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By Madiha

My little sister was getting married in a few months’ time and she was busy trying to finalise her traditional Indian bridal lehenga choli, I had other things on my mind. Raksha Bandhan was fast approaching and this would perhaps be the last time, she would be around to actually tie the sacred thread around my wrist. She was going away to Australia after her marriage, and the chances of her being physically here on this special day, year after year, were minimal.

Dazzling Silk Pink & Yellow Embroidered Lehenga Choli

So, I knew that I needed to make this Raksha Bandhan extra special and make sure that my little sister, remembered this for a lifetime. For days, I was on the lookout for a gift that was not only unique, but would also make my sister happy. I wanted something that she would be able to use on a regular basis, but also something that would be extraordinary. My mother suggested that I get her a custom made bridal lehenga, but I had a feeling that this was something that my sister wanted to pick out on her own.

Vivacious Flaired Magenta & Pink Lehenga Choli

That is when I found out about artificial jewellery and immediately I knew that it was a great idea, because it would be something that my newlywed sister would need and would enjoy using. Since she was travelling to a new country, it was best that she not carry a lot of original jewellery, but this was the kind of thing that she could actually use. And when I looked at the latest artificial jewellery, I was not only amazed, but also extremely happy. I knew that I had found the perfect Raksha Bandhan gift for my sister.

 

Browsing through the collections, I realised that I could actually pick out sets – there were necklaces with matching bangles, earrings and some even had matching anklets with them. What was truly fascinating was that all these latest artificial jewellery came in so many designs and colours and even colour combinations that I was fast getting confused. I decided that I would pick out four of them, one in each of the basic colours and then my sister would be able to match them with most of her trousseau.

Classy Design White Stone Golden Finish Necklace Set

Fortunately for me, the order arrived about two days before Raksha Bandhan, which meant that I had plenty of time to gift wrap them and have them ready for that special day. The joy on my sister’s face, when she unwrapped her gifts was all I needed!

By Madiha

Like a lot of other girls, from the time I was little, I loved to dress up in my mother’s clothes, especially her saree. As I grew up, I started falling in love with her special occasion sarees, especially her traditional silk ones. But it was her wedding saree that I was most in love with and my mother promised me, that I could have it. After all, I was her only child – who else would she give it to! And when my wedding got fixed, I knew it was time to ask my mother to keep her promise. The only problem was that I wanted a Banarasi silk bridal lehenga and my mother had a wedding saree.

 

Sensible Orange & Blue Embroidered Lehenga Choli

 

For most people, this would be a situation of worry – I know of girls, who wanted to wear a lehenga for their wedding, but wanted to use their mother’s saree too, because they were so in love with it. Obviously, in such a situation, they would feel confused, not knowing what to do. I however, had no such problems, because my mother had given me full rights to do whatever I wanted to do with her wedding saree and I knew that I was going to transform it into my stunning Banarasi silk bridal lehenga.

 

Even though I knew that I wanted to use my mother’s wedding saree for my lehenga, I knew that I had my work cut out for me. I knew that I had a lot of work to do, because I needed to get that stunning saree transformed into the gorgeous lehenga that I had envisioned in my mind and for this I knew that I needed professional help. Thankfully, I had a designer friend, who was all set for the challenge that I was about to throw at her. She not only helped me pick out fabrics that would help me create the Banarasi silk bridal lehenga that I wanted to wear for my wedding, she also gave me great ideas on how to jazz up the saree that once my mother adorned at her wedding.

 

Sizzling Pure Silk & Jacquard Purple and Peach Lehenga Choli

 

Since the banrasi silk saree was in a deep maroon, we decided that beige would go really well with it. my designer friend suggested that I go with an anarkali style top for the lehenga, and she not only sourced the exact shade of beige silk for the top, but also the same coloured net for the length of the top. The saree was more than enough to create a wonderful lehenga and when I walked out in my Banarasi silk bridal lehenga, I knew that my mother was the happiest!

