9 Colours of Navaratri

Navaratri is the largest and most widely celebrated festival of India. During the 9 days of Navaratri, 9 different aspects of the Goddess Durga is worshipped which is known as Navadurga. 9 colours are attributed to the 9 different days and women of many Indian states like Gujarat and Maharashtra wear only those 9 colours on these specific days. The festivals begin with Shailputri Mata Puja and end with Siddhidhatri Mata Puja.

This year, glamorize your festive look with the 9 colours of Navaratri.

Yellow for Navaratri Pratipada: Shailputri Puja

Kick start your Navaratri celebrations with this vibrant yellow Anarkali suit. The intricate resham and zari work on the bright yellow fabric is sure to lift your heart all day long.

Green for Navaratri Dwitiya: Brahmacharini Puja

On the second day of Navaratri, be in sync with nature by going green. This gorgeous Georgette Anarkali with velvet jacket worn by Preity Zinta will complete your Navaratri look.

Grey for Navaratri Tritiya: Chandraghanta Puja

Devi Chandraghanta represents peace and serenity. This enthralling grey Salwar Kameez with intricate Resham embroidery creates a serene and peaceful look. Match it with silver or white gold to complete the effect.


Orange for Navaratri Chaturthi: Kushmanda Puja
Orange is the colour for the 4th day of Navaratri. This bright orange net and georgette Lehenga Saree with glamorous blue velvet border is perfect for the occasion. It is unique item from Triveni’s Navaratri Collection.


White for Navaratri Panchami: Skandamata Puja
The mandate for the 5th day of Navaratri is to wear pure white to please Devi Skandamata. This white georgette chiffon Anarkali exudes purity and sanctity. The intricate chikankari and stone work embroidery gives it an aura of elegance.

Red for Navaratri Shashthi: Katyayani Puja
Red is the colour for the 6th day of Navaratri. This beautiful red georgette lehenga choli with heavy embroidery brings out a festive image. Match it with heavy bangles to complete your Shashthi look.


Blue for Navaratri Shaptami: Kalratri Puja
On the 7th day, one must wear blue. Look as fabulous as Mugdha Godse in this navy blue georgette Anarkali with heavy multicoloured embroidery. This suit is the product of a wonderful blend of ethnicity and modernity unique to Triveni Fashions.


Pink for Navaratri Ashtami: Mahagauri Puja
On the 8th day, deck up in pretty pink. This simple but elegant georgette pink saree with bright border work will complete your look for the Maha Gauri puja. Intricate embroidery on the border and the blouse brings out the festive mood this season.

Purple for Navaratri Navami: Siddhidhatri Puja
Celebrate the 9th and last day of Navaratri in bright purple. This charming glossy Bhagalpuri silk saree is the perfect attire for the last day of Navaratri celebrations. The heavy embroidered border on the smooth silk makes it a beautiful and dynamic way to end the festive season.

 

Authored by Oindrila Mandal

Navaratri in an all Indian Style!

In India, a country with a myriad of religions, customs and beliefs, blended expertly in colours of democracy, there is one festival that stands out above others. Spread over a period of 9 days, this festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of India where the whole country unites to worship the Goddes Shakti or Durga in different forms.

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The festival is celebrated all over India but in different ways but the most flamboyant and renowned Navratri celebrations can be seen in western India, throughout the State of Gujarat and Mumbai.
GUJARAT:
In Gujarat, Navratri is a community event, where people perform devotional songs and dances that are popular by the names of ‘Dandiya Raas’ and ‘Garbha Raas’, and observe Jaagran (waking through the night), to please the Goddess. While dancing, the dancers move around in a circle, with different steps around a lamp, which represent the Eternal Light of the Durga Mata.

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A clay pot symbolizes the Garbha or the womb which is the source of life on earth. It is a prominent feature during Navratri celebrations in Gujarat. Women in vibrant and grand costumes dance around the pot which is filled with water, a betel nut and a silver coin The folk dance form of Garbha derives its name from the iconic clay pot around which women whirl and dance. Even men play Garbha along with women.

