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By Ruchi Garg, 05/26/2016 - 12:45
Linen

Linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It is primarily produced in Western Europe and Kochi in India. 

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By Ruchi Garg, 05/24/2016 - 12:04
Chikankari

Chikankari

Chikan is an ancient form of delicate floral hand embroidery that has mesmerized men and women for centuries.  The technique of creating Chikan work is known as Chikankari and Lucknow is the heart of the Chikankari industry today.

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By Ruchi Garg, 12/28/2015 - 12:16
Baluchari

Baluchari

Baluchari Sarees originated in Bengal and are known for the depictions of mythological scenes on the pallu of the saree. Currently Bishnupur in West Bengal is the only place where authentic Baluchari sarees are produced.

Producing one saree takes approximately one week. The Baluchari Saree has been granted the status of Geographical indication in India, which is a kind of certificate that the product possesses certain qualities, is made using traditional methods and enjoys certain reputation due to its geographical origin.

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By Ruchi Garg, 12/24/2015 - 21:34

How to clean your closet

Does your closet look like the one above? Well, you aren’t alone. When faced with the tornado swept mess that I call my closet, I often ask myself where did I get all of this stuff from. Years of accumulation, a saree bought for this occasion, a new blouse for that week’s dinner party, can easily lead to a seemingly untamable mess as seen in the photo above. Last month I sat down and decided that I would do something about it – here’s what I came up with.

Finding your inner zen

By Ruchi Garg, 10/25/2015 - 16:05
Tips for buying sarees online

Let's face it everyone is buying stuff online these days for all the good reasons. The bargains are there, the selection is mind-boggling, the shopping is secure, you can order from the privacy of your home, no need to spend energy in going from one shop to another. Shopping has never been more convenient for the consumers.

By Ruchi Garg, 10/01/2015 - 09:42
Gota Patti: A Rajasthani delight

My love affair with gota patti began nearly ten years back, during my first ever visit to Jaipur. I happened to visit around the festival of Teej, and the streets of the capital of Rajasthan had come alive with a riot of colours. The shops were bursting at the seams with wares, and with shoppers. As I strolled down the famous Johari Bazar, I was enthralled by the display windows of saree shops, and the gota patti work became an instant favourite of mine.

By Ruchi Garg, 09/19/2015 - 11:01
Occasional Sarees, a terrible thing to waste

Occasional Sarees, a terrible thing to waste after a couple of wear

Occasional sarees are a priced possession of any Indian woman’s wardrobe. These sarees are embellished with expensive art work that can cost us a fortune depending on the fabric and the work and the designer.

By Ruchi Garg, 09/13/2015 - 09:52
Ikat vs. Patola

Ikat vs. Patola

Recently I was strolling through the Weaves of India Exhibition when I noticed a booth named Ikat Sarees. Since I have heard the word Ikat only recently, I was curious.

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By Ruchi Garg, 09/04/2015 - 09:09
Top 3 reasons to wear a saree

Top 3 reasons to wear sarees more often

Are you one of those gals, who is always in dilemma whether to wear a saree or a suit on a special occasion? Or perhaps, you are one of those gals who hasn’t tried this wrap around running into 6 yards!  If the answer to either of these questions is yes, here are some pointers which may help you overcome your dilemma:

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