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Madhubani - Art to wear! March 25, 2017 15:21

Madhubani artis one of Indian’s oldest folk art forms. It has been around for centuries and it is only now beginning to come into the limelight through modern adaptations. Madhubani art started out as traditional paintings done by women from the village of Mithila, eventually evolved into paper and canvas paintings and has now made its foray into fashion.

Hand Painted Madhubani Dupatta

Hand Painted Madhubani Dupatta

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Celebrating Handlooms and local textiles at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 March 25, 2017 15:21

The Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 showcase recently took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi from 15th to 18th March 2017. In this review we will focus on the first day of the show, which was all about handlooms and local textiles. Apart from being dedicated to handlooms, the other big highlight of Day 1 of the Amazon India Fashion Week 2017 Autumn Winter was that an enormous 71 designers showcased their designs!

Kanchi Silk Sari

 Kanchi Silk Sari

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Krazy About Kohlapuri! March 25, 2017 15:21

Kohlapuri chappals are traditional Indian footwear that have been in vogue from the earliest of time and refuses to go out of fashion! This ethnic footwear is made of leather and till date, hued and tanned with vegetable dyes. It is an open toed sandal, with a T-strap placed in-between the thumb and second finger of the feet. There is a small leather strap reminiscent to a toe ring gripping the thumb finger of the feet.

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Etymologically, the term kohlapuri got its name from the village Kolhapur, in Maharashtra where it was first made. The use of this footwear dates back to as early as circa 13th century. In ancient times they were also known as Paytaan, Kapashi, Pukari etc, all of which are also names of the villages where the footwear was manufactured. Originally buffalo skin was used to make kohlapuri chappals and as a result sometimes they weight over a kilo too, depending on the weight of the sole. The heavier the sole, the better it was considered in terms of sustainability keeping in mind the heat and terrains of the regions of Maharashtra.

A quintessential kohlapuri sandal with red tassel

 

A quintessential kohlapuri sandal with red tassel

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Kohlapuri chappals became a global affair in the early seventies with the Hippie movement in the United States, however the frenzy was short-lived. With the advent of Nineties, there was a global revival of this footwear and it continuous till date. Kohlapuri however have travelled a long way, in terms of their look. There is a lot of experimentations done with these slippers. The fashion cosmos have come up with coloured kohlapuri (quirky mono colours, neon colours), kohlapuri with quirky embellishments, etc. However, the quintessential tan brown kohlapuri, with/without heels with the little red tassel has remained the favori 

New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

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New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

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New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

New-look kohlapuri slippers with embellishments from The Loom.

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Funky new age neon kohlapuri from The Loom      

Funky new age neon kohlapuri from The Loom  

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Monochrome kohlapuri in unique aqua blue from The Loom

 Monochrome kohlapuri in unique aqua blue from The Loom

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In terms of fashion, the versatility that kohlapuri chappals offer is mind-boggling! Though quintessentially they look amazing with traditional Indian outfit, however their awesomeness is certainly not relegated to that. Kohlapuri chappals can look amazing with numerous outfits and here is a style guide for the same:-


1) The Classic – Hola to all the liberal arts affinitive people out there! Having a déjà-vu yet? Yes, no matter how cliché this sounds, kohlapuri was and still remains a must for every college going kid with sorted self-esteem and with anti-establishment/Marxist/Commie inclinations! Belonging from a liberal arts college myself, the quintessential sight of men/women wearing the crisp white kurti, blue tattered denims, jhola and of course, the kohlapuri chappal, is something very dear to my heart! But let’s bring a little twist, to this very look. As much as we love the ideal combination of white and blue jeans, try wearing the same with a kohlapuri. The entire look does not take away the classic look at all, but only adds a bit of desi quirk, for all the good reasons!
  

The classic western combination of white shirt and blue denims could look amazing when teamed up with this quintessential pair of kohlapuri from The Loom.

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The classic western combination of white shirt and blue denims could look amazing when teamed up with this quintessential pair of kohlapuri from The Loom.

