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.
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,...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.