19 March, 2018

Chikan Saree

Handloom sarees sans any embroidery are gorgeous. Some embroideries that are exceptionally outstanding because of their work are Chikan, Kashmiri, Parsi, Phulkari, Kantha and Convent embroidery. Especially because these are hand embroideries done intricately with threads and are subtle and rich. What looks loud and garish are sequins, zari, zardozi, etc on sarees.
Some of my Chikan sarees, that I have worn previously can be seen here, here, here, here and here.
I have worn the saree shown below previously here. This is a beautiful, soft peach coloured saree with rich chikan embroidery on it. It looks and feels cool in summers. I wore it to catch up with a friend.

13 March, 2018

Hand Painted saree

This saree is hand painted by me and is about thirty-five years old. I have worn it previously here which is about 7 years back.
I had hand painted it as part of my school project. It was a whole different process- buying organdy, getting it traced with the carbon paper, buying fabric paints and painstakingly working on it, the whole summer vacations and creating something. Obviously, the memories and feelings attached to it are different and it has been kept with utmost care.
The necklace I am wearing has also been created by me from the scratch.

12 March, 2018

Kotpad saree

Kotpad is a saree that is on top of every handloom lover's must-have list. It is a rare revival weave of India. Kotpad sarees are an adaptation of tradition Kotpad shawls. The traditional and tribal Kotpad region of Odisha has been producing cotton dupatta shawls and sarees from regional cotton which is little thick. The dyes that are used in it are extracted from local roots. The dying of yarn takes 15- 30 days depending on the sunshine. These sarees are thick, heavy, earthy and coarse. It is a tribal weave and is known for its simplicity and elegance. They are super easy to maintain, to wear, to pleat and the best part is that they are perfectly suitable both for summers and harsh winters.
Kotpad Handloom is a vegetable Dyed Fabric woven by the tribal weavers of Kotapad Cotton Sarees with solid border and Pata Anchal, with typical Butis /Motives. The natural dye is manufactured out of the Aul Tree grown in this area.
The characteristics of natural dye colouring are derived from the AUL or madder dye (Morinda Citrifolia) extracted from the root of the Indian Madder tree. Since it is prepared out of natural resources which are non-toxic and hence non-harmful to the skin. Even though it is only a limited colour range, it is eco-friendly and shades developed are very pleasant. The powerful and vibrant colours ranging from deep maroon to dark brown depending on the age of the root bark and the proportion of the dye used and is obtained with the addition of harikari or sulphate of iron. These colours combined with the natural unbleached off-white colour of the yarn produce dramatic results. The fabric developed are very tedious and time-consuming process reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the tribal’s of Orissa, the motifs used on the fabric that is crab, fish, conch boat, axes, fan, bow, a temple which reflect the cross-cultural linkage of the area. These motifs are developed by the extra wefts. Solid border effect of the fabric is brought upon which pig by pig insertion of the thread by use of multi shuttle by the interlocking method. Kotpad is a small village in Koraput District of Odisha. Kotpad handloom is now gradually diminishing as it is a difficult and not so cost-effective way of weaving. The weave has been given GI tag.These are premium organic sarees.

05 March, 2018

White Dhakai saree

Recently, amongst many other sarees, mom also gave me her this beautiful white Dhakai saree. In fact, I had chosen this beauty for her many years back. No wonder, I loved it so much. Online I see women exchanging and wearing each other's sarees. For me, this concept is weird. No offence to anyone. While I can proudly flaunt my mom's old sarees, exchange sarees with my sister, I would have loved to inherit my grand mother's sarees, I cannot imagine exchanging sarees with any other woman randomly. Anyhow, to each their own.
I carefully mend and darn mom's sarees (I am quite an expert at it), make it look fresh and new and pair it with my blouses.
I have said it earlier and I will say it again- Treat your blouses like tops that you wear with skirts or pants. Or like leggings that you pair with tunics and Kurtis. Do not try to match much. Anything works and especially with this exquisite white Dhakai saree, the possibilities are innumerable. Anything and everything can be paired with this.

03 March, 2018

Mom's Chanderi saree

Why are mom's sarees extra special?

They are vintage.
They have mom's fragrance in them.
They are unlike any other saree that you can ever get or buy in the market.
They have memories attached to them.
You remember how mom used to wear it.
They are soft and light like air. (breath of fresh air).
They are fragile so you take extra special care of them.
They do not come with their original blouses. So you end up mixing and matching and being creative.
You just can caress them endlessly.

I got this feather-light, soft as butter, cream Chanderi saree from my mom very recently. It has olive green buttas all over and also on pallu. The edge is thin gold and olive green. My sarees mostly have big and wide borders. This is a refreshing change for me.

02 March, 2018

Cotton saree for comfort and grace

I have previously worn this saree here  If you are following me on instagram, you would have seen it.
Recently, I have been on a buying spree for sarees. I have become a saree addict. 
But I also realise that I must not neglect my old sarees. I should repeat them often. So here it is. Although this cotton saree has traces of Orissa Ikat, I had bought it from Chennai. Hence, I am not very sure of its origin. I bought similar saree in a different colour for my sister too. Check out our sarees.
Below I am also posting the pictures of this saree worn previously.
Today I paired it with Punjabi Jutti and glass bangles.
It is delightful to take care of your sarees. Starting with a process of getting fall on it, getting its blouse made, wearing it, folding it back neatly, giving it for steam ironing- the whole routine is endearing and enriching. No other garment brings you so much joy.