing a simple base, here a tiered, hand loomed chanderi dress or set which you can then dress up or down for any occasion; is the perfect buy.
The filigree gold, light drop earrings and ghungroo bracelet make the perfect gift, as they are a personal statement, something a bit unusual but very wearable.
Let us know if you're looking for something a bit different gift for someone special-as we're happy to provide you with great options within any price range.
WHERE THE BEAUTY LIES
In this outfit the beauty is the color, bright and eye catching. Then the subtle gota work and embroidery is what enhances this along with the sheer dupatta and neckline.
It's just the right touch for a sangeet night or wedding.
THE PERFECT ACCESSORY
Gone are the days when blouses were made from matching saree fabrics. Now a blouse is the perfect accessory for mixing and matching and you can justify spending on a few great blouses that will make the plainest saree stand out.
Patolas are mainly made in Gujrat, India. These are costly and previously only affordable by Royalty because of the talent and time it took to hand weave these cloths. Bright, fine silk threads are dyed into patterns BEFORE being woven. The 'single ikat' patterns cost less compared to the 'double ikat' because of the additional intricacy involved in dying multi layered patterns before weaving.
The examples below are double ikat and are still probably one of the most valued and costly handwoven articles available. Their charm and heritage only increases with time. Best worn with a long sleeved piece that reflects their classic glamour.
In the winter months as you head out the door, there is nothing better than wearing an equally comforting accessory that is well renowned for its lightness, softness and warmth. You can also retain a glamorous Indian vibe by using a Pashmina instead of a coat as part of an evening out in a saree or suit.
These pure Pashmina examples show you how a hint of 'gota' adds some sparkle or beautiful embroidery adds everlasting glamour to an otherwise humble shawl.
POTLI: THE PERFECT ACCESSORY
As the mood changes for mixing and matching, for introducing bold colors, for merging the old with the new; this leaves the door open for accessories to take centre stage.
And the perfect accessory which, like earrings, can make or break an ensemble-is the handbag or potli. A potli is so versatile, it can carry off a modern outfit just as well as a traditional saree.
The colors and fabrics are wide ranging and the workmanship is admirable in some of these pieces. Hope you enjoy imagining how these might work to create that special look. Contact us if you'd like one for yourself or to source the perfect gift for someone special.
NOT TO BE LEFT BEHIND
It's clear when attending weddings that some parents struggle to find comfortable yet stylish Indian clothes for their children.
So we've pulled together a few very affordable options, which most importantly are made from soft, pure fabrics, meaning your little ones don't have to feel uncomfortable or restrained.
Contact us if you'd like to ensure your children or grandkids don't get left out when dressing up for special weddings and events.
Soft cottons and silks
These styles and fabrics are perfect for children with skin sensitivities because they are soft and breathe well. Your precious boys will feel and look great in these.
You've just got to admire the craftsmanship of Indian weavers and designers.
A plain saree is taken to new heights when a bright contrast border is added and combined with a floral embroidered blouse.
Then some small mirrors are stitched with gold threads taking natural silks into the realm of never-dating classics.
Tissue silks and great for creating a feminine, textured ensemble while keeping things light and comfortable. Contemporary designs using stripes, dots and checks also keep these as favorites over time.
The little things make all the difference
This little bag would redefine any outfit and lift it from average to high-end.
That's why it's cost effective to spend a bit more on accessories which can be used across multiple ensembles and bring you joy each time you reach for them.
This week we have a line up that will take you to a special dinner party or event without being over the top glitzy or traditional. If you prefer comfort and great fabrics to express your style then you'll love these types of options.
Having some go-to classics in your wardrobe means they'll be worn and loved a lot, by you and others
WEDDING TO RECEPTION
This week we acknowledge the change in season and dressing for the cooler weather without compromising on style. Going to weddings and receptions doesn't have to involve sarees or a lot of hassle. Take inspiration from these beautiful pieces.
We've also added a few ensembles for the men in your life, to consider. It's not easy to find them comfortable, yet styled clothing. That's where we can help- by bringing selected items of your choice, specially from India, for you.
