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En’wrap’tured by scarves

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors, fabrics and styles. Historically, it is said that scarves were invented as early as 230 BC. Chinese warriors wore cloth scarves to mark their military rank. Romans in 10AD were also known to wear a linen kerchief or ‘sudarium’ knotted around their waist or neck. Croatian soldiers also wore scarves in the 17th century.

Practically speaking, scarves were worn for a variety of reasons. They can be worn to cover the head or neck, as part of a military uniform, for religious reasons or to support a sports team.

During the early 19th century the scarf became a real fashion accessory for both men and women. American politician Helen Gahgar popularized the look in the 1920’s. This versatile piece of cloth became iconic with brands such as Hermes, Pucci and Etro. Turban style scarves were also popular as a chic way to cover up a bad hair day. Scarves have also played an iconic role in many Hollywood movies such as Bridget Jones Diary, Funny Face and Confessions or a Shopaholic.

Scarves are made in a wide range of fabric, silk chiffon, organza, voile, cambric, linen and lace to name a few. Synthetic scarves are also popular as they are easier to maintain and don’t crumple. They can be worn in plain printed or embroidered styles, as a matching color or contrast to your look.

In 2016 if there was one accessory trend that was seen during New York fashion week over and over again, it was that of the skinny scarf. On the runway and around the necks of street style fashionistas, these 70’s inspired trend put a fresh spin on any and every outfit. These artful, long and one-sided drapes were spotted at Rodarte amongst other collections. Lanvin and Pucci were other designers who also showcased scarves in their collections. At Giambattisa Valli , models were spotted wearing plain white scarves around their necks held in place by large metallic brooches.

In India, dupattas and shawls have long been used as wraps with traditional outfits. Bandhini or Bandhej style woolen scarves are also popular in the Kutch district of Gujrat. Tribal women are often depicted with colorful scarves trimmed with coins wrapped around their heads. In modern times, women wearing Indian outfits have also started using skinny scarves and stoles instead of dupattas for a more convenient and fuss free look.

At Pookaari, we have a special section of handpicked and curated scarves to update you look and add to your wardrobe this summer. Masaya offers a range of reasonably priced cotton scarves in attractive digital prints, while Boho Rhapsody provides silk scarves in color-graded stripes. For a more fun and trendy look, shop white linen scarves by Bon Vivant embellished with fun multi- colored tassels.  Wrap one of these trendy scarves around your neck to update your outfit and add an extra pizzazz to your ensemble and stand out this Spring!

A reinvention of the humble bracelet, wrist cuffs are a fashionable and exciting way to jazz up any outfit. A Cuff style is typically characterized as a rigid and open bracelet that slips over the wrist or arm and is usually of a significant width. These pieces are can be worn in a large number of very different ways and with any array of outfits. They can be sported on one or both wrists or upper arms, layered with other jewelry pieces or just as a single point of focus.

Historically, It is no accident that cuff bracelets have adorned the wrists of some of the most compelling and beautiful women . They can be traced back thousands of years, making appearances in ancient cultures worldwide from Asia, Africa, and Europe to America. The Egyptians fancied the cuff, adorning it with stones and Hieroglyphs. Queens Nefretiti and Cleopatra were often depicted wearing cuff bracelets. Greek goddesses such as Athena also adorned themselves with cuffs on both the lower and upper arms. Ancient Roman and Mayan royalty wore decorative cuffs, while soldiers wore leather cuffs for protective purposes.

Fictional characters such as Wonder Women and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones are both known to wear cuffs that symbolize their strength, power and position.

The good news is that you don’t have to be royalty these days to be wearing this trend. Various different versions of the cuff are available with designers both internationally as we as in India. Materials such as gold, silver, metal, stones, plastic, crystals, leather and beads are all combined together in numerous interesting and innovative ways to creates looks that are stylish, glamorous and fashion forward.

For spring summer 2016, more delicate and intricately woven filigreed pieces have been making an appearance.  These are layered or worn by themselves on the wrists or upper arms to bring a fresh new edge to any outfit. International designers such as Giambattista Valli, Ellie Saab and Emporio Armani have all showcased collections where models sashayed down the runways sporting intricate and embellished cuffs in various shapes, colors and textures.

A cuff bracelet can also be worn to add a trendy and modern edge to a traditional Indian outfit. Gold metal cuffs worn instead of bangles are a stunning way to update a chiffon sari. On the flipside, these same pieces can be worn with casual outfits and western dresses to add an instant glamour to your look.

At Pookaari, designers Divya Chugh, Valliyan , Malleka and Golden Window provide a fabulous and varied collection of designer cuffs, all of which are a must have for any fashionista. Shop our specially curated collection of cuff jewelry to  reinvent your look as a modern day goddess and make heads turn this Spring Summer 2016.

