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Bidri-The Magic of Inlay Work
It is believed that Bidriware, was introduced to Indian in the 14th and 15th century under the Bahamani Sultans who ruled over Bidar in present day Karnataka. It apparently has its origins in ancient Persia and was brought to our country by the followers of  Islamic scholar, and philosopher Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti who was instrumental in establishing the Chishti Order of Sufism in the Indian subcontinent.
10 Strange and Bizarre Things Used to Make Jewellery
While writing another blog post, it set me thinking as what other than things can jewellery be made of? Indeed, I am not referring to gold, silver or other metals. Nor do I mean handmade jewellery made of fabric, paper,...
The Imperfect Handloom Saree
A gentle lady in her mid-thirties came to our ‘Experience Centre’ a while ago. She loved a Tussar silk saree. As is the norm, we lovingly helped her drape it and admire herself in our King sized mirror before she...
Handmade Jewellery to go with all Occassions
The scope of converting, recycling and up cycling old or leftover fabric from blouse pieces, suit material, bed covers, pillow covers, worn out dupattas and sarees,to make handmade jewellery is mind boggling to say the least. Here some ideas and designs to get you going.
Checks Sarees are Back in Fashion
It indeed is time to skim through our mother’s and grandmother’s wardrobe to take out those timeless beauties in pure handloom checks! And if they refuse to part with them, which is highly unlikely, just go out there and treat yourself to a brand new checkered 6 yard drape.
Innovative Ways of Saree Draping – 4 Saree Lovers Have done it All
From the hallowed search section of social media, here are some of our favourite divas who’ve put their own spin on the classic drape and turned heads doing it...
The Motifs of a Kalakshetra Saree
It takes 18 days to weave a genuine Kalakshetra Saree. A typical Kalakshetra  saree design is the mubbhagam—wherein the sari is divided into three equal parts. Namely, the upper and the lower parts framing the borders.  The traditional motifs include...
Bollywood Actress Who Love to Wear Sarees
The versatility and popularity of the Indian saree is evident from the Bollywood celebrities who wear it on a more or less regular basis for events, festivals, and weddings. Film personalities showcasing the best of drapes! Here is a look at some of the celebrities we love to see in a saree.
Top Ten Saree Bloggers Sure to Get You Draping
Do you love the idea of wearing a saree but can’t seem to get around to draping one? To put an end to your woes, here is a list of ten bloggers who make this timeless garment their own! Classic...
6 Reasons to Choose a Saree Over a Lehenga For Your Wedding
Fashions come and go. Ghararas give way to shararas and lehengas give way to heavy salwar-kameez but a saree especially a traditional Indian handwoven, handloom saree never loses its charm. It simply defies all fashion trends.
How to Preserve Your Handloom Sarees

How often should one wash a handloom saree? How to store a handloom saree? And what are the best ways to preserve your precious handwoven saree? Here are the answers to all the questions.

How To Keep Your Handloom Sarees As Good As New
One wedding you attend, and that oil stain on the palla gives you a heart ache. Or  the divine Chanderi you kept folded for months, wears and tears along the folds. Of course, the easiest way to undo the damage is to send it promptly to the dry cleaner. However, have you wondered what did our mothers and grandmothers do in the absence of such luxury?
Five looks for the Diwali and Wedding Season
Half the festive fun is in dressing up in a show-stopping outfit, isn’t it? In our quest for the perfect ensemble, we often tend to overlook a garment that looks beautiful on every occasion and every body type – the timeless and elegant saree.

We have gone all nine yards and more to curate a list of five different looks to up your saree game this festive season.
Know Your Weaver - Ramesh Padiyar, Craftsman of Khanderai
Powerloom mein paisa hai pan mazaa nahi aata (Money is easy in power loom but there is no satisfaction)
How to Choose a Banarasi Saree for Your Wedding

For brides, the wedding day is the most mesmerizing day of their life and on that day, they want to look stunning, royal and the most beautiful women on earth.

Women in India usually prefer to wear this 6-yards Banarasi masterpiece for almost every occasion and will always want to keep enough Benarasi Sarees in their wardrobe.

Manjusha Paintings

Manjusha, meaning a ‘boat’  is a lesser known but a beautiful folk art of Ang Region of Bhagalpur, Bihar. It is practiced predominantly by the Malakar & Kumbhkar Castes.  What makes it stand apart from other art forms of the region is that it uses only three colours-Pink, Yellow, and Green. The paintings are also called Angika Painting, Snake Painting & Manjusha Kala. Read on to know why they are called so.

 

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Apatani And Other Weaves That Are Still Indegenious
The saving grace, however,  is that the ancient art still exists because the tribal still prefer to wear ethnic dresses in this contemporary world of fashions.
Ahimsa Silk - The Peaceful Eco-Friendly Fabric
Have you made any saree which had not resulted in the killing of any silkworms?
Koraput - The Weave with Healing Qualities
The more one gets into Indian weaves, the more one gets mesmerized with their stories of origin, evolution, and development.
Aath Haath Koraput Saree-Worn for Hunting
Indian sarees have such delightful stories behind them that they are worth a hear and a share. The ‘Aath Haath’ saree of Koraput or Kotpad, Odisha is one such saree.
Know Your Weaver - Bharat Jain, Traditional Weaver
An engineer by profession, this youngster became a missionary 5 years ago. He received his training in this craft, from the interiors of Madhya Pradesh. He himself provides training to his now expanding team.