By Madiha

An art is the “expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. It is not just products to be sold; it’s the life of an artist. Artist gives his everything to create a beautiful product. It’s a means of expression for them, they tell stories of their life, their history, country or traditions by their products. It’s a story of traditional art that is passed on from one generation to other & it goes on like this only.

 

India is a country rich in heritage & crafts; one of those beautiful crafts is Bandhani or Bandhej!!

 

Traditional Saree

 

Bandhani – “Bandhani word is derived from Sanskrit word Bandh – which means to tie.”

 

Bandhani as the term specifies is an art of Tie & Dye. It is one of the oldest art of creating patterns on cloth which began around 5000 years ago. Bandhani work in India was started by Khatri community of Kutch. The tradition has passed from one generation to the other.

 

Bandhani making centers are mainly situated in Gujarat, Rajasthan. Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kutch & Jamnagar are the main Bandhani centers producing beautiful dupattas/odhnis, sarees & turbans.

 

Since we absolutely love Bandhani work fabrics, we must know how this beautiful art takes shape.

 

sizzling-red-rani-pink-georgette-saree-lace-work

 

How Bandhani sarees or odhnis are made? –

 

Bandhani making is a very highly skilled process.

The fabric to be designed as per Bandhani style is first washed & bleached in order to be ready for dyeing. Once done with wash & bleach, the cloth is then sent for tying. The craftsman or craftswoman lift the small portion of cloth marked as points & tightly tie a thread around it.

 

The tightly tied thread does not let that part of cloth get colored. The tied cloth is dipped in color, if several colors are required then the areas to be retained in the first dye are tied for resist& cloth is dipped in dye.

 

Delightful Orange Red Lace Work Saree

 

Styles & Patterns of Bandhani –

 

Bandhani comes in various styles, patterns & colors. Each color pattern has their own significance or usage.

 

Colors mainly used in Bandhani are Yellow, Red, Pink, Blue & Black. Different colors signify different things like –

Red is for bride or newly married girl
Yellow for a lady who became mother recently
Black shows Mourning.

With Bandhani work, various motifs are made. It includes flowers, bells, jals, etc.

 

The outfits with Bandhani work have various patterns like Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali & Shikari depending on the manner in which cloth has been tied.

 

The most common designs of Bandhani work are –

Ekdali – one Dot
Trikunti— three Dots
Chaubandi – four dots
Dungar shahi – mountain like pattern
Boond— a small dot with a dark center
Kodi— tear drop shaped
Laddu Jalebi— the swirling inspired by Indian Sweets

 

The outfits comprise Khombi, Patori, Gharchola and Chandrokhani. It can be easily seen on sarees, dupattas, chaniya cholis, & leheriya can be seen on Turbans in Rajasthan.

 

As Bandhani work relates to our traditions, has significance in our rituals in a similar fashion India Emporium relates to our Indian traditions completely. India Emporium draws its inspiration from the traditional motifs & prints of India which can be seen in the all the collections of India emporium. One can visit the site @ www.indiaemporium.com to get more clarity regarding the collection.

By Madiha

Your best friend is getting married and you know that being single, you will be the cynosure of several eyes. You also know that throughout the four days of ceremonies, you will need to look your best, because your best friend will want you in all the photographs and you need to look good in all of them. While the bridal saree is something that your best friend needs to be worried about, you have your own attires to plan.

 

Bridal Sarees

 

You know that there is a mehndi, a sangeet, a cocktail party and of course the actual wedding and you know that you need a different outfit for each of them. Because the mehndi is being planned as a simple and intimate affair, you choose to go with embroidered printed sarees, which will not only look simple, but also elegant. Given that the event is during the day time, you go for a pastel blue shade, because it will keep you cool during the hot summer day.

 

Then comes the sangeet, where you will be performing a dance and you know that you need to keep comfort at a higher rank than looks, which is why you choose a long anarkali that you can wear with ease and twirl in too. A floor length anarkali in red and black, with embroidery around the neck ensures that you are the centre of attention, even when you step off the dance floor!

