Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Traditional sarees for South Indian Brides

Bridal sarees! The very words evoke myriad emotions at the same time. A bridal saree eventually goes on to become the most special saree a girl ends up wearing in her entire life. This particular attire is at the heart of so many emotions that a girl goes through before her wedding. Will I look good on my wedding day? Will the color of the saree suit me? How will it go with the other accessories? These are just a few thoughts that just refuse to leave a bride’s mind before the D-Day. So, here is a look at the list of traditional bridal sarees of South India.

South Indian traditional sarees for brides: What you need to find out

The south Indian silk sarees are a rage among brides. Muga, Mulburry, Eri and Tussore are the four types of silk sarees preferred by most of the girls out there. Today, we will be discussing a few aspects of the traditional sarees from South India with you so that you can find out whether you would want any of them as your wedding attire or not. After all, it always pays to conduct proper research on the sarees.

Let us tell you that you can find almost all these sarees in most of the southern states of the country. However, when it comes to leading the pack, it might as well be claimed that Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the major hubs selling them.

For real craftsmanship, however, you have to check out other collections like Mysore silk sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees and Pochampally Ikkat sarees. One of the most notable attributes of these sarees is that they can be passed on from generation to generation since their luster and quality don’t suffer with the passage of time – thanks to the high end craftsmanship.

Traditional Indian Sarees Online

Mysore silk makes for a brilliant combination of vivacity and minimalism. The silk is very comfortable and renders an aptly versatile look.

The Kancheepuram, it might as well be said, is a favorite of many girls out there. The vibrant motifs (represented by brilliant color contrasts) are the highlight of these sarees. Some of the common designs used are that of checks, pyramidal temple borders and stripes. The floral booties are traditional designs. Craftsmen entwine three different types of clothes to make these sarees. This is the reason why they are so expensive.

Konrad sarees typically represent Indian deities embroidered on them. They have wider borders than what most of the other south Indian silk sarees have. Besides deities, peacocks, paisleys and elephants are other motifs used in these sarees.

South Indian brides are advised to include at least one south Indian silk saree for their bridal trousseau. For many a south Indian silk (saree) remains the possession of a lifetime and no we are not only talking about South Indian girls only!

There are several stores in different parts of India that sell south Indian sarees. However, many a time prudent customers go on to question the authenticity of these sarees when they buy them from regions that are not exactly the hubs of these sarees. You need to ensure that you are acting sagaciously while taking your pick. Please do not commit the mistake of picking up a store randomly in your search for the best Kanjeevaram or for that matter any other South Indian saree. Do ensure that you are studying the credentials of the store thoroughly before you are actually buying from them. Keep these points in view before you’re getting your hands on your choice.

Best of luck with your choice!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today Bengalis are celebrating Bengali New Year 1423

Today all the Bengalis are celebrating Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year day. Basically peoples of two Indian Sates like West Bengal & Tripura and peoples of Bangladesh are celebrating this occasion. In this day they wear new dress and arrange some delicious menus in their home with tasty Bengali sweets. Shops and other local business owners open their new accounting year with new copy book blessed by Sri Ganesh Ji.

The Bangla calendar is fixed to the Indian solar calendar, which based on the Surya Siddhanta. As with many other alternatives of the Indian solar calendar, the Bengali calendar begins in mid-April of the Gregorian year.

The opening day of the Bengali year therefore match with the mid-April new year in Mithila, Assam, Burma, Cambodia, Kerala, Manipur, Nepal, Odisha, Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Thailand.

The progress of the Bangla calendar is often featured to king of Gour or Gauda, Shashanka as the opening date drops directly within his time. King Shashanka of Gour is acclaimed with initiating the Bengali period.

Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, commenced a modified Bengali calendar to make tax collection simpler in Bengal. The Mughals accumulated tax according to the Islamic calendar and Akbar organized an advancement of the calendar structures, because the lunar Islamic calendar did not agree with the produces and the farmers faced rigorous complexities in giving taxes out of season.

Bengali New Year 1423 "Poila Boishakh"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top 10 Must Visit Places in Norway

If you are a nature lover and want to view beautiful landscapes and also want to feel fresh travel experience then you must visit Norway once in your lifetime.

Peoples are very much friendly i Norway and they are always available for any help. Here I want to provide top ten must visit places in Norway. Such as:

  • Geirangerfjord
  • Bryggen
  • Heddal Stave Church
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Jostedalsbreen Glacier
  • Nordkapp
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Voringfossen
  • Urnes Stave Church
  • Roros
Beautiful landscapes of  Norway

Monday, March 28, 2016

Why are Traditional Venkatagiri sarees popular in the online market?

Venkatagiri sarees, a variety of handwoven zari based cotton sarees, is extremely popular amongst the masses as a light and soft saree with traces of Jamdani patterns. These cotton sarees are usually available in six yards length and can be worn in all climatic conditions. The motifs including peacocks, mango, parrots, leafs and swans on the pallu make the design of the saree unique.