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Dandiya Raas is another important attraction in Gujarat during the festive season. Colourful sticks of equal length are used for the dance. During the Dance, these stick are used instead of hands for clapping.

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MAHARASHTRA:
In Maharashtra, Goddess Durga is worshipped continuously for nine days of Navratri. Puja is performed on each day of Navratri and devotees offer the flower garland to the idol or image of the goddess Durga. Here also Dandiya and Garba dances are predominant.

Well, the world has always been keen about Indian culture,and hence a foreigner lady trying to learn dandiya.

In Maharashtra the 9 days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga while the Vijayadashami is dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. This day is considered auspicious to begin education, buy new homes, start new ventures, and weddings.

9 different forms of the goddess are worshiped on each day of Navaratri and 9 different colours are associated with each day. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, women wear clothes of only these 9 Navaratri colours.

Stay tuned for more on the 9 Navaratri Colours.

Authored by Oindrila Mandal

When Fashion Thrills at Surat Dreams! [Take #1]

Five visionaries come together, provide a grand platform for the B to B Fashion Textile events, Surat  gets crowned as the most happening brand of Fashion Textile,  Dealers, Traders, Exporters & Fashion Designers meet and Triveni loves to capture it all.

If you happened to visit stall no. 38 at Hotel Novotel in Hyderabad on the 8th and 9th of August, that’d have been us with Marie (the one on left) our PRO from Iran.   Sure there was more to it.  Scroll down!

Ramp walks, designs, and fashion thrilled the Fashion Thrill-Season VIII

And not to forget the dazzling celebrities…

If you are a fan of Indian daily soaps, “Yeh hai Mohabbatein” reminds you of a pretty face.

For the not so familiar folks, we are speaking of Divyanka Tripathi who walked the ramp for Triveni.

And the one with the MD of Sakambari Silk Mills, Mr. Shailesh Sarraf…

This didn’t stop.
Fashion Thrills Season- IX took place on 12th & 13th September in New Delhi.
And we didn’t stop.
Live coverage, Live tweets  by Bhawna (Triveni Ambassador)

Await [Take #2] on Triveni Times!

Authored by: Pragya Banka

Indian sweets, an assortment of shapes and colours!

He who is worshiped with the onset of every new auspicious thing loves, adores and is very fond of Modaks. And we are sure you would have heard “Ganpati Bappa Moriya” every morning and evening, for past few weeks especially if you are residing in the western part of India.

Our very own designer modaks with sweet filling inside made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery. Sounds delicious!!! Doesn’t it? But before we get our mouths watering let’s take a look at the sweets offering more designs and features to talk about.

They aren’t small apples, they are sweets with Black Cumin embedded as stems.

           

         

Flower shaped “Jangiri” from South, popularly known as “Imarti”  in North. But folks, don’t jumble it up with the round shaped Jalebis. Moon shaped kaaju barfi, and lotus shaped sweet.

How sweet!! :)

That’d be about shapes, glimpsing the colours now…

 

Chocolaty delicious gulaab jaamun, Rosaceous barfi and green as grass chakki.

But there’s more to it from the skilled artisans of India, we popularly call “Halwaais”  :)

  

You must hurry up to the nearest Mithaai shop,
while Triveni Times cooks some more delicious stuffs, just for you.

Authored by: Pragya Banka

Application of Traditional Embroidery Techniques in Contemporary Fashion [Take #4]

Stone Work

Stone work is an ancient embroidery technique in which small gems or stones are sewn onto the fabric. Stone work is actually used to highlight other forms of embroidery. In ancient times, real precious and semiprecious stones were used along with beads and pearls and it was a very expensive form of embroidery. Nowadays crystals and semiprecious stones are used. Stones can be used alone as a centerpiece or in formation of lines and other various ways. The stones give an extra sense of physical realism to the embroidery.stone

The beauty of this fabulous violet chiffon saree is accentuated by the intricate stone-work embroidery done in silver. A great look for weddings and parties, this saree is a must-have for the modern Indian woman. Pair it with your favourite crystal jewellery and be the star of the show.stone ex3

This graceful white salwar suit gives the wearer a pure and divine aura. The glittery white stone-work on a pristine white background adds glamour to the entire ensemble. A stark red border acts as an attractive contrast. This suit is the perfect attire for parties, weddings and formal occasions

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This glamorous georgette saree has intricate stone work embroidery done all over the bright magenta body which is contrasted by a bottle green border. The attire is elegant, modern and fashionable all at the same time. This saree is an excellent evening-wear for parties. It is a sleek, modern saree for the modern Indian woman.

