The Chettinad Wardrobe

An ode to timeless traditions October 14, 2019 The motifs woven in our silk sarees have always borne special meaning offering insights into our weaving traditions and society at large. The symbols which adorned the temple walls went into our silks to signify auspiciousness. The Gopurams of South Indian temples saw a design equivalent in the borders of a Kanchipuram sari. The symbolic patterns in sculptures were derived as meaningful motifs by the ...

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Drapes of India – Rajasthani Costume

The drapes of Rajasthani women reflect a fascinating aspect of their region. Each community has a distinct custom, dwelling, occupation and dress. The attire and jewellery of various groups of the regions right from nomadic tribals, camel-herders, shepherds, craftsmen, traders to warriors had a history of aristocratic tradition and an aura of mythology and religion. The most important factor that determines variation in a woman’s costume within a community is her ...

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How do you care for naturally dyed fabrics and sarees?

The first thing one should understand is the nature of the fabric and the source of natural dyes used in it. Storage, wash and laundry care are very important for naturally dyed fabrics since they tend to fade more quickly than the synthetic dyes. What are Natural dyes? Natural dyes are those dyes which are made from vegetables, minerals and of animal origin. They were the only source of colouring before ...

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History of Saree

"Six yards of elegance, charm and grace" can be the simplest description of a saree. Ever wondered how long this garment has been a part of our lives? Read along to know... Saree, also known as sari is a traditional attire of Indian women. The name Sari originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Saadi’ which means ‘a strip of cloth’. In sanskrit literature, it is mentioned as Sattika and as Jatakas in ...

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