Ringing in a new trend: Statement Rings

When it comes to any kind of jewelry in 2016, bigger is definitely considered better. This holds true especially in the case of statement rings. Gone are the days of small delicate looking barely noticeable bands around your fingers. These days, the fashion forward brigade can be seen sporting huge finger adornments in various shapes, sizes and designs. These attention-grabbing styles attract attention and compliments, adding flair to your traditional Indian outfit. They also draw attention to your perfect manicure and slender digits. Statement jewelry can be tough to pull off, especially when it comes to making it vibe with your other accessories. However, rings can be easy to wear and usually go well with almost any of your other jewelry pieces without creating a look that is over the top.

Internationally, designers Roberto Cavalli and Elie Saab showcased single statement rings in their fall winter 2016 collections, using them as a focal point of interest. Gucci designers had their models sporting multiple art deco inspired pieces together for a richer and more opulent look.

Historically these rings were called cocktail rings and were worn during the prohibition period of the 1920’s in America, which was a time of breaking barriers and setting new trends and society. In traditional Indian jewelry, Mughal kings and queens were both known to wear large rings adorning one or many of their fingers. Tribal Indian jewelry also has many examples of large statement rings, some of which have a mirror embedded in the center.

These days the styles and designs of statement rings are extremely varied. Some are traditional Indian pieces embedded with stones, pearls and other ornaments.

Traditional gold pieces are also popular, and many have ghungroos or tassels hanging from them. On the more modern side there are many styles with eighties influences, animal faces , flowers and large ornate stones. Knuckle-dusters, originally a part of punk and Goth jewelry, have also gained popularity. Many rings cover the entire length of a finger, and some are even spread over the entire width of your hand or more then one of your fingers. The versatility of statement rings makes them easy to reuse. You can wear the same piece casually to work or lunch, in the evening for dinner, to a party and even to a wedding. This makes it a good investment and value for money.

At Pookaari we have beautiful Kundaan statement rings, pearl adornments and larger then life funky wheel designed pieces by designer Preeti Mohan, Ragini Mittal and Sneha Rateria. Each of these pieces has received a great response and would make a fabulous addition to your jewelry box.  So go ahead and buy yourself a few statement rings, and revel in the stylish and fashion forward look they add to your outfit.

Potli Bags: little bundles of embellishment.

From the viewpoint of convenience, every Indian outfit should be complimented with a small bag in which to carry your necessities such as your money, lipstick,mobile phone etc. From the bride herself to others, one such bag which is used very frequently is the much talked about Potli bag.  Usually small in size, these little pouches can be made to match a particular outfit and have the same colors and embroidery or contrasting pieces can be matched and teamed up with your Indian wear for a more varied effect. Rather then carrying a standard designer bag, such pieces also express a certain amount of individuality and sophistication in fashion sensibility. They speak of a woman who has moved beyond labels and is able to marry tradition with style.

Historically, Potli bags have been around in India since the Vedic civilization.  Mentions of these bags have been found in ancient literature and references are to be found in many paintings and artworks as well. Such bags were also used in the Ramayana and Mahabharata period. When Lord Rama went in forest on his exile for fourteen years, his brother Lakshman accompanied him along with a potli bag containing clothes, medicinal leaves, fruits, water and mud of Ayodhya.

In the Mahabharat, Arjuna used a potli bag to hide his weapons in a tree, and the Pandavas carried their personal weapons in such bags during their exile. Sudama was also known to carry a Potli of rice when he went to meet lord Krishna. Massages given with Potlis filled with herbs were famous during the Vedic period, a tradition that continues to be popular even today.

For the modern Indian women, these bags have increased their span of use from merely being a utility to a stylish fashion accessory. Many designer bags can be found made of various materials such as silk, brocade linen, velvet etc. 

The embellishments can range from Gujarat embroideries from Kutch, sequins, Zari, mirror work, beadwork, stonework, Chickankari and Phulkari to and endless list of traditional and modern embroideries. Adornment to the strings in the form of tassels, fringes, shells, pom poms and ghongroo bells further add a look of attention grabbing style to the Potlis. The closure for these bags is traditionally a drawstring, but for the sake of convenience in modern times zips and buttons are added to increase the utility .In Australia and New Zealand, large potli bags are being used as money swag bags.

These swag bags are also used by foot travelers or swagmen for carrying personal belongings especially bedroll.

In some countries, Santa Claus is also portrayed carrying a potli bag (instead of other type of bags) on his shoulder filled with toys and sweets to distribute on Christmas festival.

At Pookaari we have a special section of Potli style bags from various designers such as Aiyana, Karmic Kabira, Plumeria and Seetam. These bags are available in a varied variety of styles and colors to match your ethnic wedding outfits and can later be used with indo-western dresses or beach wear as well.

However you choose to use them, Potli bags are effective was to marry style and convenience in a stylish and memorable fashion.

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