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2) Denim on Denim – There is no qualms about how badly we loving wearing denim on denim. Go a step ahead and infuse some ethnic vibes to the denim on denim look by wearing kohlapuri chappals and some pretty junk jewelry! Try the look; you wouldn’t regret a morsel of it.
 

Next time you wear denim on denim, wear it with these funky neon kohlapuri chappals from The Loom

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Next time you wear denim on denim, wear it with these funky neon kohlapuri chappals from The Loom

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3) Mini-Midi-Maxis – We can’t wait to bring out those dresses with the sweltering summer just around the corner. This summer, try wearing as many khadi/cotton dresses as you can. be it a mini, a midi, or a maxi cotton/khadi dress, these breathable dresses look amazing with a pair of kohlapuri chappals!
 

 Pink ombre dyed cotton dress and Kohlapuri from The Loom

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Black Ikat maxi dress and kohlapuri from The Loom

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Quirky cotton/ khadi dresses look great with kohlapuri chappals.


4) Shimmy with Shorts- Nothing gets more awesome than wearing cotton shorts with kohlapuri! However, try wearing long-sleeved ruffles as your blouse. Carry a boho sling to add to the quirk- wa-lah, you are ready to rock the streets!
    

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Silver–beige kohlapuri from The Loom
Quirky cotton shorts, long sleeve boho tops and kohlapuri slippers equals to too much awesomeness

By Roshni Sen


Let’s Play Holi, Fashionably! March 19, 2017 00:00

What are your grand plans for the most colourful festival of the year? What about your attire for the most vibrant festival of the year? Dressing up for this particular festival can be quite a task. This traditional Indian festival is different from the other festivities in terms of dressing up; for on this day we want to look our fashionable best albeit there is also the lurking thought of messy gulals damaging our outfits.  So, if you are still skeptical about your Holi attire, (given the fact that it is just around the corner, ready to knock your doors any time now), here are few styling tips for you all to celebrate your Holi, but in a fashionable way!


Pastel Pledge! March 18, 2017 23:59

 

Pastel pink kurta-palazzo set from The Loom
Pastel pink kurta-palazzo set from The Loom


With spring in full bloom and with the colour burst all around us could not help but writing an article about Pastel Shades. Pastel shades, also referred to as ‘Chalky Colours’ (since it has the matte feel of the coloured chalk) are so much in vogue and most rightly so! They are essentially known as the ‘spring colours’ in the world of fashion; however they can be worn during any time of the year, if you style it right. In fact they can be beautifully utilized the break the mundane vibes of the grays and the browns – the dominant colour palette of winter fashion.

Pastel shades are unique because though they are bright, they render a soft feel to the eyes. the perks of pastel includes the flexibility of wearing it at any age, on any skin tone and in any setting, if one knows how to carry it off.   However, the dominant trend is wearing pastel shades western attires. What about trying pastel for traditional outfits? Ever thought of it? Straighten your worry lines on that beautiful forehead, for here is a three-step guide of wearing pastel traditional outfits: -



1) Nonchalant Neutral- Pastel and neural shade is a marriage made in heaven. The bright peppy pastel, romances beautifully with neutral shades of the fashion colour palette (namely gray, khaki, tan, black, white, brown, ivory, navy blue, etc). To make a statement, wear a kurti in pastel shade and team it up with neutral shades like beige, tan, khaki etc. (though white and black are safe neutral shades, they might fail to make a statement, so chose the stated neutral colours instead) .

Pastel orange khadi kurta and beige palazzo set from The Loom


Pastel orange khadi kurta and beige palazzo set from The Loom


2) Sombre Saturation- Pastel shades are bright and peppy. One can always pair up traditional pastel apparel with grounded saturated tones. For instance, one can wear chalky pink with a sombre dark blue. One can also create a monochrome scheme, for instance- pastel blue with a darker shade of blue.
     

Chalky yellow kurta and dark blue palazzo from The Loom


Chalky yellow kurta and dark blue palazzo from The Loom 

   Monochrome pastel kurta-palazzo from The Loom

 Monochrome pastel kurta-palazzo from The Loom


3) Pastel Square- Create a double affair with pastel, you wouldn’t regret it. Pastel shades go great with other pastel shades. So, for instance if you are choosing your kurta in a pastel, try another complimenting pastel for your pajama/palazzo/man-pants etc.  However, the trick is to choose the right two shades of pastel. (Tips - colours lying closely in the color spectrum go well with each other, for instance red and pink, blue and green etc.)