The history of Venkatagiri sarees originates in the 1700 when weavers at a cluster, Venkatagiri near Nellore started weaving this variety of sarees. The skilled weavers and the artisans were encouraged to produce more of these products by the Velugoti dynasty as well as Bobbili and Pithapuram kingdoms.
The early years of 1700 witnessed the weaving of Venkatagiri sarees for the royal families, the queens to be precise. The designs were unique and exclusive and the artisans were paid high remuneration for each piece of saree. The introduction of Jamdani technique of weaving sarees from Bangladesh has the made the process much easier and faster.

The production of a Venkatagiri sarees involves few stages:
  • Collection of raw materials like cotton yarn, dye ad gold zari
  • Cotton is purified by boiling and making it suitable for dyeing
  • Bleaching the white cotton sarees into coloured ones
  • Removal of additional dye followed by drying of the cotton yarn
  • Making the warp and weft
  • Weaving the warp and weft
  • Placing the cloth into the designs and motifs
  • Cutting the cotton as per requirement
  • Inspection of the quality of the saree

Traditional Venkatagiri Sarees of Andhra Pradesh

Over the years, Venkatagiri sarees has become popular amongst the women owing to its characteristics such as softness of the material, brightness of the colours and the royal look. The growth in the demand for Venkatagiri sarees online is a proof that the majority of weavers in Vankatagiri are earning their livelihoods by weaving this fabric. The exclusivity and the uniqueness in the weaving technique of the Venkatagiri sarees make the sarees more popular among the clients who buy them regularly through online shopping portals. Since the dying and the weaving techniques are technologically upgraded, the weavers are not required to travel to towns and cities from their village to get the yarn dyed. This saves them money and time and contributes heavily towards the production of Venkatagiri sarees.

Designers, in the current scenario, are innovating with the materials and the traditional designs of Venkatagiri sarees. In addition to the existing Venkatagiri zari cotton sarees, the skilled artisans are now weaving sarees using silk threads and creating new versions of the Venkatagiri sarees. The use of Jamdani technique in the weaving Venkatagiri sarees has brought about a massive change in the design and patterns of the saree. The new silk versions of the Venkatagiri sarees online are becoming massively popular and earning acceptance from all across the country.

Fabric experts suggest that the Venkatagiri sarees should be hand washed gently, preferably using soft water. These can be given for dry washing as well initially.

Venkatagiri sarees are exclusive in their designs and are considered to be one of the most durable ones. These are light and soft and extremely suitable for summers. However, women wear Venkatagiri sarees in other climatic conditions as well.

Unique marketing campaigns and branding the Venkatagiri sarees as the preferred choice for wearing on occasions and casually, has earned customers from across the globe through online retailing platforms. Women can now order Venkatagiri sarees online irrespective of any particular geography. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Top 10 Online Store in India

There are lots of Indian online shopping sites available on the web. But as per service, quality of products and public opinion some of web stores are reach up to the mark. Here I make a list of top ten popular and well defined online shopping sites. These are:

  • Amazon
  • Flipkart
  • Snapdeal
  • Paytm
  • Ebay
  • Jabong
  • Myntra
  • Shopclues
  • Pepperfry
  • Homeshop18

Top Online Shopping Store in India

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Facts about traditional Ilkal Sarees and its online sale

Ilkal sarees, originating from the town of the same name in Bagalkot District in Karnataka, is a special type of saree that has a cotton body and silk border and pallu.

The traditional ilkal sarees are a combination of cotton warp in the body and the beautiful silk borders with silk pallus. The silk used in the borders and the pallus are usually art silk, however, in many cases, pure silk is also used to weave them.

The weaving of the traditional ilkal sarees dates back to the 8th century AD and the growth of this art is majorly attributed to the local artisans of Bellary. It is believed that the strong availability of the raw materials locally contributed towards the growth of this type of saree and the art behind weaving them.

The procedure followed for yarn dying for a traditional ilkal saree is interesting. The cotton warp and the weft are dyed in a reddish black hue. As mentioned above, the procedure is carried indoors in a cool dark area. The yarn is initially dyed in an indigo hue for which sajimitti, collected from the river banks and chuna or limestone are added in the water. 

Similar to the many other types of sarees, the process of weaving an Ilkal saree is unique and different. In order to weave Ilkal sarees, the production house will require about 2000 weavers, craftsmen and dyers. The technique of weaving an Ilkal saree is known as Tope Teni. The weavers join the body of the saree with the pallu warp using a loop technique. Another technique, Kondi is used for weft through insertion of 3 shuttles. The pallu of the saree are weaved to make one portion of red and two portions of white.