We've also added a few earrings (jhumkas) which is all you need to accessorize when you have an otherwise stunning piece to carry off.
We hope you get some great ideas by looking through these and will reach out to us when you next need something special to wear.
This week we embrace warm tones and layers for daily wear. Alongside this are some very simple sarees. Their blouses, which help turn the complete outfit into anything but simple.
These sarees, light and breezy, worn with a range of blouse designs show the versatility of how 6 yards of fabric wrapped with elegance, can remain fresh year after year.
This week we have chosen quite a few neutral, cream colors because these just never date. Apart from that, they create a great backdrop to showcase accessories and downplay style in the most graceful ways.
We have added some simple, yet sophisticated ensembles too, because a splash of bold color is a must in all wardrobes.
We hope you enjoy these and are inspired. Have a great week ahead.
These pure silks will not just provide comfort and be pulled out to be worn on many occasions; but their style and cut means they will be admired for being a little different and flattering.
DRAPES AND CUTS
If you ever wondered what differentiates special from mediocre; it's how the fabric falls and how flattering the cut is. Of course, color, workmanship and the fabric itself are the other elements that make something super-special. So, check out these items that use cut and fabric to best effect. Unlikely to date with time, these are worthwhile investments, that'll bring you joy for years to come and are so wearable.
PAIRS IN UNISON
These stunning, easy wear coordinates are going to see you through season after season. This boho look doesn't date and the vest is easy to pair with jeans and other dresses.
SIMPLICITY IN GLAMOUR
Glamour doesn't have to get complex.
A little bit of hand-embroidery (which is not only the craze this season; but is always appreciated) and some sheen in organza silks and light weight fabrics goes a long way in creating everlasting elegance and glamour.
Check out some of our favorites this week and just enjoy imagining..........
VERSATILE AND EASY
This type of Mashru silk wrap around blouse does away with the need for the traditional perfect fitting alternatives. Keep it handy in your wardrobe, in this type of versatile color and you can pull it out to mix and match in the cooler or warmer months. Makes it so easy to feel comfortable yet look glamorous, by just adding one special piece to your wardrobe.
Blouses can be just as much a feature as a saree or even be the centre-piece. Better still is that they don't have to be fitted perfectly and so the relaxed cut and styles make these a must, in any saree-loving wardrobe.
EAST & WEST
It's evident that the East and West can coexist. Just take a look at these examples. The use of textures that tell a different story in each option is the reason we are showcasing these, this week.
Although on the surface nothing seems tot extraordinary about these choices, it's the little details that set them apart. The unusual placing of frills across a standard linen shirt or the embroidery that lifts an otherwise basic jacket into something with an antique touch and a shift dress with great panels and patterns.
These full lehenga skirts not just make you feel glamorous, but they combine easy-wear with that feminine, traditional look.
Check out the different blouses along with how you can use the dupatta to create a totally different look. Leaves you with multiple mix and match options.
Baby Loves Organic Cotton
There is nothing more comforting than the feel of soft organic cotton. Specially for the precious babies in our lives.
All parents would appreciate a gift as practical, unusual and gorgeous as these gift sets.
Made in Jaipur.
Nothing beats the classic, pure Banarsi silk dupatta (shawl) in Black. An elegant, ageless accessory for every woman's wardrobe. It'll take you from a casual summer get together to a more elaborate dinner party.
A must have.
This week we bring you a mix of items to inspire you with a range of beautiful things handmade in India by talented artisans, which can be brought out specially for you.
We start out with a mix of grays and silvers. It sounds bland but you'll see they are anything but....because they are easy to merge with brightened silver zari (threads) and colors or you can just wear the classic color with grace and style (like the scalloped hand-loomed saree in the centre).
WHITE AND GOLD
This color combination never dates and will also never let you down. Classy yet it downplays it's own impact. Check out the gorgeous blouse which will easily pair with your favorite jeans or take you out to a special dinner. A wise investment.
INDIA CAN RESIDE IN YOUR HOME
This week we bring you inspiration for the home. A touch of retro, hand-carved mango wood creates a practical yet transformative, yesteryear look to any room.