  Complimenting pastels teamed together- quirky top/ kurta and palazzo from The Loom.


Complimenting pastels teamed together- quirky top/ kurta and palazzo from The Loom


So, there you go, take a Pastel Pledge today!

By Roshni Sen


Fashion For Cause – Review of Mijwan Summer 2017 March 18, 2017 23:57

A fundraiser fashion show by Manish Malhotra for Mijwan Welfare Society.

 Mijwan Summer 2017

Mijwan Summer 2017

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NGO Mijwan welfare society was the initiative of Lt. Kaifi Azmi, revered Urdu poet and father of actress Shabana Azmi. Named after the village, Mijwan in Uttar Pradesh, this NGO was started with the goal of creating employment opportunities women, in need for the same. Another major agenda of this organization was to revive the depleting traditional Indian handicraft – the art of chikankari embroidery. Currently the leading figure of this welfare organization is Shabana Azmi and Naresh Goyal’s daughter Namrata Goyal.

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The Batik art March 15, 2017 23:09

Resist-dyeing itself is a very interesting concept of introducing patterns to a fabric by omitting colors in places in an artistic way, while allowing them on the rest of it. Among many practiced resist-dyeing techniques, one of the most fascinating and perhaps the easiest after tie-dye, is ‘Batik’.

The Batik art is generally believed to have originated in the famous island “Java” of Indonesia around 1516 BC. And Europeans are considered first to have learnt this art from Java. As confirmed by the various sources, Batik also has a history in ancient Egypt. Gradually this simple and yet so sophisticated art earned huge appreciation and acceptance and got spread from one country to another, including India, Japan, America and Africa. In ancient times, women loved to use this art to engage themselves in something amusing to make use of their spare time. Triggering their creative instincts, they came up with captivating designs, most of which were nature-inspired. Sculptures of Ajanta, Ellora and Khajuraho also served as a stimulus to this art form.

 wooden blocks carved with intricate patterns


Wooden Blocks Carved with Intricate Patterns


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Holi Style- Add colour to your wardrobe this summer! March 15, 2017 23:08

The festival of colours Holi is right around the corner. Holi marks the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. So that means it’s a whole new season with new trends.Just like the way Holi is celebrated with so much cheer and colour, why not bring in a splash of fun colours to your summer wardrobe as well! Here are three popular spring/summer 2017 fashion trends to try and help you add some colour to your wardrobe:

 

  1. Fun Floral: Floral prints never seem to go out of style and can be easily worn throughout the year. This year’s trend is floral on floral, that is wearing floral from head to toe, that particularly gives a retro vibe. Whether it is wearing a beautiful floral print dress or paring a floral top with floral pants, the options are endless. This is one trend that looks good visually and is super easy to wear.
Floral Dress from The Loom
Floral Dress from The Loom
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Dhokra Jewelry March 15, 2017 23:08

Dhokra is a traditional Indian art form, the origin of which dates back to the Indus Valley civilization, about four thousand years back.  The name Dhokra has originated from the Dhokra- Damar indigenous group of West Bengal. However, this indigenous group, has its web spread across parts of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh to a large extend and Rajasthan and even Kerala too, to some extent. The geographical web of this indigenous group becomes the reason of the coherent popularity of Dhokra art.

