Month: April 2015

India has a myriad of fabrics and weaves to offer from every nook and corner of the land. There is a mention of the art of weaving in the Rig Veda. The oldest Indian fabric can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilization. History shows us that Indian cotton and silk fabrics have been sought after by foreign countries for centuries. And there is a wealth fabric for us to choose from.

To deal with the heat and humidity of Indian summers what better than the cottons and linens of our nation? My favourite summer picks are the Ikats and Madras checks and as for the fabrics, the Chanderis and linen.

The Ikat is primarily from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The Sambalpuris from Orissa, the Pochampally from Andhra and the Patolas of Gujarat are the most popular Ikat varieties. From the runways of Missoni to Anita Dongre, the Ikat has been widely used across the world. A few high street brands like JCrew and Aldo also have collections inspired by the Ikat weave. Jonathan Adler designer crockery and Steven Elmer wallpapers also proudly bear the Ikat design.

The Madras Checks is a lightweight cotton fabric that has a woven plaid pattern. It comes in a variety of bright colours and is another trend that has taken the world by storm. Every summer the runways go berserk with Madras Checks and its no different this time. Be seen in a bold Madras Check saree to stay fashionable during this season! Paul Smith and Gant, popular men’s clothing brands have also incorporated the Madras Checks in their summer collections. So now even the men have reason to stay trendy.

Chanderi is a village in Madhya Pradesh, well known for its lightweight cotton and silk fabrics. The Chanderi dates back to the Vedic period. It is born out of a special art of weaving with fine textured cotton and silk yarn and embellished with zari borders. It has always been patronised by royalty. The Chanderis hold a special place in my heart for their sheer texture. It is by far the most comfortable fabric to wear for our summer season. The luxury of the transparent Chanderi is like no other.

It has come a long way from its traditional floral and peacock motifs. The more modern versions feature tie and dye, geometrical patterns and moustache prints. My favourite Chanderis are from Vishal Kapur.

Linens are always associated with crisp shirts and leave you with a sense of austerity. Handwoven linen sarees are soft and feel wonderful to wear during summer.

Anavila makes the most luxurious linen sarees in a range colors. You’ll find pastels, all shades of beige, charcoal and black too. She has indeed given the otherwise plain linen saree a contemporary edge and made it fashionable to be seen in.

So promise yourself to experiment this summer and stay trendy with the traditional fabrics of India. Let us be proud Indians.

– Shrivyshnavi Annush for the Hindu Metroplus, 25th April, 2015
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/ikat-and-chanderi-cool/article7139066.ece

Indian cotton and silk fabrics

India has a myriad of fabrics and weaves to offer from every nook and corner of the land. There is a mention of the art of weaving in the Rig Veda. The oldest Indian fabric can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilization. History shows us that Indian cotton and silk fabrics have been sought after by foreign countries for centuries. And there is a wealth fabric for us to choose from.

To deal with the heat and humidity of Indian summers what better than the cottons and linens of our nation? My favourite summer picks are the Ikats and Madras checks and as for the fabrics, the Chanderis and linen.

The Ikat is primarily from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The Sambalpuris from Orissa, the Pochampally from Andhra and the Patolas of Gujarat are the most popular Ikat varieties. From the runways of Missoni to Anita Dongre, the Ikat has been widely used across the world. A few high street brands like JCrew and Aldo also have collections inspired by the Ikat weave. Jonathan Adler designer crockery and Steven Elmer wallpapers also proudly bear the Ikat design.

The Madras Checks is a lightweight cotton fabric that has a woven plaid pattern. It comes in a variety of bright colours and is another trend that has taken the world by storm. Every summer the runways go berserk with Madras Checks and its no different this time. Be seen in a bold Madras Check saree to stay fashionable during this season! Paul Smith and Gant, popular men’s clothing brands have also incorporated the Madras Checks in their summer collections. So now even the men have reason to stay trendy.

Chanderi is a village in Madhya Pradesh, well known for its lightweight cotton and silk fabrics. The Chanderi dates back to the Vedic period. It is born out of a special art of weaving with fine textured cotton and silk yarn and embellished with zari borders. It has always been patronised by royalty. The Chanderis hold a special place in my heart for their sheer texture. It is by far the most comfortable fabric to wear for our summer season. The luxury of the transparent Chanderi is like no other.

