Category: Ethnic Wear

Ikat – A dyeing technique

Writing a fashion post after a long time. Wore these “Ikat” saris today – both from different states in India. The blue one is from Odisha and the silver/red one from Pochampally in Telangana. “Ikat” is an Indonesian word, and this dyeing technique originated from there and is now practised in India primarily in Odisha (Sambalpur),…

Bhagalpuri Silk

Attended a seminar today in a Bhagalpuri silk kurta and dupatta that I’d purchased a couple of years ago in an exhibition, directly from a weaver. He had lots of fabric in different ethnic colours and designs, and very elegant dupattas. This variety of silk is very beautiful yet affordable, and even their saris are…

Vanishing Tribes – Lambadis

As the world is getting more and more globalized, it’s also becoming more homogenized, and it’s believed that many indigenous languages and cultures are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid rate. The Earth’s population of seven billion people speaks roughly 7,000 languages (source: National Geographic), but roughly one language is dying every 14 days!! Along with…

On Batik

This is an earthy looking Khadi (Indian home-spun) Batik silk sari that I purchased in the Khadi store in Hazratgunj, Lucknow. Wore it for the first time today and was very pleased because it’s light and easy to drape (was very affordable too). Had purchased some authentic tribal brass jewelry in the “Museum of Tribal…

Kashmiri Embroidery

  Since winter is already here or around the corner, decided to do a post on Kashmir! Put together a few pics in dresses with the traditional Kashmiri embroidery. Purchased them at various exhibitions from Kashmiri traders, and they’re very comfortable and great for winters. We can also find beautiful coats, shawls and stoles in the…

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad.

At Golconda Fort – Hyderabad (India), a few days ago. Will post more on this historic fort soon…. PS: The red dupatta that I’m wearing was a gift from an Assamese friend – it’s a typical “Bodo” (a tribe of Assam) cotton shawl  🙂

Souvenirs from Lucknow, India

Visited Lucknow two years ago and loved the city, and the “Chikankari” there. “Chikankari” is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery – traditional to Lucknow. Ended up checking out quite a bit and also buying many. There’s nothing more exhilarating or exonerating than being able to convert a vice into a virtue 🙂 🙂 …

Souvenirs from Odisha, India

  Posted this on my FB page www.facebook.com/Aparnablog today 🙂 🙂 “Hope you’re having a Great Tuesday! Decided to check in briefly to do a fast and easy post with old pics. This post is about something that I’m very passionate about – Indian #handlooms and #textiles. Whenever I travel around India, always visit the handloom emporiums and…