 

The cocktail is one event where you know that you need to shine, which is why you choose to go with exclusive lehenga style sarees, because while they look like traditional sarees, they offer a greater level of comfort and you know that you would be able to move around a lot more easily in them. You choose an ensemble in silk, with silver stone work on the borders.

 

Lehenga Style Saree

 

And then finally comes the wedding day and you choose to pick out zardozi work sarees online because you want something extremely traditional for this special day. You choose a deep shade of maroon with gold work all over and you choose to accessories it with simple gold jewellery.

 

Zardosi Work Saree

 

When picking out outfits for a wedding, you need to make sure that you keep a few things in mind – for starters, consider the weather and where the wedding will be held. If the wedding is in the winters or indoors in an air-conditioned area, you can play around with fabrics; however, for summer weddings, you need to choose lightweight fabrics to stay comfortable.

By Madiha

Mahashivratri 2017

Indian mythology has place for millions of gods, but there are a few who stand heads and shoulders above the rest and above all of them are the holy trinity of Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. While Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the provider, while Mahesh or Lord Shiva has the power to destroy anything and everything. However, Lord Shiva is also associated with concepts such as immortality and a strong sense of inner peace.

 

 

Whenever you think of Lord Shiva, one of the first things that you will recollect are the multiple long strings of rudraksh. For centuries, people who are looking for inner peace and calm have worn rudraksh and chances are that you might have seen someone aged in your own family having a string of rudraksh. However, in the past few years, getting your hands on genuine rudraksh has become a little tough, because people have realised that genuine rudraksh is actually quite powerful.

There are actually several benefits to wearing rudraksh, but understanding the benefits beforehand is important and even more crucial is getting original and genuine rudraksh. At India Emporium, we offer you genuine rudraksh, which will not only rejuvenate your mind, but also strengthen your body. Wearing our rudraksh mala will ensure that you have your personal cocoon of energy, which will keep you protected against all the negative energies of the world.

 

It is also important to know which rudraksh is ideal for your usage, because there are several types, and we offer you the panchmukhi or five faced rudraksh, which is considered safe for all ages, including children. This rudraksh can be worn by men as well as women, which is why it is extremely popular and one of our top sellers. When you start wearing our panchmukhi rudraksh mala, you will notice an overall sense of wellbeing in your life; from calming your senses to bringing down high blood pressure, from increasing your alertness to attracting the right kind of attention, there is so much that our string of panchmukhi rudraksh can do for you.

 

Apart from rudrakshas, we also offer you astrological consultation, which will allow you to steer your life in a better direction. Whether you are looking to find a better job or are waiting to get married, whether you want to build your own house or start your own business, there is so much that astrology can help you with and our services will ensure that you have all the answers that you need. In addition to astrology, we will also provide you with information and advice on gemstones – while you might like the colour of a certain gemstone, it is not necessary that it suits you, which is why you need to be extremely careful while wearing one.

 

Another spiritualistic device associated with Lord Shiva is the yantra, which is normally a geometrical design, which is meant to represent a range of things. Whether it is the good life that you are looking for or want to find peace of mind, our range of rudrakshas, yantras and gemstones are sure to bring you, love, luck and good fortune. So this Mahashivratri, make sure that you shop at India Emporium and invite all of these into your home and life!

 

By Madiha

 

The journey of the sherwani goes back several centuries – as a matter of fact, the first versions of this now popular outfit goes back to the late Mughal and early British periods. It is considered that the first sherwani was based on the British frock coat, but it was made more appropriate for the Indian subcontinent, in the sense that it would be worn over a kurta and a pajama.

In the years since, the outfit has seen several changes and what we see today is the vision of several talented designers and the insistence of several fashion forward men.

 

Indian Royal Traditional Sherwani

 

 

In the past few years, the manner in which the traditional Indian sherwanis are being designed and worn has changed dramatically.

There was once a time when the sherwani was worn mainly with the pajama, but these days, they are being teamed with dhotis, Patiala salwars, churidar and even regular formal trousers. Today, the sherwani is the preferred choice for most grooms to be and even their best friends and close family members. Not only does the attire proffer a sense of royalty, it is also quite comfortable, especially when it has to be worn for long hours, at a stretch.