Traditional Ilkal Sarees of Karnataka

The sarees are usually six to nine yards long, that also contributes towards making the sarees beautiful. The Ilkal sarees have a red body with a white border which makes the combination appear unique. The process begins with dying the yarns in different colours, following by weaving the saree and then embroidering the body parts, borders and the pallu to give it a unique look. The production is mainly an indoor activity and are actively managed by female members in most cases. The weaving of one Ilkal sarees in one handloom would require a minimum of seven days to churn out a finished product. Many of the production houses also use power looms these days, to meet the increasing demand to buy the traditional ilkal sarees, online and from the stores as well.

Traditional ilkal sarees are known for the variety of embroidery, known as Kasuti, on its body. The Kasuti designs are basically patterns using elephants, palanquins, lotus, etc. that are beautifully stitched on an ilkal saree. The pallu of the saree usually have patterns of temples and towers, and are made in a traditional red and white combination. Apart from the temple designs, many of the traditional ilkal sarees have kotikammli, rampa, hanige and toputenne in the pallu.

The body of the saree may be squares, stripes and rectangles as the base design with the borders having gaadi, paraspet and gomi designs.

Indian women follow a tradition of buying sarees that are historically significant and adds value to the traditional wear collection. Keeping this fact into consideration, many online retailers are now selling traditional ilkal sarees by buying them directly from the weavers and artisans or the production houses. Marketing and branding the traditional ilkal sarees have contributed towards making this local type of saree popular amongst the masses, thus resulting in an excellent growth in the sale.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

An Overview of Maharashtrian Wedding Sarees

Weddings are special. And if it’s an Indian wedding, it is bound to be a grand affair. The colourful set-up is all about Hindu traditions, celebrations that are no less than carnivals, bold and bright colour dressed guests, bride and the groom and finally, rituals that get them married. In a multi-cultural country like India, each part celebrates this holy ritual differently. Based on the culture, the rituals differ, the dresses differ and so does the set-up of the vivah (Hindi for Indian weddings).

A Maharashtrian wedding, is a completely traditional one that is simple as well as vibrant. The traditions of a Maharashtrian wedding is as per the Maharashtrian community, their religious and family values. Each member in a Maharashtrian family has a role to play in the entire ceremony. Maharashtrians, as a traditional ritual adhering community, believe in following the common ceremonies such as Mehendi, Milni, Jaimala, Saptapadi, Kanyadaan and pheras. In all these rituals, one of the most significant things is a bride’s saree or the traditional Maharashtrian wedding sarees.

Typically, for a Maharashtrian bride, the wedding sarees are of traditional golden orange, or a yellow marigold coloured saree. The other common coloured wedding sarees that brides are found to be wearing include gold, green and yellow. These Maharashtrian wedding sarees are of six yards (standard) or a nine yard saree. The colour of the bride’s saree makes it easier for people to recognise the community.

Traditional Six yards cotton saree of Maharashtra

Paithani sarees, originating from the city of Paitan, are one of the typical and traditional types of Maharashtrian wedding sarees. These are made of gold and are of the silk variety. These kinds of sarees have different patterns, mostly in the oblique-square designs mainly on the borders. The saree can be found to be having motifs in the form of peacocks, kaleidoscopes and parrots in the end of the saree, better known as pallu of the saree. These kinds of sarees are available either in one colour or two colours with broad golden borders. These silk sarees are hand weaved and takes at least a month to complete.

In the earlier times, Maharashtrian brides were known to wear the Nauvari sarees. The design of the nauvari sarees is unique It has a trouser-like design as the nine yard saree is designed to be wrapped around each leg. This would give a trouser like design instead of the full length skirt design that is usually associated with a saree. Nauvari sarees are believed to be more comfortable to wear since these can be worn without a petticoat.

Like any other Indian brides, a Maharashtrian bride also wears traditional gold jewelleries. Some of these can be the statement pieces, heirloom jewelleries or simply, some new designs. Jewelleries like the one choker style necklace made of gold known as Thushi is an essential item alongside the jhumkas (earrings), nath (mango shaped nose ring) and the bajuband or the armlet. Many of the brides also wear the green and gold bangles in both the hands and the half-moon shaped bindi on the forehead. Most of the bride’s jewelleries are gifted to her by the elders, especially the parents or the elders in the family who save money to buy gold for the marriage of the daughter. Since the Maharashtrian wedding sarees have a traditional feel, the gold jewelleries make real good adornments with them.

Any Indian Hindu wedding is nothing less than a grand celebration of rituals and relationships. Usually celebrated for close to three days, the brides get to wear different types of sarees depending on the occasions and the requirements. For the Maharashtrian brides, they can choose to wear the different kinds of traditional Maharashtrian sarees during each occasion and the traditional Maharashtrian wedding sarees on the big day. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why Men Love Buying Half Sleeve Casual Shirts Online for Their Summer Fashion

Not long ago, men found fashion a thing for women and following fashion was ridiculed on. But things have certainly changed over past few decades. Men fashion has developed in leaps and bounds. Whether casual dressing or formal, woollen or traditional attires, men fashion has carved a niche of its own. However, one problem that men surely face is their dislike for shopping due to which they end up buying whatever they lay their hands on. Blame it on their mindset or lack of time, but that is men for you. This problem has largely solved by online shopping. Buying half sleeve casual shirt online or shopping for wedding, online shopping not only saves time but also money.