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Effectively contrasting the bright green body of this saree with rich red pleats makes this saree very attractive. Heavy stone-work embroidery on the border and all over the body adds glitz and glamour to the look. The unique design of this saree is intriguing and eye-catching. Match with your favourite pair of crystal ear-rings and look fabulous in any occasion.stone ex4

We will be back soon with more. Till then stay tuned to Triveni

Authored by Oindrila Mandal

Application of Traditional Embroidery Techniques in Contemporary Fashion [Take #3]

Check out another edition of Fusion of Embroidery Tradition & Contemporary Fashion

Resham Embroidery
Resham is an Urdu and Hindi word for ‘Silk.’ The difference between Resham and Silk is that Resham is the untwisted thread in a raw form of silk. Resham embroidery involves sewing of untwisted threads of Silk which are dyed in different colours, onto Sarees, Lehengas and other clothing to form brocade, or to be used as an embroidery design.resham 2

Silk embroidery originated in China

From there the use of Silk as a thread for creating complete brocade spread to various countries including Persia. The Persians brought the technique to India when they migrated to Saurashtra and Gujarat. The Silk embroidery technique introduced by them went on to be known as Resham. The special feature of resham embroidery is the elaborated and complex designs and patterns. The designs or patterns which are mostly used in resham embroidery are floral and paisley shapes. resham

Look as fabulous as Kangana Ranaut by wearing this stylish Silk Anarkali suit. The deep rich Magenta colour heightens the beauty of the wearer. The heavy Resham embroidery work on the top and the border gives the suit a royal aura. Excellent attire for traditional parties.

Triveni continues to design ethnic clothes for the modern woman. This beautiful black salwar kameez uses heavy Resham work in bright gold thread. The contrast between the base colour and the golden thread gives this item an ethereal feel. It is a very sober, traditional garment which is great for wearing in formal occasions.

Resham salwar

This gorgeous purple Lehenga Saree is from Triveni’s Wedding collection. The entire fabric is covered with intricate Resham Embroidery done with contrasting gold thread. A perfect blend of ethnicity and modernity, this regal attire is the perfect wedding-wear for the modern woman.Resham lehenga

This attractive green Resham embroidered saree is a great example of Indian cultural heritage. The traditional motif and patterns embroidered on the bright green chiffon are reminiscent of the Benarasi Resham embroidery designs. This is a perfect saree for traditional events.

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Till next time.

Application of Traditional Embroidery Techniques in Contemporary Fashion [Take #2]

We are back with our next entry of Application of traditional embroidery in contemporary fashion.

Zardozi or Zari

The most opulent form of Indian embroidery is Zardozi, popularly known as Zari. This technique originated in Central Asia in the 16th Century and was brought to India by the Mughal invaders. The word Zardozi comes from the Persian words “Zari” which means “gold” and “Dozi” which means “embroidery”.

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Zari work was traditionally done with metal wires, usually gold or silver coloured thread. The embroidered cloth is embellished with pearls, precious stones, spangles, beads, gota and kinari. In ancient India, real gold and silver thread was often used on silk, brocade or velvet which made Zadozi affordable only to the rich and mighty. Nowadays substitute metallic or synthesized thread is used. But Zardozi still remains a symbol of extravagance in modern India.Zari 3

 

Triveni has a vast collection of Zari work merchandise.