You will love the warmth of these unusual pieces and they will bring joy the minute you make them your own.
A HINT OF YESTERYEAR
These 'almaris' are perfect for bringing a part and past of India into your home. Not only will it add a touch of classy retro, these are also so practical for storage in a guest bedroom or as part of a living area. You'll feel joy each time your eyes glance their way.
OH SO WEARABLE!
And that is how we like it-easy to wear, comfortable yet sets you apart from the rest. A mix of cottons and silks, with flattering cuts to create smart casual ensembles that will get lots of wear, for sure.
This week we are going to broaden the mix of what we bring to you- to ponder, admire and desire.
The beauty in these items speak for themselves. Included are some stunning evening wear, outfits suitable for a Sangeet party and somethings to make a wall come to life.
We hope you enjoy this selection, just as much as we have enjoyed choosing them.
Practical and Glamorous-is a thing
Every girls' wardrobe needs those go-to items that are easy, practical, comfortable yet oh so glamorous.
See how pure soft silks can help create add-ons that help lift an ensemble from perfectly boring to well-put-together.
Create your own individual styles and looks with such pieces in your wardrobe.
Let the blouse do the talking
A blouse like this no-matter what your size will give you both elegance and set your whole ensemble apart. Made from Mashru soft silk, this color is versatile and the sheen is subtle but totally glamorous.
LAYERS OF GLAMOUR
Sheer and bold layers, ruffles, gathers and ornate hand embroidered zardosi work create amazing ensembles that don't date. In classic colors of gold with ivory or black they are not a piece you would need to part with for years to come.
Mix together with timeless accessories or by adding or removing a layer, you can maximise wearability and style while creating a unique look each time.
BUILDING UP THE LOOK
As a personal shopper we get requests for individual items, but many are looking to create an entire and particular 'look'.
That's exciting because we get creative license to pull together a look that suits the personality of the wearer and even build a bit of adventure into the process for them.
Take a look at how pulling together a few pieces can create an exciting and bespoke ensemble to set you apart.
LONG IS STRONG
Gone is the perception that a long blouse is boring and old fashioned. Here are some examples of what makes them sophisticated, modern and practical and the many ways you can drape for just the right effect. If you don't have one in your wardrobe- it maybe time to create an edge with your ensemble.
Whether with an embroidered or plain blouse, you can't deny that the loose drape saree pleated up at the shoulder, isn't tidy and sophisticated-all in one.
THE SAREE SOIREE
These sarees help demonstrate the versatility and elegance of this garment-regardless of whether it's pure silk, chiffon or georgette. Whether it's worn in a modern drape or classic.
What truly makes it stand-out, is when the wearer owns their own style in the way they carry their ensemble-from their blouse choice to the accessories.
Just take a look at these, to get a sense of how each wearer creates its own unique magic.
A gold, beige saree will never fail to retain its classic charm. Worn by young and old alike, the ultimate magic, is created by the jewelry that accompanies and sets off the understated sophistication of these base colors and weaves.
WEEK OF 3 DECEMBER 2018
A HIT OF PURPLE
Purple is IN this season and these beautiful hand-loomed dupattas are probably the reason why. They are lush and regal in their sheen and splendour.
They are ideal for dressing up a plain lehenga or kurti set.
A wise investment as a statement piece.
PAIRS MADE IN HEAVEN
Take a look at these combinations-they work together beautifully. It's so great to be able to mix and match sarees with other blouses. It opens up a world of options and creativity.
Try it for yourself by adding some unique blouses that can work with existing sarees.
WEEK OF 19 NOVEMBER 2018
WHEN FLOWERS BLOOM
There is something special about integrating nature and flowers into weaves and fabrics, whether for a work day or for a more elaborate occasion. Hope these inspire some future choices about what you'd like to make your own.
Whether pastels or deep shades, large or subtle floral designs, each of these is enhanced by the use of natural flower patterns and colors. Perfect for summer and festive occasions.
