28 May, 2018

Net Chikan Saree

I had worn this net Chikan saree here and here earlier. But yesterday it was worn with a different blouse pairing.

Read below some very interesting facts and research about saree how and why it keeps us warm during winters and cool in summers. How saree acts like a thermos flask and gives us insulation.

No wonder it has been our attire even before the times of Mahabharata. It was the garment for Apsaras (Goddesses and fairies). It is a garment that makes you stand out in a crowd. It is something that is most admired in the world. And if you are looking for photo ops, nothing can beat a saree. So if you are travelling to beautiful locales and want Yash Chopra movie like photographs, do pack in your sarees. 

For many Indian women today, the sari is more an outfit for rare, dressy occasions than utilitarian daily wear. Better the pre-stitched convenience of trousers or salwar kameezes than the fumbling that comes with six-yards of freeform fabric. Yet, a new study by a Riyadh-based researcher of Indian origin turns the idea on its head, showing that the Indian sari scores over western wear on at least one aspect of convenience – insulation. Much like a thermos flask, the sari has the ability to keep its wearer warm or cool, depending on the weather around her. It’s all in the pallu, the study shows. Depending on whether you pleat the pallu or drape it across your shoulders, you can alternate between the warmth of a sweater and trousers or the breeziness of a summer skirt and blouse.

This finding was reported last month in the journal Architectural Science Review by a group of researchers from South Korea’s LG Electronics and the University of California, Berkeley. Lead author Madhavi Indraganti, who is currently a professor at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, studies thermal comfort – the perception of comfort which people experience when the temperature, their clothing and the airspeed around them is just right. Indraganti’s work involves speaking to occupants of residential and commercial buildings to understand what contributes to their thermal comfort and then creating mathematical models to help building designers pick the most appropriate architecture for a climate. As Indraganti tells me in an interview on the phone, “Thermal comfort is the primordial reason behind human existence. If it wasn’t for thermal comfort, we wouldn’t be alive.”

25 May, 2018

Label Kiran Sawhney

Till a few years back, I was actively selling handloom sarees through this blog. Then I got busy with many other things. Being a graduate from NIFT, my interest in fashion has always been there. Handlooms and handwoven sarees have always attracted me. With this saree, which is my brainchild, today I am relaunching my label Kiran Sawhney. Looking forward to your encouraging response. 
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23 May, 2018

Chanderi sarees

People think that Chanderis are delicate, hard to maintain, difficult to wear. Here are two chanderi sarees that belonged to my mom and recently mom passed them to me. These are easily more than two decades old. Mom wore them and now I am wearing them. Hence proven that they do last long. Just because they appear fluffy, does not mean that they are difficult to drape. These sarees are ideal for summers.

My mom in same chanderi saree.

This silver grey Chanderi saree, I have paired with khun blouse. Recently, when I had gone to Pune, I bought a lot of Khun blouse fabrics from there. I have not seen these in Delhi.

21 May, 2018

Sambalpuri Saree from Odisha

Recently I met a friend who I consider as Wikipedia of sarees. She is so knowledgeable. You can read about her and see her pictures with me here  She has a gorgeous collection of sarees and is very popular amongst saree aficionados.  For most of us, she is our top favourite. For me, it was connecting with the sweetest person, who is super down to earth, well read and someone I had an instant bonding with. To dedicate, an Odisha saree to her, I wore a Bandha saree from Orissa with Jhoti design. (This knowledge comes from her). It has a village scene on its pallu. See the pictures below to see the details. I hand painted a blouse with it. I got this saree from Odisha emporium in Delhi. 

18 May, 2018

Dhakai Saree

 Unlike the National dress of Japan- Kimono, saree is not a structured garment. These are six fluid yards that require no zips, fasteners, tailoring, buttons. I do not even use safety pins. Some women do. I do not recommend them. The saree will not come off, even if you accidentally trip on it. That is why Indian women can do all household chores comfortably in it. The size does not change and nor does the fashion (provided it is a traditional woven saree. We are not talking about the designer or embroidered sarees here which are better less spoken or written about- pieces of trash). 
In fact, like wine, the older the saree gets (traditional ones), the better and classier it becomes. It is six yards of free-flowing, unstitched fabric that can be draped in innumerable ways. It suits every body type and age, it is ideal for all weathers, it comes in various fabrics and every price range- from very low, mid and very high. What is there to not love in a saree? In different parts of India, although you will find different languages, cultures, traditions, a common binding factor in each part is a saree. It might be draped differently in each part but saree will have its strong presence everywhere. 
I have worn this saree Dhakai here before with a different blouse pairing.

14 May, 2018

Peshwai saree

Recently when I had gone to Pune, I went to the market. A friend suggested that I should buy Peshwai saree which are originally from there. These sarees are made of Puneri cotton, which is a very fine cotton and has pure zari palla and border. These looked so similar to Paithani sarees. I went to the store named Peshwai. I was shown at least 15 different colours in these. They were all light colours- lime green, soft pink, soft blue, etc. The only saree that caught my attention was this fuschia. It seems so similar to my Paithani saree.  Do check the link. I kept thinking and eventually, picked up fuschia only. No other colour looked as nice and bright as this. For a cotton saree, this seemed as expensive as silk but I was told that Puneri cotton (from Pune) is one of the finest cotton and hence it is overpriced.