It has come a long way from its traditional floral and peacock motifs. The more modern versions feature tie and dye, geometrical patterns and moustache prints. My favourite Chanderis are from Vishal Kapur.

Linens are always associated with crisp shirts and leave you with a sense of austerity. Handwoven linen sarees are soft and feel wonderful to wear during summer.

Anavila makes the most luxurious linen sarees in a range colors. You’ll find pastels, all shades of beige, charcoal and black too. She has indeed given the otherwise plain linen saree a contemporary edge and made it fashionable to be seen in.

So promise yourself to experiment this summer and stay trendy with the traditional fabrics of India. Let us be proud Indians.

– Shrivyshnavi Annush for the Hindu Metroplus, 25th April, 2015
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/ikat-and-chanderi-cool/article7139066.ece

She sells sea shells on the sea shore!

Going on a beach vacay or to a pool party? Wear a statement necklace with shorts and a crop top and you’re all set. Don’t forget the sunscreen, funky flip flops, funky shades and a hat! Of course bring your inner mermaid along! We at Pookaari believe that if you accessorize right you’ll be an instant fashion diva. You can also wear a statement necklace with a printed maxi dress or a plain white or ivory tired linen knee length day dress. The shades that are trending at Pookaari this summer are the round ones with our without a shell frame.

She sells sea shells on the sea shore!

Going on a beach vacay or to a pool party? Wear a statement necklace with shorts and a crop top and you’re all set. Don’t forget the sunscreen, funky flip flops, funky shades and a hat! Of course bring your inner mermaid along! We at Pookaari believe that if you accessorize right you’ll be an instant fashion diva. You can also wear a statement necklace with a printed maxi dress or a plain white or ivory tired linen knee length day dress. The shades that are trending at Pookaari this summer are the round ones with our without a shell frame.

Shoe love is true love!

Shoes! The very word gives me a feeling of unexplainable elation. I’m yet to meet a woman who has enough shoes in her closet. According to me, there are two types of women, one who openly admits and talks about her addiction to buying shoes and more shoes and also revels in this very fact. The other kind of woman is secretly obsessed with shoes but dare not admit it, lest people around her end up judging her as being frivolous. Nevetheless, every woman loves buying and owning shoes. Every single time I walk into a shoe store my heart beats a wee bit faster. The aisles of wedges, sandals, ballet flats, stilettos, pumps, sling backs, loafers, boots, espadrilles and even sneakers transport me instantly to shoe heaven. My earliest memory of associating shoes with being a stylish and elegant accessory is from when I was 8 years old. It was at a Christmas party in the Coimbatore club that Mohini aunty, my mom’s friend was wearing a pair of beautiful glittering stilettos and I remember thinking that she looked so very pretty. Every little girl will secretly try out her mom’s pair of sandals and can’t wait to grow up in order to fit into them.  I was that girl too. I realize that its come full circle when I see both my daughters doing it now. A shoe is the perfect accessory to dress up an outfit. Its almost synonymous with the perfect partner in crime but in this case the crime is to be a diva. Some of the famous iconic shoe brands to own are Loboutins, Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos. They are the most coveted by women all around the world. While Loboutins are recognizable by their red soles, Manolos are known for their ever fashionable pumps, and Jimmy Choos make you think of shiny sandals that every woman dreams of owning. Start your day with a pair of comfortable pumps or a pair of nice looking flat strappy sandals. For an occasion you can always fall back on the ever faithful pair of stilettos that wont let you down. When you’re wearing a sari, pair it with a pair of gold wedges embellished with stone crytsals and hand embroidery to look grand. For this season, its important to own and flaunt a pair of boots. They look best worn with jeans and a shirt. If its going to be your first pair, then buy a black one so that  you can wear it through the day and also at night. Fashion is about being versatile and knowing what makes you look good. Its not only about following trends. Luckily with online shopping, we are spoilt for choice. For shoe shopping, check out www.myntra.com and www.jabong.com. They offer a range of styles to choose from  and their size charts are easy to follow. I’m sure that you will agree with me that whenever you wear heels you feel a little more confident. They make you feel like you can take on the whole world and make it work, don’t you?