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Five Tips to shop sustainably! March 09, 2017 13:30

In the past couple of articles we’ve talked all about sustainable fashion, what it’s about and how it is the latest emerging trend in the fashion world. One thing is for sure that sustainable fashion is here to stay. So, with all this buzz of sustainability, eco-friendly living and fashion how does one keep up and adapt? We’ve put together five easy tips on how to shop sustainably! (These tips not only apply to garments in particular but also to other products as well):

Local Handloom fabric and Handicrafts

Local Handloom fabric and Handicrafts

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Chhau Masks – An Extraordinary Indian Handicraft March 03, 2017 20:14

Chhau Nach or Chhau is a semi-classical dance form that has evolved from the nooks of Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. Specifically it originated from the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. History reveals this dance form has its roots anchored in the realms of indigenous folk culture. This dance form is an amalgamation of martial arts, acrobatics with a semi-classical spirit. It is essentially performed by male dancers, during the night at local stages called the ‘akhra’ or ‘ashor’. The dance is usually performed in these regions during different local festivals, especially during the spring festival known as ‘Chaitra Parva’; a festival common in all the three regions of Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. Traditionally various episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas and other Indian epics were performed in the Chhau dance which served as a great source of entertainment for the local people, who would watch these performances with utmost diligence and reverence. Driving away evil spirit was believed to be the motive of this indigenous dance form, with an aim of spreading righteous spirit among people.

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All About Sustainable Fashion March 03, 2017 20:12

Global warning, increased pollution and waste, are some of the factors that are making the world move towards a more conscience, eco-friendly way of living. The fashion industry has caught on too with the emerging trend of sustainable fashion.There are multiple arguments about what exactly defines sustainable fashion. To sum them all up and put it simply, sustainable fashion is about creating processes (from growing raw materials, such as cotton to the actual finished product such as clothing) and products that aresocially responsible and impact the environment in a positive way.

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Shake your Pom-Pom! March 03, 2017 20:10

The ‘Pom-Pom’ frenzy is becoming so viral in India that it rightly deserves some recognition in the blog! The pom-pom accessories that are in fashion these days completely encapsulates the spirit of the literal ‘pom-poms’. The accessory pom-poms are colorful cotton balls or tufts, been used to embellish earrings, shoes, bags and even apparel. The accessories using colorful cotton ball pom-poms are so vibrant in nature that they can transform any mundane outfit into something exciting in a jiffy! Here is a list of pom-pom accessories in vogue and few style tips to make best use of them

Bag with Pom Noms

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Jutaa Nahi Japani! February 24, 2017 14:39

Traditional Indian Footwear And Their Modern Renditions. 

Why should the ‘jutaa’ be ‘Japani’ if our ‘dil’ is ‘Hindustani’? Let the ‘jutaa’ be Hindustani too, if the ‘dil’ is so! On that note, traditional Indian footwear has a charm of its own. Laced with history, culture and aesthetics, traditional Indian footwear has come a long way from remaining only traditional, in contemporary India.  They may be varied in terms of pattern, style and material but there is a spirit of elegance that is common in them. Till date these shoes serve as the epitome of arduous work of the Indian artisans. Below are short descriptions of three kinds of authentic, traditional Indian footwear and their journey over the time.

Traditional Indian Jutti

Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textiles Day at Lakme Fashion Week 2017 February 24, 2017 14:38

A new year, a new season and with it new fashion! The annual Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 show was recently held between 1st to 5thFeburary 2017 atJio Garden, Mumbai. The five-day fashion extravaganza showcased both prominent as well as upcoming designers and their innovative designs. What was particularly interesting about this year’s show was one day being dedicated purely to sustainable fashion (link to article on sustainable fashion) and Indian textiles. The second day of the Lakme Fashion Week 2017 was the day that celebrated traditional Indian handlooms and weaves, along with fashion that is environmentally friendly.

Lakme Fashion Week


The Woven Luxury- Patola February 24, 2017 14:36

Silk itself is synonymous to luxury and well-being, but when it comes to Patola Silk of Patan, there is nothing that could beat the grandeur of this luxurious cloth. Embedded in the land of Gujarat, PATOLA is one of the many vivid and ornate arts the land boasts of.

 A glimpse of the most opulent art of India 

Patola is a form of textile art that employs double ikkat technique of weaving. Crafted from the finest silk, the fabric thus produced is referred to as patola silk. This Opulent art is exclusive to Gujarat and owing to its exceptional magnificence has made its way to every textile museum on this planet.

Patan Patola


Revival of Roots February 24, 2017 14:34

A Review Of Anuj Bhutani’s Collection For Lakmė Fashion Week, Summer Resort 2017 & Ways To Personalize Runway Fashion.