Women love shopping and when they take fancy on something, they would not mind going from one shop to another till they find what they had been looking for. But men rarely have that inclination and tenacity. So, with onset of summer, when they look for their favourite half sleeves shirts, they find very few choices. They have to make their choice from those handful options. But when they look for the same half sleeve casual shirts online, they find hundreds of search results. Shopping is so easy when you go online, especially for men. Set the filters according to the size and preferences, that the results will be narrowed down to make the job even simpler. There is no harassment of going from one shop to another, making the salesman understand what exactly you are looking for and if you visit branded stores, rest assured you will come out with a huge bill. All these dreadful aspects of shopping can be avoided when shopping half sleeve casual shirts online. You make the choices, get everything in one portal, often get lucrative discounts and almost in all cases, get free shipping. You are not even paying the usual conveyance charge that you had to pay even if you don't buy anything from any store of brick and mortar. 

Summer wear shirts for men available online

Another advantage of looking for half sleeves casual shirts online is that even if you don't have any idea of the latest trend, the huge gallery of the inventory will give you an insight on it. For example, Sambalpuri printed half sleeves shirts are not only in fashion but also a very comfortable summer wear. But men always stick to stripes, checks and solid coloured shirts. When they find so many options, they are ready to experiment as well. Best part is you get all kinds of half shirts in every price range. Branded, printed, plain, double toned- you name it and they have it.

Many surveys have proven that men prefer online shopping because it is hassle-free to a large extent. And when it comes to shop for something like half sleeve casual shirts online is the much predicted choice. Foremost reason is, not many stores maintain a decent stock of this particular shirt style. And even if they have, they are almost of same shape, cut and fashion. On the contrary, since online stores have much bigger virtual inventory, you get more varieties. When shopping at right time, you can get branded half sleeve casual shirts online for a throw away price. Brands like Allen Solly, Lombard, Indigo Nation and Park Avenue are quite popular  among the young corporates but still they would love it to be little cheaper. When shopping online, you get a shirt of your choice at your preferred price as well. And this is surely a good enough factor behind men loving to buy half sleeve casual shirt online for the summer fashion

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to Choose Home Decor Items from Online Handicrafts Stores

When you want to give your home a down to earth yet sophisticated look, handicrafts are the best options. And the best part of using them is that you will run out of choice. You don't need to cross the geographical boundaries of India. Even within the peripheries of India, there are so many choices. Terracotta of West Bengal, Madhubani painting of Bihar, mirror work and white-blue ceramic work of Rajasthan or Bandhani of Gujarat are just to name a few. And you can buy handicrafts online too as they are readily available in online market.

The demand for Indian artefacts is very high in the global market. Even a few years ago, if you had a fancy for some famous handicraft of a particular region, you either had to visit your nearest emporium for the state or go and visit that place in person. It required lots of time and money. In today's busy lifestyle, it seems almost impossible to indulge into any such ambitious fancies. But things have changed over past few years and it has changed in the direction of betterment. There are about thousands of online stores for handicrafts from where you can get your favourite one.

When you choose to buy handicrafts online, there are certain things you should know beforehand. First and foremost thing is a little about the handicraft itself. For example, if you want to buy a terracotta figure, learn about terracotta, like what is terracotta and what is it made of etc. The web world is full of scammer websites who are always looking for a prey. They will not only  give you a fake product but can charge you much more than the actual price. If you are prepared ahead, it will help you defend yourself from these fraudulent websites.

Beautiful home decor item Dhokra metal crafts online

Secondly, when you buy handicrafts online, browse through different websites to get a hang of it. Before finalizing a product, your visits in multiple websites will give you a better idea of expected price. This is the best way to get value for money. There are sites that are authentic and offer different deals of discount and free shipping. If you shop from the very first online store you visited, you may miss out some great offer and end up paying way more than you should have. Also, choosing the right website is very important. Safest way is to go for the government site or emporium sites. This way you can rest assured about the authenticity of the product, though you may pay a little more than other merchandise shops. But where the genuineness is guaranteed, you can be happy to pay a little more.