– Shrivyshnavi Annush for the MetroPlus, November 2014

 

Shoe love is true love
Shoes! The very word gives me a feeling of unexplainable elation. I’m yet to meet a woman who has enough shoes in her closet. According to me, there are two types of women, one who openly admits and talks about her addiction to buying shoes and more shoes and also revels in this very fact. The other kind of woman is secretly obsessed with shoes but dare not admit it, lest people around her end up judging her as being frivolous. Nevetheless, every woman loves buying and owning shoes. Every single time I walk into a shoe store my heart beats a wee bit faster. The aisles of wedges, sandals, ballet flats, stilettos, pumps, sling backs, loafers, boots, espadrilles and even sneakers transport me instantly to shoe heaven. My earliest memory of associating shoes with being a stylish and elegant accessory is from when I was 8 years old. It was at a Christmas party in the Coimbatore club that Mohini aunty, my mom’s friend was wearing a pair of beautiful glittering stilettos and I remember thinking that she looked so very pretty. Every little girl will secretly try out her mom’s pair of sandals and can’t wait to grow up in order to fit into them.  I was that girl too. I realize that its come full circle when I see both my daughters doing it now. A shoe is the perfect accessory to dress up an outfit. Its almost synonymous with the perfect partner in crime but in this case the crime is to be a diva. Some of the famous iconic shoe brands to own are Loboutins, Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos. They are the most coveted by women all around the world. While Loboutins are recognizable by their red soles, Manolos are known for their ever fashionable pumps, and Jimmy Choos make you think of shiny sandals that every woman dreams of owning. Start your day with a pair of comfortable pumps or a pair of nice looking flat strappy sandals. For an occasion you can always fall back on the ever faithful pair of stilettos that wont let you down. When you’re wearing a sari, pair it with a pair of gold wedges embellished with stone crytsals and hand embroidery to look grand. For this season, its important to own and flaunt a pair of boots. They look best worn with jeans and a shirt. If its going to be your first pair, then buy a black one so that  you can wear it through the day and also at night. Fashion is about being versatile and knowing what makes you look good. Its not only about following trends. Luckily with online shopping, we are spoilt for choice. For shoe shopping, check out www.myntra.com and www.jabong.com. They offer a range of styles to choose from  and their size charts are easy to follow. I’m sure that you will agree with me that whenever you wear heels you feel a little more confident. They make you feel like you can take on the whole world and make it work, don’t you?

– Shrivyshnavi Annush for the MetroPlus, November 2014

Be a spring summer fairy with these looks! Think flowers, butterflies and all things summer. For the summer champagne brunch wear a simple A line linen dress in ivory and flaunt a statement necklace to go with it. All things statement are trending this summer! The looks that you see here are very mid summer night’s dream! Whimsical and quirky charms adorn this Quirk Box necklace designed especially for Pookaari.
If you want to keep it simple on a summer holiday wear a blue shift dress with a long necklace. Seen here is a House of Hula necklace curated by Pookaari. Blue is the hottest color trend for this season. It reminds you of blue skies and the sea! Pair quirky charmed accessories with simple dresses all through summer to stay on trend!

Be a spring summer fairy with these looks!

Be a spring summer fairy with these looks! Think flowers, butterflies and all things summer. For the summer champagne brunch wear a simple A line linen dress in ivory and flaunt a statement necklace to go with it. All things statement are trending this summer! The looks that you see here are very mid summer night’s dream! Whimsical and quirky charms adorn this Quirk Box necklace designed especially for Pookaari.
If you want to keep it simple on a summer holiday wear a blue shift dress with a long necklace. Seen here is a House of Hula necklace curated by Pookaari. Blue is the hottest color trend for this season. It reminds you of blue skies and the sea! Pair quirky charmed accessories with simple dresses all through summer to stay on trend!