INSPIRATIONS FOR THE WEEK OF 12TH NOVEMBER
This hand embroidered chiffon outfit is not just a unique color combination, it's style and textures make it a perfect stand-out piece for a sangeet or wedding event. Why spend the same amount to wear ordinary when you can get a made-to-measure beauty like this into your wardrobe?
With the wedding season looming, let us help you select a gorgeous silk creation you will love owning, wearing and being seen in. Stand apart from the crowds in one of these handwoven silk sarees from Banaras/Varanasi.
WEAR WITH FLAIR, ANYWHERE
These pieces are a reflection of the talent of Indian designers who can use the exquisite range of natural fabrics available at their feet; and turn them into pieces that can be worn anywhere in the world, with flair.
Chic doesn't have to be complicated-sometimes simplicity is the key.
WEEK OF THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER
WHO SAID CHECKS WERE BORING?
This week we celebrate checks-whether classic or contemporary. The examples that follow show you just how versatile checks are and prove they never go out of vogue. Hope these inspire your imagination.
THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER: THE ANCIENT ART OF CHIKANKARI
Chikankari is an ancient form of white floral embroidery, delicate, intricately hand-worked with needle and raw thread.
It originates mainly from the Lucknow region of India.
That is has managed to survive the loss of royal patronage,suffered deeply at the hands of commercialisation and mediocrity, is a tribute to the skill and will of the craftspeople who have handed down the technique to future generations.
This week we showcase some fine handwoven pieces and pay tribute to those who continue to weave this fine art.
INSPIRATIONS FROM WEEK OF 11 OCTOBER 2018
SIX YARDS OF EXQUISITENESS
Some may see the saree as a long piece of fabric. But with the eyes of adoration, they can be viewed and worn as a piece of art, an Indian's heritage symbolising creativity and craftsmanship, worth every cent for every silk and zari thread that is finely handwoven to create each unique, gorgeous outcome.
This week we go back to our Indian roots- the silk saree. Banarasis and Kanjivarams, epitomize elegance. These masterpieces, become heirlooms, handed through generations.
Just a handful of these sensuous expressions of femininity are presented this week to show how versatile these classics can be and remain.
THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER
BRING OUT YOUR BRIGHTEST PAIR
Seasons and fashions come and go, but the reds, pinks and greens never fade from an Indian wardrobe.This summer is no exception.
These examples prove you can wear brightness, with style and simplicity and it doesn't have to involve any bling.
It's also kind of cute to dress as a pair when a suitable occasion presents itself, so check out these bright paired numbers that will get you ready for the festive season ahead.
Whether you decide to pair-up or go solo, get all set to stand out in any crowd.
INSPIRATIONS FROM 27 SEPTEMBER
YOU 'BLUE' ME AWAY
Blue can only be described as a universal color. It is the unwavering trademark of nature and there is no-one who doesn't look good in blue.
It adds a brightness without being overpowering and is never unsightly. Check out these gorgeous new items that are not just easy to wear but they prove (as per the color wheel) that blue and it's opposite- red, go so well together.
INSPIRATIONS FROM WEEK OF THURS 20TH SEPTEMBER
Again this blouse has a few things that set it apart from the standard. Sheer sleeves, ties at the back and a bit of texture-it can be teamed with so many pieces to create a style statement. Again a wise investment in any wardrobe.
The drape of a banarasi is undisputedly flattering, no matter how it’s worn...wear it with a traditional blouse, a modern contrast piece, long or short-sleeves, you just can’t go wrong. Be bold, shine the light on the statement piece you love and wear it in a way you haven’t tried before, so you get pleasure from your beautiful banarasi heirloom today and for years to come.
Banaras the blouse
Here it’s the banarasi blouse piece that brings a saree to life. The simple statement created by the color and sheen of the fabric is all that’s needed to set an ensemble apart from the rest.
Not many people can resist baby and children's clothes and there's a good reason for that-they're just so cute!
Whether for a friend's baby-shower; new born or spoiling your own little darling....time to stop worrying about what they'll be wearing to the next family wedding and get some inspiration from these pics.
And don't worry these come in a range of sizes, including those awkward teenage years. So, get sorted now so you'll have your little ones ready for the festive months ahead.