It’s almost enthralling to witness, how with every passing day there is a growing urge to revive the loom fabrics, among the Indian designers of the recent times. The aura of the same is refreshing, not only because the designers are coming up with an array of experimentation using these fabrics (blending ‘traditional’ with ‘contemporary’ and creating a complete nouveau look out of it), but also because they are conveying a long forgotten message to the Indians, suffering from the occidental hangover; the message of the sense of ‘belongingness’, the sense of subtle pride, in adorning these fabrics!

Kalamkari Dupatta


TRADITIONAL-Fashion that Refuses to go out of style! February 17, 2017 16:39

We live in a homeland of traditions- where they are valued way too high, above and over everything and why not? Our traditions and in particular our dresses influenced by unfathomably rich culture of India are the reason we stand distinguished from the rest of the globe.

Agree or not but irony is, that there is nothing more fashionable than age-old TRADITIONALS- you never are at the risk of running out of trend! We don't know if there is a saying, but there has to be one, “when in doubt, wear traditional”; with an elegant piece of traditional clothing in your closet, you never have to think twice. Don't worry, we have a right amount of justification to our claim- when was the last time you frowned at somebody wearing a vintage silk saree, because they looked too outdated? Answer is, Never! Yes, a Saree is a Classic example of, how palatable and  flexile our traditional dresses could be, you can carry them to almost any event because they just refuse to budge out of vogue. 

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Gharara Set


Patachitra- Oral history on Cloth. February 13, 2017 12:32

ndia’s association with the loom and the cloth seems almost inevitable and inseparable. This phenomenon is not only relegated to Indian attires; it resonates in various facets of Indian culture; the unique Indian art form ‘Patachitra’ (pronounced as pawtochitro in Bengal) is an example of the same.

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Patachitra


Modern Take on Age-Old Angrakhas February 10, 2017 12:51

The best part of fashion is, it keeps coming back-perhaps in new silhouettes, exotic patterns and intriguing styles, but the essence remains the same and more often than not, the contemporary fashion is a revived version of the style deeply rooted in and inspired by the history. Interestingly, the fashion reminisced from the past is the most widely accepted and wearable of all.

One such style that has endured through the ages is the most versatile “Angrakha”. Traditionally, Angrakha is an upper garment worn by men in India, the term is said to have been derived from Sanskrit and its literal translation is “Body Protector”.

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Vintage Angrakha Dress


Ethnic Elan On Indian Streets February 08, 2017 13:49

The street style is something that has and forever will, remain in vogue. Come to think of it when was the last time you spared two minutes thinking about the relevance of the same? What is after all so immortal about street fashion? The answer to this has forever hovered around us, waiting to be acknowledged.

Street fashion is that variant of style which essentially is not born out of any recognized designer’s psyche and seldom does it come with the burden of inhibitions. It is something that evolves out of one’s own comfort arena, is nurtured with one’s own creative capacity and is immensely influenced by the milieu that one is subjected to. It is this intimate relationship that an individual has with his or her street style, is what makes this trend so inevitable, denying to go out of vogue ever; this is simply owing to the fact that street fashion is something, an individual can have ownership of, since one way or the other it is also largely an impersonation of one’s persona. 

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Let's Talk Love! February 07, 2017 16:30

Valentine’s Day is round the corner and we are already sensing so much love in the air. Yes, the festival of love is up close, the only one that is celebrated by the love soaked souls of all faiths, ethnicity and class alike.

It's that time of the year by which, the once a secret admirer has mustered enough nerve to speak his lovestruck heart inside out to her beloved. It's the time where even married couples don't want to miss out on adding a little spark of romance in their usually pushed aside love life.

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Red Dress For Valentines Day

 


The glittering sophistication of Gota Patti July 14, 2016 19:38

The glittering sophistication of Gota Patti

Gota Patti work, the symbol of royal elegance for centuries in Rajasthan and a favorite of brides around the country, gives anyone adorning it a sheer sense of joy and pride. Historically called and even today Gota Patti work is also known as Aari tari or Zardozi.