To buy handicrafts online is a good decision. Imagine yourself wandering in the alleys of Rajasthan for a marble or mirror work handicrafts, bargaining from the vendors and coming back with an extra baggage of doubt if the product is genuine or whether they have conned you with double price. On the contrary, when you buy handicrafts online, you can make choice much better because your options are finer. Sitting in Kolkata, you can change your mind from a wall hanging of Gujarati stitch to Fulkari dupatta of Punjab. What more, you can be sure of the quality and price. You don't even undergo the hassles of carrying the baggage as it will be shipped directly to your door steps, that too in most of the cases, for free. So, now you can plan  to do the interiors of your bedroom in Rajasthani style, living room in Gujarati style while guest room in Punjabi style, without even travelling a bit. Yes, you definitely miss the essence of these places, but that can be compensated with a trip later. As of now you can be happy that you have bought genuine items at right price. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Specialities of Indian Pattu Sarees and Online Demand of this Saree

Pattu are the silk sarees originating in southern states of India. So, pattu is Indian silk which shines in its full glory all over the world. Archaeological discoveries have unearthed several artefacts to prove that sericulture existed in ancient India as well. And Indian pattu sarees have existed since that time as well. The draping style has evolved over the eras, generations and years but the fabrics, especially the silk has existed and have been quite commonly used in India since time immemorial. Though it comes second in its production preceded only by China but it is still the largest consumer of this fabric. It is said to be sacred fabric thus worn on every auspicious occasion like religious festivals, weddings etc.

Indian pattu sarees are best recognised as bridal wear in south Indian states. The original pattu sarees are valued not only for their heavy work and great craftsmanship but also for their traditional significance. They are often heirlooms passed from a generation to another, and preserved as a prized possession. Over years fashion came and went, trends came and influenced the traditional designs but Indian pattu sarees still have successfully retained their serenity which embodies the age-old tradition.

Though these sarees originated in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, but today it is favourite of women within as well as beyond the geographical boundaries of India. Most commonly known pattu saree is manufactured in Kanchipuram- the temple city and known as Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram pattu. They are not only the most popular one but also regarded as superior over other varieties. The stock motifs used in Kanchipuram silk sarees are temple, flowers, stripes, checks and mangoes. Kanchipuram pattu comes in all price ranges but purest form which maintains the ratio of silk and zari thread with intricate and delicate designs can cost up to some lakhs.

Traditional Indian Pata silk sarees available online

A new variety has been added to Indian pattu sarees and it is called Samudrika Pattu. This saree is woven in Kanchipuram silk. The name originates from the Vedic term Samudrika Lakshanam which are the features that a beautiful women is endowed with. Similarly, Samudrika pattu is Sarva Lakshana Pattu or is woven with all the main characteristics of pattu saree.

It is true that the demand for georgette or net sarees are high on demand. But the demand for traditional Indian pattu sarees are not dependent on market. There has been a perennial demand for these sarees. The fact that online stores have huge stock of these sarees testify that women of all age group like these sarees. While the designer modern sarees embody fashion, the silk sarees stand for our age old traditions, heritage and customs. These sites have section which enables visitors to place order from anywhere to be shipped anywhere and make payment in any currency. This clearly shows how popular and on demand these sarees are all over the world. No matter if you are in US, UK, any African country or Middle East countries, if you need Indian pattu sarees, you can always get them in merely one fortnight.

However, choice of site to buy them can be trickier than you thought. You can always consult feedback section or online reviews to know about the online shop your choice, but to place safest bait, you can go for government aided cooperative websites or sites of renowned stores like Pothys, Nalli, The Chennai Silk etc. This way you will not only get exclusive Indian pattu sarees but also can rest assured of the quality of the saree you bought. Price may seem to be higher than other sites, but it is the cost you will pay for the peace of mind about getting genuine product. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weaving Style and Online Market of famous Pasapalli Saree

Odisha is known for its various handloom sarees in cotton and silk. Pasapalli Saree is invariably one of the prominent ones. The name Pasapalli has been derived from the word 'pasa' which means chessboard. You can identify this saree from other sarees of Odisha by its signature chessboard squares in contrasting colours on border and pallu. Some of the premium exclusive sarees have chequered patterns all over the body. This handloom saree is woven mainly in the Bargarh district. These are usually bright coloured sarees which get an edge with brighter contrast coloured border and pallu. Most common colour combination found in this variety of saree is yellow and blue, green and red, golden and maroon etc. Red is quite a dominant colour of Pasapalli sarees.

Like most of the handloom sarees of Odisha, Pasapalli is also woven in silk, cotton, tussar and a mix of tussar and silk. For a touch of glamour, often golden thread work is used. The check patterns seen in this saree are mainly done in white or black. A look at the 'anchal' or 'pallu' and you will understand what an intricate design it is and that it surely needs an excellent craftsmanship from an ace artisan to plate such an exemplary piece of art. Weavers making a Pasapalli saree are a pro of the ancient weaving style called 'baandhakala'. No powerloom or weaving machine has ever been designed to replicate such unique creations. Each saree is woven manually and thus may take several weeks to be completed.