This green and magenta zari-work lehenga choli is absolutely entrancing. Here zari embroidery has been artfully used to create a beautiful border in rich golden thread. It is a great piece to wear on weddings and traditional celebrations.Zari Lehenga Choli

 

This gorgeous Anarkali suit is an excellent example of heavy Zardozi work. The use of rich gold zari on a contrasting deep blue background gives the suit a regal feel. This is a fabulous piece from the Triveni Wedding Collection. Pairing it with heavy gold jewellery will ensure that you shine the brightest in the most special day of your life.Zari anarkali

 

This traditional zari embroidered red saree is an excellent example of how Triveni continues to imbue its designs with ethnic Indian sensibilities. The bright gold and silver Zari work makes the broad border contrast with the rich red fabric. This saree is meant for wearing in traditional occasions and festivals. Wear it with bangles and a bright red bindi to flaunt the classic Indian look.Zari sari1

 

This beautiful zari embroidered saree is a perfect example of how traditional embroidery techniques can be used to create fashionable pieces for the modern Indian woman. The intricate zari work on the bright magenta blouse and border adds glamour and the demure green body tones it down to create the perfect balance of traditional and modern fashion. A collector’s item, this piece is great for evening parties and social gatheringsZari saree2.

 

Triveni’s Zardozi extravaganza is not only limited to women’s fashion. It expands to cover various other items, apparels and accessories. A great example is this royal Teal coloured Feta with intricate golden Zari work. It is designed for the modern Indian man in a traditional setting.

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Authored by Oindrila Mandal

Application of Traditional Embroidery Techniques in Contemporary Fashion [Take #1]

Kantha Stitch

Kantha is the traditional embroidery technique of Bengal. It applies the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery, the running stitch to make beautiful borders, shapes and motifs. It was traditionally used as a technique to mend old clothes and make blankets. This style of embroidery also uses the darn stitch, satin stitch, loop stitch and stem stitch.

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Kantha

 

This stylish jacket is the perfect blend of ethnicity and modern fashion. Application of traditional Kantha stich of Bengal gives it a unique identity. This iconic jacket shrouds the wearer in an aura of mystery. It is great item for making a bold fashion statement.

Kantha example

Kantha Work

Mirror Work
Mirror work is a highly intricate form of embroidery that involves sewing disc shaped mirrors in the fabric. Originating in Gujarat and Rajasthan, this embroidery technique is also called Sheeshedar. It has many slightly differing variants across Gujarat like Hir Bharat, Kutchi Bharat, Kathi etc. Mirror work generally displays big bold embroidery patterns on colourful background fabrics.

Gujarati mirror

Gujarati mirror

The bold embroidery patterns of Gujarati mirror work have been artfully used to metamorphose this saree into an elegant and chic every-day wear garment. Bright pink and green Kutchi Bharat embroidery on a contrasting blue background instantly attracts attention. The small mirrors sown to a thin border gives it a modern look.

Gujrati Mirror work

Gujrati Mirror work

Lace Work
Lace, though European by origin, has long ago been adopted by the Indian culture and successfully integrated into our traditional garments. Lace and Crochet work is now predominant in many regions of India. Entire Industries are now based on lace work. Indianization of this Western technique is truly an interesting phenomenon.

Lacework

Lacework

Triveni has created a wonderful line of lace-work clothes. A splendid example is this gorgeous red and black Kurta done entirely in delicate lace. The beautiful design in contrasting colours makes this an attractive collectors’ item. This Kurta is fashionable and traditional at the same time. It is great as an evening wear or party-wear.

Lace example

Lace Suit

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Dress Up your Diwali

Diwali is round the corner. Get ready to celebrate and enjoy this bright and colourful festival.

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Diwali is all about lights, but it won’t be just the fireworks that light up the festival. All over the country, people wear adorn special attire on Diwali and these vibrant costumes form part of a long-standing tradition that is has been passed down over the years.