 

 

Gotta is the Indian term referring to a thin ribbon made of gold, silver or metal thread and Patti is a fabric which runs like a lace and has designs and motifs on it.

Originating from Rajasthan, it is common part of folklore in their daily wear, and from there many designers have picked up to bring to you the best of such a rustic and true craft which is to make anyone happy. 

 

 

Gota patti is basically metallic, lustrous and bright embroidery crafted through the applique technique woven first as strips of silver, gold or other colorful ribbons of varied width. It is our own indigenous textile culture whose adornment gives you a sense of romancing the glorious past.

 

Base fabric and techniques

Various types of the base fabrics are used for applique work like georgette, chiffon in solid dyed, block printed, tie and dye fabric. The cloth work is generally fully complete before gota patti work begins on each fabric.

 

Gota patti is generally popular for stoles, turban edges, lehengas, kurtis, saree and even men’s kurtis and angrakhas.  In case of gotta patti, embroidery metal strands are passed through the needle in fabric all the way through chain stitch. The single metal wire called "badla", wound on threads called "kesav", bring up the most beautiful works of fabric. Polyester ribbons are commonly used for appliqué work. It is moisture resistant, cost effective and durable 

An artist’s work

Artisans work very hard to bring out the delight of Rajasthan in the form of beautiful gota patti works. The common materials used in this are -

Wooden frame: The Gota Patti work is done on Wooden or metallic frames which are also called adda over which base fabric is put tightly to provide uniform tension and that prevents pattern distortion and eases the work on fabric

 

Needle: Awe or ari needle used for the process is a variety of the one used for crochet works too.

 

 

Other materials: like some stones and beads can also be incorporated in the process, and now a days many combinations of threads and ribbons make up the fabric even more attractive and eye catching. The other materials used with Gota Patti are dory, sitara, beads, sequins, stones etc.

 

 

Designs and Motifs

Designs and motifs for all gotta patti works is inspired from nature and its surroundings. In the technique of gota tukdi , gota is cut into shapes such as the flowers, mango, and  some animal motifs as elephant, camel, horse, peacock, parrot, sparrow. Geometric patterns and designs are also very common and are popular in this eye feasting tradition. Gota patti work involves the folding of these pattis designs or embroided and combining them to create elaborate motifs and patterns that are sewn onto turbans, garments, baskets and various other objects. Though fabric one is the epitome of all the craftsmanship.

 

 

 

Your wardrobe is incomplete without gota patti collection. It is the favorite among all traditional embroidery collections and suits all ages and body types. Give yourself the right to luxury with the most fascinating historic embellishments in your clothing.You can even shop some beautiful gotta suits and kurtis on our website www.theloom.in

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5 must visit places in Jaipur July 14, 2016 19:31

Pink city, also called the city of extremes, at it has all that it takes to take your experiences to the extremes of hospitality, taste and adventure. The capital of a land rich famous for its splendor, art, history and culture has allured us all for ages. But what does this mesmerizing city hold the most special in itself? Let’s take a little digital tour here of the things you should never miss in Jaipur next time you are here.

 

 

 

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Amber Fort

The most famous of all forts in India, is one of the finest examples of architectural marvel. Open from 9 am to 5:30 pm the fort opens its gates for all visitors. Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. An elephant ride up to Amber Fort is an experience in itself and also provides a livelihood to absolute must. It’s an exhilarating experience to ride up along the cobbled path to the magnificent Fort astride an equally majestic elephant. Watching the Light and Sound Show at the Amber Fort is also a great way to spend an evening in Jaipur.

 

 

 

 

Abhaneri or PannaMeenakaKund

PannaMeenaKaKund, also known as Abhaneri or PannaMian Ki Baoli, is an eight storey step well. Built in the 16th century, by Gurjarpratihar king SamratMihirBhoj, the sight storey well has criss-cross steps arranged on three sides with small niches created into the walls. Not only did the step well served as a source of water, it was also the place of community gathering where people would come to chat. Relax or swim in the cool waters. Due to its architectural splendor and its intricate unique design, it is now one of the most visited tourist spots in and around Jaipur.