Beautiful Pasapalli Cotton Saree available online

The detailed process starts long before the weaving. The yarns of threads are tied in a particular pattern to dye so that only the designated parts can absorb the colour. If more than one colour is required, process gets even more complicated. Also, this weaving style lets the artisans create the signature Pasapalli motifs on both sides of the saree identically. The technique called 'baandhkala' is so ancient yet too versatile that multiple colours, patterns and designs can be created.

Apart from the chequered patterns, other commonly used motifs used in Pasapalli sarees are flowers, geometrical shapes, wheel, temples, birds and landscape. Every saree is a unique piece of art and impeccable example of superior craftsmanship. This saree has won accolades in India and abroad and thus Government of India has taken measures to save the industry of hand woven saree in Odisha and Pasapalli saree is undoubtedly one of them.

It has quite a huge market all over India. The cotton Pasapalli are best for any day event, be it a formal meeting with someone of prominence or a ritual of wedding. If you flip through pictures, you will find eminent female personalities whenever representing country or their dignified designation, they wear Pasapalli, Sambalpuri or similar handloom saree from Odisha. The silk Pasapalli saree looks really gorgeous and thus best suited for evening occasions. You can wear it for wedding or similar social invitations as well as formal parties of office. It becomes even more of an evident choice when you hold an important position.

Unfortunately handloom sarees, especially the exclusive ones, are not quite always available over online shops. So, seekers of this saree can visit several emporiums and state aided websites where it can be bought without worrying about the quality, authenticity and richness of colour. You can also be assured about the price you are paying. Even in the last decade, women looking for this saree outside Odisha had to wander in search of an emporium of Odisha, but today there are several online ones which help them buy Pasapalli saree from the most reliable source. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

List of Traditional Indian Garments and Their Online Availability

With Indians spread all over the world, the demand for Indian traditional garments has become quite high and its market has boomed like never before. It is quite strange that a country has so many diversities and it is reflected in its clothing style as well. Here is a comprehensive list of traditional garments of India but rest assured it can capture only the leading ones because you will run out of writing space and the list will be exhaustive if you dare include all the garments and their varied draping style.

Traditional Indian Garments for Women

  1. Saree- Western women often wondered how can a woman of five feet can drape a cloth piece which itself is at least 15 feet long. But that is the calibre of an Indian woman who can be in equal ease in a saree like any other western casual garments.
  2. Salwar Kameez- This is undoubtedly the most popular Indian garment in India and is worn among all age group. There is a great many variety in terms of style in its top and bottom part. Each of them are equally elegant and beautiful, nevertheless.
  3. Lehenga/Ghaghra-choli- The extravagant version of this traditional Indian garment is the wedding attire in northern India. It is noted for the extensive embroidery, sequins and mirror work. It is basically a blouse and long gypsy skirt with lots of flares and is worn with a beautiful dupatta. There are simple lehenga choli of cotton as well which the women in Rajasthan, Haryana and some parts of Gujarat wear.
  4. Mekhala Chadar- This is traditional outfit of Assam women. It resembles saree as a long piece of cloth is worn in the bottom part over a petticoat while another piece is tucked in the petticoat at the waist and draped around the upper part of the body leaving it on left shoulder.
  5. Phiran- This is a long tunic or kameez with long sleeves and is the traditional dress of Kashmiri women. These are woven in woollen fabric with embroidery in cuffs, neck, and the sides with contrasting coloured threads.
  6. Mundum Neriyatham- This is the most ancient remnant of the style in which saree was draped in old days. It comprises of two parts- mundu which covers lower half of the body and neriyathu the upper half. However, today kavani or the white saree with golden border represents Kerala.
  7. Pattu pavdai- This traditional Indian garment can be seen in south Indian states worn by little girls. It is a skirt with golden border which hangs from waist to toes.
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Traditional Indian Garments for Men

  1. Dhoti- This is the outfit that represents India in the outside world. It is an unstitched six yard long cloth which is wrapped around the bottom half of the body and plates are tucked at the back taking it down between the legs. There are different ways to drape it according to the region and occasion.
  2. Lungi- It is a long piece of cloth sewn for convenience and is wrapped like a sarong. The most popular patterns found in lungi are checked, plain and striped. In Punjab, lungi is called tehmat and is made of silk. It is worn with turban, a headdress. They wear it with knee-length kurta and embroidered jacket.
  3. Sherwani- It is a long jacket hanging down to knees with buttons opened at front. It is worn over a long kurta and with a fitted trouser called churidar or flared trousers called salwar. It is the traditional dress for men in Pakistan as well.

