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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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.
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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

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.

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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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Authored by Oindrila Mandal

Till next time.

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.

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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Best Sarees From Day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014

Day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 was all about intricate and beautiful embroidery motifs on garments as much as the celebrity attraction on the ramp. Here are Triveni’s best saree picks from day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week.

ARPITA MEHRA

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Arpita Mehra’s show featured pretty floral embroidery motifs while the sarees were interestingly gathered into pleats at the knee length which added to kinetic aesthetics. 

 

MANISH MALHOTRA

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Ace Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra concluded the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. He showcased this rich beetroot hue saree teamed with sequinned sheer blouse on the grand finale.

 

RIDHI MEHRA

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More floral embroidery, this time at Ridhi Mehra’s ramp. Fashion designer Ridhi Mehra styles a simple navy saree with floral border with lace blouse and waist belt with floral elements.

 

SONAAKSHI RAJ

sonaakshi raaj lakme fashion week 1 sonaakshi raaj lakme fashion week 2Fashion designer Sonaakshi Raaj showcased quirky saree drapes in soft pastel hues. The first saree in cool mint tone is paired with cowl trousers and metallic embellished blouse while the second saree ensemble in soft pink features a thigh high slit.

 

VIKRAM PHADNIS

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Celebrated fashion designer Vikram Phadnis showcased sarees with occasinal multi-hue embroidery and dyes while otherwise stuck to head to to gold look. The three opulent saree ensembles designed by Vikram Phadnis concludes our list of best sarees of day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014.

Best Sarees from Day 4 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014

ANUSHREE REDDY

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Anushree Reddy’s sarees had a charming vintage feel in dull tones of rose and sea green. The measuring tape border in the saree definitely stands out as an unconventional design detail.

MRINALINI CHANDRA (SAREES BY NIKHIL THAMPI)

marinalini chandra 2 mrinalini chandra 1 mrinalini chandra 3Jewellery designer Mrinalini Chandra took inspiration from flowers, leaves, insects, monkeys and fish to create interesting metallic accessories that were complimented by sarees in cocktail colours designed by Nikhil Thampi.

 

PACO & JACKY

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This youthful mint green saree seen at Paco & Jacky is paired with a monochromatic blouse featuring leather panel. 

 

PAYAL SINGHAL

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This saree ensemble seen at Payal Singhal’s show beautifully balances the monotonous subdued base colour with prints in fluorescent tones accompanied by mandarin collared blouse.

 

SHANTANU & NIKHIL

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We conclude our best saree list of day 4 at Lakme Fashion Week with a red and black-gold  saree ensembles designed by the king of evening drapes – Shantanu & Nikhil.

Top 5 Sarees from Day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

archana kochharGarments at Archana Kochhar’s summer/resort 2014 show at Lakme Fashion Week derived inspiration from the Pop Art Paris map, to the Eiffel Tower and spring blossoms, the images were turned into digital prints and combined with monochromatic black stripes and checks. Resort wear just got an Indo-western twist with this black and white stripe and check saree.

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Debashri Samanta showcased a quirky, fun collection titled ‘Summer Houses’ at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. This handloom Jamdani saree in Popsicle orange and beige has a playful ardour.

jyotsna tiwariThis playfully printed creation by Jyotsna Tiwari on day five at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 draws inspiration from beach weddings that spell glamour on the sand, sea and under the moonlight.

neeta lullaKnown for her ultra-glam Red Carpet creations and stunning bridal couture, Neeta’s Diffusion line was a vibrant and scintillating offering for the fashion conscious woman. Neeta gives a new style direction to this saree which is a blend of Bollywood glamour with couture chic.

payal khandwalaAimed at the bold uninhabited sensuous elegant woman, this soft and fluid jewel tone saree designed by Payal Khandwala concludes our top five saree picks from day five at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

5 Hot Sarees from Day 3 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

Day three at Lakme Fashion Week celebrated the textile heritage of India which celebrated traditional Indian fabrics fused with abundance of innovative weaves and surface techniques. Here are our top five hot saree picks from day three at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

gaurangFashion designer Gaurang displayed opulent brocades with khadi base in rich hues of reds, blues, turmeric and greens. The collection titled ‘Chandbali’ revived the antique odhnas, in turn offering a splendid range of ethnic silhouettes which were draped in variety of styles.

mrinalini chandraThis red saree ensemble from Mrinalini Chandra’s summer/resort 2014 collection was an immediate hit in social media. The elegant red saree was widely shared in twitter and received rave reviews for the quirky use of metallic accessories.

shruti sancheti pinnacle 2Shruti Sancheti derived inspiration from Pondicherry where French influences meet Tamil sensibilities. The young designer beautifully translated the concept by juxtaposing vintage European floral motifs with traditional saree silhouette. The experiment paid off resulting in elegant boho inspired ensembles.

shruti sancheti pinnacleAnother saree from Shruti Sancheti’s collection which finds a place in our top five list for its sheer sex quotient without compromising on the elegance the concept and theme had to offer. Controlled creativity at its best!

anna villa 5It’s impossible to choose any one particular saree from this fabulous collection by Anavila Misra which was splendid display of innovative surface techniques in hand-woven linen and jamdani base. Read the full collection review of Anavila Misra Summer/Resort 2014.