Khadar  – Then & Now!
Khadi or Khadar is a hand spun and handwoven fabric primarily made out of cotton. Khadi can be traced back to the 6th century AD. The Romans were our main customers during those times. It is a versatile fabric that keeps the wearer cool in summers and warm in winters.
Khadi is a revolutionary fabric that we as Indians, will always associate with Gandhiji , Swaraj and the Swadeshi movement. The mere mention of Khadi conjures up an image of the Mahatma sitting at a charkha(the spinning wheel) and spinning Khadi. The truth is that, it is as relevant today as it was during the Independence movement, especially since the “Make in India” campaign is top most in all our minds. It is a fabric that will forever be intertwined with India’s past, present and future. Khaddar is no longer the redundant fabric that only our politicians wear. Once  thought of as a simple man’s garb, it has now been reinvented in so many different avatars. The credit goes to a handful of our fashion designers who have made Khadi trendy. Their creativity has given birth to more contemporary and stylish versions of the fabric, the we can relate to and wear proudly.
The trendsetting designers of the modern Khadi movement are Ritu Kumar and Rahul Mishra. While Ritu Kumar’s creations are more traditional, Rahul Mishra is a master couturier known for his minimalistic silhouettes. A handful of emerging designers who work with Khadi are Neeru Kumar and  Shashikant Naidu. Neeru Kumar’s “khadiwear” comes in both vibrant and sombre colors depending on the season. At Lakme Fashion week this year, Shashikant Naidu’s khadi creations were very elaborate and luxurious. A chat with him revealed that his pin tucked khadi tunics consumed 12 meters of khadi. They were the most sought after occasion wear. These designers have indeed played a key role in the West viewing Khadi as a fabric that lends itself to being young, modern and fashionable.
A starched khadi shirt slightly crushed at the elbows has more character than a shirt in any other modern fabric. On the other hand, soft khadi is luxurious and drapes like a dream. It is in a way a sublime fabric! Flaunt a Khadi sari or a khadi tunic with palazzos and you’re sure to stand out in a crowd.

-As written by ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu Metroplus, in October 2014

Khadar – Then & Now!

Khadi or Khadar is a hand spun and handwoven fabric primarily made out of cotton. Khadi can be traced back to the 6th century AD. The Romans were our main customers during those times. It is a versatile fabric that keeps the wearer cool in summers and warm in winters.
Khadi is a revolutionary fabric that we as Indians, will always associate with Gandhiji , Swaraj and the Swadeshi movement. The mere mention of Khadi conjures up an image of the Mahatma sitting at a charkha(the spinning wheel) and spinning Khadi. The truth is that, it is as relevant today as it was during the Independence movement, especially since the “Make in India” campaign is top most in all our minds. It is a fabric that will forever be intertwined with India’s past, present and future. Khaddar is no longer the redundant fabric that only our politicians wear. Once  thought of as a simple man’s garb, it has now been reinvented in so many different avatars. The credit goes to a handful of our fashion designers who have made Khadi trendy. Their creativity has given birth to more contemporary and stylish versions of the fabric, the we can relate to and wear proudly.
The trendsetting designers of the modern Khadi movement are Ritu Kumar and Rahul Mishra. While Ritu Kumar’s creations are more traditional, Rahul Mishra is a master couturier known for his minimalistic silhouettes. A handful of emerging designers who work with Khadi are Neeru Kumar and  Shashikant Naidu. Neeru Kumar’s “khadiwear” comes in both vibrant and sombre colors depending on the season. At Lakme Fashion week this year, Shashikant Naidu’s khadi creations were very elaborate and luxurious. A chat with him revealed that his pin tucked khadi tunics consumed 12 meters of khadi. They were the most sought after occasion wear. These designers have indeed played a key role in the West viewing Khadi as a fabric that lends itself to being young, modern and fashionable.
A starched khadi shirt slightly crushed at the elbows has more character than a shirt in any other modern fabric. On the other hand, soft khadi is luxurious and drapes like a dream. It is in a way a sublime fabric! Flaunt a Khadi sari or a khadi tunic with palazzos and you’re sure to stand out in a crowd.

-As written by ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu Metroplus, in October 2014