Due to high demand for traditional Indian garments all over the world, they are widely available online. There are different commercial websites where you can find these outfits of latest fashion. Shipping is free over a designated amount. So, no matter where you are based, you can always buy Indian traditional garments online. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Basant Panchami 2016: India Celebrating the First Day of Spring with Saraswati Puja

Every year Basant Panchami is treated as Saraswati Puja in several states in India. In this day students are enjoying no study day. Because, Saraswati Mata keep their books beside her. Boys are girls celebrating this day with new dress and a special meal from their school. In West Bengal this day also called as Bengali Valentines Day. Because, this is the day when boys and girls meet freely anywhere and they try to find their love one. Bengali girls dressed up with cotton sarees specially yellow colour. Maximum bengali girls wear a saree for the first time on this puja in their lifetime. So, you can say this is also an event where a girl become a women in look. 

Let's enjoy this year Saraswati Puja!

The idol of Saraswati Mata

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Why College Going Girls Always Want Unstitched Salwar Suits

Salwar suit is the most popular Indian dress among college going young girls, especially in small towns where wearing western dresses is still not allowed. But no matter where, these young girls prefer unstitched salwar suits over the readymade ones. There are many reasons behind it, but mainly due to these following reasons.

  1. Every girl has a different physic. And when a girl is too skinny or stout, it gets difficult to get the exact size. This is where dress material for salwar suits gets an edge because one size fits all. Choose a good material, take it to a boutique or tailoring shop and you will get an exact replica of the set you had been eyeing for long but failed to get in your size. You can also have the depth of neck or back as per your choice as unstitched salwar suits can be improvised according to your dressing style. Without proper fitting, dress would not look half good. And for apt fitting, you would need dress material. 
  1. Secondly, a readymade salwar suit comes in number of pieces. Every size comes in multiple pieces. It can be easily said that on a given day, there can be more than ten women wandering in the city or town in the same dress, so there are always possibilities of bumping with someone who wears the same suit on the same occasion on the same day. On the other hand, the chances of wearing same dress diminishes with unstitched salwars suits because even if the dress material would be same, the design of the finished dress would be different. A single suit piece can be stitched in different styles like below knee kurta, short kurta, salwar, churidar, v-neck, collared and so on.      
Unstitched Salwar Suits for College Going Girls available online
  1. In most of the cases, fabric used in the readymade salwar suit is not at par. If you are not buying branded dress, you may get annoyed with the quality of stitches as well. After few wears, stitches, hooks or other decorative pieces will come off. But when you buy unstitched salwar suits, individual care is taken for each aspects which is why these dresses last long. You can wear them forever. Their colour may get faded out but there will be seldom any stitch that will be apart. Also, you can choose the fabric of your choice. 
  1. When you are buying readymade suits, you will have to take the complete set even if you have the same coloured churidar or leggings and dupatta. But if you have a bandhani dupatta and some neutral coloured salwar, churidar or leggings, buy dress material for the kurta alone. You can buy as many dress materials as you want to, without having to spend for bottom wear and dupatta.  So, if you buy one multicoloured bandhani, batik or leheriya dupatta, you can team it up with several mono coloured or contrasting salwar kameez, short kurta with Patiala or churidar kurta. This is one flexibility that comes with unstitched salwar suits only. 
  1. And the latest reason is the latest shopping trend- online shopping. When shopping online, young girls often complain of poor fittings or fabrics. Since the images appearing on computer or mobile screen often differ from the actual piece of cloth due to the screen resolution, high definition picture or similar factors, when the actual product reaches the customer, they are left disappointed because either the material is too shiny or the size of that company differs from other ones prevailing in the market. As a result, young girls have come back to their old and gold way of buying dresses- unstitched salwar suits. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Present Fashion Trends of Men's Casual Wear Shirts

Though it is mostly women's fashion which is most talked about, but fashion for men is no less feat either. One look at the different fashion shows and weeks and you will understand what is meant. However, men's fashion is not restricted to ramps and different types of coats, jackets, blazers and t shirts only. You will be surprised to see the expanse of men's casual shirts. There are more varieties than you can imagine, but somehow it is much less discussed than it is ought to be. As a result, many men are still unaware of them. Let us see what are the most common and popular men's casual shirts.

After wearing the same button down formal shirts in same solid colour, stripes and chequered patterns for five days a week, the urban and young metro-sexual men long for clothes that are chic, fashionable, fresh, comfortable and stylish. You definitely don't need five different shirts to match each criteria because there is a huge array of men's casual shirts that are perfect for off week events. Be it picnic, party, friendly get-together at pubs et al. No more rolling up of sleeves or looking same every morning. These casual shirts give you ample of opportunity to flaunt your cool avatar.

Casual shirts for Men available online

Casual Full Shirts

Yes, they can come in same solid, chequered, or striped patterns, but the cut of these shirts give them the extra edge. These shirts are available in skinny, slim and regular fits. There are many of these shirts that come with twists. For example, a button down slim fit casual shirt is different in the pattern made on it. It can be printed, it can be different print in either sides and there can be nth number of permutations and combinations. The end result is the perfect look for a casual occasion. Pair it with jeans to nail “cool & in” look. No need for deliberate efforts to be macho or stylish. Rather your carefully careless approach will be more appealing to everyone out there.