In fact, the glitzy, eye-catching, traditional attire that people wear during the festival of lights are actually more of an attraction than the fireworks and are brighter than the twinkling lights and diyas dazzling around us. And, every community is portray their own grand, unique and traditional apparel on this occasion. Right from the Pathaani kurta of the Sindhi men to the Paithani saree draped by Marathi Mulgis, the Kanjivaram silk saree donned by Tamil ladies, every community has a distinct dress that is typically bright with varied hues which are unique to Diwali.

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Karnataka is famous for its Mysore silk sarees. Its sheer material clings to your body. These traditional sarees are usually plain with gold border but it gives you a rich and sober look and also highlights some of your best assets.

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Silk Saree

Silk SareeMarathis consider Paithani saree to be the best choice to be donned on Diwali. They are hand-woven sarees with unique motifs and borders. Motifs like lotus, flowering vines and the Narali are the most popular ones. Peacock border, flower pot border and geometrical square border are the most preferred. The sarees are coloured using vegetable dyes. They come alive in colours of violet and red, sky blue and pink, red and green, lavender, purple, red and black and many more.

Bandhani Saree

Bandhani Saree

Bandhani sarees are the traditional sarees of Rajasthan and Gujarat. These sarees are woven by combining vibrant colors. The motifs are usually tear drops, round spots or squares. Bandhani saree with round spots are called Chundadi and those with square are called ghatadi and those with tear drops are called kori.

Kanchipuram

Kanchpuram Saree

Tamilnadus’ Kanchipuram silk saree is the typical outfit of Tamil Nadu. Suns, moons, chariots, peacocks, parrots, swans, lions, coins, mangoes, leaves and many such motifs are woven into the Kanchipuram silk patterns. The borders are heavily brocaded with original silver zari.

All these sarees are bound to brighten up your festival of lights. So, be sure to pick from one of the widest festival range and shine bright like a diamond! light up your Diwali.

Coming up from Triveni Festival Lehengas and anakalis. Stay Tuned

More to come – Matching Accessories for Diwali outfits, makeup and much more!

Authored by – Adarsh KAM 

Fusion of Embroidery Tradition & Contemporary Fashion: North India

India, the land of cultural diversity gave birth to a plethora of embroidery styles.

In the North we have the elegant ‘Kashmiri Kashida’ famously used in shawls, drapes, salwar-kameez and woollen-kurtas. This style uses a combination of the chain stitch, the slanted darn stitch, the stem stitch and the herring-bone stitch on a fabric of wool or cotton.

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The ‘Phulkari’ stitch of Punjab and Haryana literally means ‘Flower-work’. Phulkari darn stitch is generally done on a base of dull hand-spun or Khadi cloth with brightly coloured threads that cover the material completely, leaving no gaps. It always follows a regular geometric pattern as shown below.pic2

‘Chikankari’ is a famous Indian embroidery technique that originated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh during the Mughal-era inspired by Persian crafts. The word ‘Chikan’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Chakeen’ which translates as ‘elegant pattern on the fabric’. This style currently applies over 30 different stitches including back-stitch, chain-stitch and hem-stitch. The ‘Chikan’ is an open work pattern of Jali (lace) or shadow-work consisting of mesh-like sections.pic3

Triveni applies these ancient traditional embroidery techniques to create fashionable ethnic garments.
This gorgeous black Salwar Kameez is covered with beautiful, heavy Kashida embroidery. Use of bright pink and gold threads on a contrasting rich black fabric adds glamour and shine to the entire ensemble. Match it with your favourite gold accessories and it becomes the perfect attire for traditional celebrations and festive occassions.pic4

Phulkari Stitch in contrasting colours renders a royal feel to this yellow Salwar Kameez. Use of brightly coloured threads on a complementary light background makes it instantly attractive. It is excellent attire for daytime formal events. Use of peacock hues and motifs in blues and greens add an artistic touch.pic5

The tasteful application of Chikankari gives this modern Salwar Kameez a timeless classic look. Delicate Chikankari with light green thread-work embossed on a matching background is elegance re-defined. The suit is perfect as a formal office-wear and for everyday use.

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Triveni has lot more to say about Incredible India, we will be back soon, so stay tuned to TriveniTimes

Authored by Oindrilla Mandal