Oct 30 2007
Every Tuesday, we will try to highlight interesting blouse designs.
A blouse can make or break a saree, but you already know that.
Here are some creative blouse cuts and examples of interesting symmetry.
Oct 2 2007
If you do not know, Thaavani is a half saree, just the front part of a saree that covers the chest and just a little that goes around the back, essentially no front pleats, compared to a full saree.
Normally it is worn by a young woman in their tweens and is an important rite of passage for many tamil girls.
Of course, not unexpectedly, the tradition of wearing a half-saree for girls is going away. But I am not concerned. It won’t be long before Thaavani is back in fashion again. As I have repeatedly said, saree is not something that you can insist that people wear, they have to discover it for their own self.
I cam across a delightful posting by Premlatha on her Kombai blog about her memories of wearing a Thaavani:
I insisted on wearing thaavani, you know, I insisted. It was not my parents, but I asked for it. It is my upbringing that is, I come from such a family of very good people, that the moment I felt the lumps (paatti told me that this is not a disease but normal lumps girls get at this age), I decided that I will wear thaavani.
Everyone in my class were surprised to see me in thaavani. They all commented that I am too small, not even attained major yet. That makes me feel very proud of myself. See, what a good girl I am.
Some of the writing is sarcastic, some of it is poignant but all of it is delightful and full of nostalgia. And I think Nostalgia is one of the most under-appreciated pleasures in life.
Ok, back to Half-Saree, this is not a perfect picture of a half saree, but at least it is illustrative of what is meant by half saree.
And here is a picture of a full “half-saree”
Sep 20 2007
The Paithani saree is known the world over for its uniqueness. It is one of the most beautiful sarees in the world. Beautifully crafted, with an exquisite zari border, this saree is truly a poem in silk. The Paithani saree is chosen by brides to wear on their special day, especially in Gujarati and Maharashtrian families.
In an original Paithani saree, pure silk is used in the weaving of the body and pure gold and silver zari is used in the pallu and the border. The zari used in the preparation of the saree is specially procured from Surat in Gujarat. The process of preparation of a Paithani saree can take a time period ranging from a month to years. It is because of these reasons that this saree is rather expensive. To bring down the price of these sarees, weavers are using silver instead of gold and silk in place of silver.
Traditionally, Paithanis used to have a plain body with a heavy golden border and a large pallu. However, with the passage of time, various motifs began to be used in these sarees.
Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
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