Casual Half Shirts

Casual half shirts are quite popular. Sometimes they are called Bush shirts or Hawaiian shirts. These are one of the most popular type of men's casual shirts. You can find them in bold motifs like big flowers, orchids, fire flames, etc. But they are not always loudly screaming of their casual being. The subtle ones like solid coloured, checked, stripes, washed or muted prints are equally popular. You can wear them as per your requirement. When you are partying in beach or in bonfire with your closest pals, wearing sober checks and stripes would not be great idea. Funky patterns, or bold flowers in loud colours will add to the ambience of the occasion. Similarly, when you are chilling out with colleagues where there is nothing official about it yet calls for some decorum, regular fit half sleeved casual shirts in subdued prints and colours are just the right option.


Choice of fabric is very crucial in men's casual shirts. It is immensely important to know which fabric suits you, which fabric you can carry well and which one is apt for which occasion. Most popular material is undoubtedly cotton or mixed. And it is closely followed by denim and sheer. Surpassing the gender boundaries, even shimmering fabrics are getting popular these days.

To look your best, most important factor is the fitting. So before you buy men's casual shirts, be sure of the measurement. If you don't buy clothes frequently, it is best to know your size from the salesmen in stores, who are eager to help you. If you shop online, use a measuring tape or consult your last shirt that fits best. Appearance can make a lot of difference, so buy your shirts carefully. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

List of Indian Ethnic Wear Garments That are All-time Favourite

Young generation is often blamed to have followed western culture blindly, but it is true that there are still some Indian ethnic wear garments, that are all-time favourite and have never lost their charm even in the crowd of western casual clothes. Best part is even these ethnic dresses are improvised in terms of comfort and fashion so that young people who don't wear them very often can carry them off with equal ease.

Let us divide Indian ethnic wear garments in two categories- for ladies and for men. This will make the further divisions much easier.

Ethnic Wear for Women

Saree- This piece of garment does not need any definition. This is a nine yard long fabric which is draped in different styles according to customs as well as fashion. Saree is worn with blouse or choli and a petticoat or underskirt. This is the ultimate ethnic wear with which an Indian women is related to.

Salwar Kameez- This is another traditional Indian dress which Indian women wear all over the country. If saree is related to women, salwar kameez is worn mainly by young girls. Usually, girls change to saree mainly after their marriage. There are different forms of salwar kameez. Kameez is a long tunic type top which is worn with salwar, churidar, Patiala salwar and leggings. Even kameez are of different types, known as kurta, kurti, Anarkali and so on.

Ethnic Indian Silk Sarees available online

Lehenga Choli- This is mainly an occasional Indian ethnic wear. Young girls wear it for wedding. This is a long flowing skirt with embellished and intricate works, worn with tight-fitting blouse called choli. A dupatta or a 3 yard long scarf is draped to cover the upper torso. However, in some parts of India like Gujarat and Rajasthan, women wear lehenga or ghaghra choli with mirror and thread work.

Apart from these, there are several other regional dresses that are intrinsically Indian ethnic wear garments but not as popular like lehenga choli, saree or salwar suit. Some of these are:

Pavada which the little girls in Tamil Nadu wear.
Mekhala-sador- the traditional two piece dress of Assam
Mundum Neriyathum- worn in Kerala which is usually white or pale yellow in colour with golden or bright colour border.

Indian Ethnic Wear for Men

No matter how much we have developed and changed, basic wear for women in India is still saree or salwar suits. But men have shifted to western dresses conveniently and they are more seen in shirts, trousers or t shirts than in Indian traditional dresses. Yet, on festivals when they don the all-time favourite ethnic wears, they steal the show. Some of the most popular ethnic wears are as follows:

Kurta Pyjama- This is the most common and a favourite Indian ethnic wear. Kurta is a long shirt with round neck or small collar. Pyjama is a loose fitted trouser with strings or elastic. Kurtas come in various fabrics like satin, silk, tussar etc but pyjamas are mainly of cotton. Usually kurtas are of vibrant colours, with embroidery work, and even hand paint and look est when worn with plain white pyjamas. Different regions of India have different types of Kurtas in terms of length, designs and patterns. Kurta looks best when teamed up with half jacket.

Dhoti- Dhoti was almost forgotten in urban India and was worn only in villages by elderly people. Thanks to the new generation fashion designers who have revived this six feet long cloth piece which is wrapped around the waist. It is worn with kurta.

Sherwani- This is the most favourite Indian ethnic wear of young generation. This is a long jacket that falls right below the knee. It comes in light colours, embroidered with silver and/or gold, has thin collar and it is worn with churidar pyjama. This is the wedding attire of metrosexual urban groom which he teams with uttariya or dupatta.