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

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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Authored by Oindrila Mandal

Till next time.