 

 

 

 

Haveli Tour

Do take a walking tour of Hawelis that have stood time and yet kept the richness alive. This is the best way to explore traditions of this walled city, and experience the life of local communities, their religious practices, food and daily habits. The Hawelis are no less an architectural wonder, and offer the ambience of the rustic heritage. It’s a walk to remember.

 

 

 

HawaMahal

One of the major attractions and picturesque landmarks of this heritage city is HawaMahal. This five-storey beautiful palace built of red and pink sandstone was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. Its beauty and attraction mainly comes from its pyramid shape and the 953 windows or 'Jharokhas' which are decorated with intricate designs. They were made to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they were never allowed to appeared in public.The palace is beautiful and a must visit if you’re in Jaipur.

 

 

JantarMantar Observatory

JantarMantar is an astronomical observatory site built in the early 18th century, it is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments among others. It was designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is one of the most well preserved historic observatories and is now one of the world heritage sites. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period - Maharaja Jai Singh 

 

Shoppers Paradise in Pink City

Many markets are famous for their unique products and crafts in this city –

 

  • Johari Bazaar is the place to shop from for wedding lehengas with tie and dye, hand embroidery, mirror and kundan work to delicate and dazzling pieces of jewelry.
  • A walk in Bapu Bazaar gives the feel and essence of historic pink city.
  • Nehru Bazaar offers exquisite perfumes, pottery and textiles to trinkets and traditional jootis,
  • Kishanpol Bazaar where you can test your bargaining skills to strike a good deal for all kinds of traditional Rajisthani products.
  • Tripolia Bazaar is the one for our favorite clothing, rich textiles and crafts.
  • I. Road has the Emporia Complex where you can buy decorative and traditional artwork for your home. The huge array of clothes, jewelry, textiles, carpets, artifacts and ornamented handicrafts available here is fascinating.

 

 

So your trip to the majestic historic city that breathes crafts is surely incomplete without visiting these lovely shopping paradises. You won't resist coming home with your hands full of shopping bags and heart full of happiness!

 

Get an intriguing, culturally rich, colorful and vibrant holiday this time in Jaipur. A destination which you haven’t yet added to your bucket list, then its surely missing something.

 

Also, you can shop the beautiful products of Jaipur on our website www.theloom.in

 

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Fesitivity is in the air! October 07, 2015 16:33

October has already started, and so is the festive mood. Weather is suddenly changing which is a strong indication that Diwali is not far. The festival of lights, which is celebrated in almost all parts of India is an indication that you should pack your summer essentials and fill your wardrobe with winter wear.

 


Art of Kalamkari October 03, 2015 16:43

Kalamkari is a form of craft which involves free hand drawing and block printing on textiles. Kalam means pen and kari means craftsmanship, hence the name kalamakari. The kalamkari artists generally use natural dyes for their paintings. This art is used to make various products like sarees, dupattas, dresses, paintings, jewellery et al.

 Kalamkari Dupatta


How Deepika Padukone wears her saree! August 09, 2015 15:04

The great bollywood diva, Deepika Padukone is often seen wearing sarees during her public appearance. We love her in sarees, and often wait for her desi avatar. Be it a Sabyasachi saree during movie promotions or a Manish Malhotra saree in a movie, Deepika rocks them all. So many people follow Deepika's style statement, for all, those we have compiled her best of appearances in sarees.


The Right Blouse Design April 14, 2015 13:42

The six yards of fabric, popularly known as saree or sari, has so much grace attached to it. People say draping a saree is a tough task, we say carrying it is tougher. Well, when it comes to a saree, we love every part of it. And one of the most important parts is the blouse. A blouse can make or break the deal. So, it's important to choose the right blouse with the right saree.


"Crafts Of India" - The show stopper at Amazon India Fashion Week February 22, 2015 15:18

India has been long known for it's crafts along with Taj Mahal, Banaras, Bollywood, Mahatma Gandhi and many more. This year, India Fashion Week has decided to revive the crafts of India, at it's 25th anniversary.

The "25th" year is marked with many twenty-fives. One being the collaboration of 25 designers show casing their interpretation of khadi at the grand finale of fashion week. Thus giving a new life to the forgotten crafts of India.