Ready for Fashion Feast on Karva Fast?

The occasion is here – the love, the prayers and celebrations through whole day fast followed by a feast full of delightful delicacies. Well apart from gastronomic delight, we mean fashion feast and when it’s Indian traditional festival, it is nothing but sarees. The debates on Karwa Chauth shall go on, whether it’s orthodox patriarchal norm or love for your partner! But we can’t deny that it gets trending every year from ‘Solah Shringar’ to Karva Chauth legend stories to fashion tips. Well, we believe it’s choice of women to do so and equally encourage men to love, pray and also it’s about their choice to fast for lady luck of their lives. However, when it’s about styling and it’s something traditional, we cannot resist coming up ‘in-fashion stuff’. And after all, Karwa Chauth is about our favourite colour – Red and it’s allies. Check out what you can have this year along with some Karva Stories!

Because It’s Red All The Way

Go Crimson, glow as Scarlet, adorn colours of Berries and Cherries, or look intoxicating like Wine or priceless as Ruby. Blush like a Rose, do what you want! If you think red all around will be boring, then do not forget that Red is timeless and no-confusion hue. And, perhaps you haven’t experimented yet with all it’s shades from the palette.

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If You Are A Newly Wed Bride

When in doubt, choose Red, and when you are a bride, you got to wear Red. That’s how Indian tradition goes. But new girls getting gypsy types want to try different things. As much as the brides are breaking stereotypes and trying new colours, we find a way between tradition and a little shift from Red. Go with conventions with a slight difference. Girl Tribe, get the Vibe - Go PINK!

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Florals Are Gonna Stay

You know the floral prints or the little floral thread work is in-fashion and it’s gonna stay for a while. Grab the very Red six-yard apparels that are having flower-like designs, embroideries and prints. You can go for golden embroideries that look fabulous on Red, or any other contrast. Pretty designs carved on the saree of the similar hue would be equally appealing to the eyes of onlookers. Have a fashionable floral fiesta on Karva Chauth this year!

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The Little Bohemian In You

When there’s not much choice to make, you got to impress the elderly ladies and in-laws for a day. Keep it traditional, just experiment with a new hue of blouse colours. Match and mix it with Red  to turn it from simple to significant. Pastels or neon will work better than expected. Try for yourselves!

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So ladies, compliment each other this season. Get going, keep shopping! Happy Karwa Chauth

- Yashi Das

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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

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lace Suit

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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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Authored by Oindrilla Mandal