 

 

If you are looking to pick up a sherwani for a special occasion, such as your own wedding or the wedding of a close family, keep a few things in mind. Start with assessing your own body type, because your body structure will help you pick out the best design.

If you are on the taller side, you will be able to carry off most styles of sherwanis and you will be able to combine them with any kind of lowers. However, if you are on the shorter side, then you might not be able to carry of the sherwani with a dhoti, because it might make you look shorter.

 

indo western sherwani collection

 

While a lot of brides and grooms like to colour coordinate on their special days, you might want to go for a colour that is contrasting, yet complimentary. For instance, if your bride is wearing maroon, you could go for a cream or beige, which will look nice alongside the maroon.

 

Royal India Mens Sherwani Collection

 

What material you choose will be highly dependent on what weather you are getting married in and where you are getting married. Velvet, silk and cotton are the most preferred materials, but if you are looking for extensive embroidery then cotton would be the best bet.

 

When you are picking out a wedding day outfit, ensure that you pick out something that is royal yet modern, because that is what will make you stand out.

By Madiha

 

Punjab: Where Cultures Culminate With Clothing

Whenever I think of Punjab, there are some images that come running my mind – I think of fields full of yellow mustard lowers, I think of the holy sanctity of the Golden Temple, I think of glasses full of lassi and plates full of delicious food.

And then comes running to my mind, the image of the stunning women of Punjab dressed in their traditional attires. Whether it is the kurtas or the salwars, the ghaghras or the shararas, the Patiala suits or the phulkari, there is something truly unique about the way women dress in Punjab.

 

Patiala Suits Collection

 

I had been to Punjab a few months back and while I was walking around the markets of Patiala and Amritsar, the one thing that I realised was that in the past few years, fashion had changed incredibly in this state. No longer were the women and girls of Punjab looking for what was completely traditional.

Today, they want something that will keep them rooted in their tradition, but still allow them to look stunning and in keeping with the times. So, even if they are looking for the traditional Punjabi suits, they want something modern about it; either in terms of the fabric, or the embroidery or at least the silhouette.

 

Punjabi Salwar kameez Suits

 

Because I had been instructed by a few friends to pick out some interesting Punjabi outfits, apart from the obvious Patiala suits, I knew that I had to spend some time shopping for the latest trends.

A long sleeved jacket style kurta with a slit in the middle, teamed with a Patiala salwar was my first pick. The outfit I picked out next was a simple looking kurta and Patiala salwar, but what made it special was the phulkari embroidered jacket. However, the outfit that I liked the most was a Patiala salwar with a shorter version of an anarkali!

By Madiha

 

India has always been the land of culture and traditions and the clothes and fabrics that have emerged from this country have been prized all over the world. In the past few years, there has been a boom in the number of people moving out of India and settling down in other parts of the country. When Indians move to other countries, they also take their customs, traditions and their sense of fashion with them. So, when an Indian chooses to wear a made to order lehenga that she got made back home in India, she is sure that she will be the centre of all attention, at the party or special event.

The more people see such stunning clothes, the more they too want to know about it, which is probably why there is such a rise in Indian fashion trends, globally. In the past few years, Indian designers have also attained international attention, because they are now showcasing their work and unique designs at international fashion events. This too has led to the rise of Indian trends in western countries like UK, USA and Canada and a growing number of people are choosing to wear Indian clothes or Indian designers for special events.

 

In the past few years, we have seen several Hollywood celebrities wear Indian clothes, especially the saree. From Ashley Judd to Madonna, from Paris Hilton to Oprah Winfrey, there are innumerable ladies in the far west who have chosen to drape the saree and most of them have been able to pull it off too. It is interesting to note that several Hollywood movies these days, too have an Indian influence, which brings in the Indian fashion into perspective yet again. Movies like Rachel Gets Married, 27 Dresses and The Accidental Husband, all had the lead ladies draping themselves in Indian attires and this too helped the Indian trends reach out to a larger audience.

 

It comes as no surprise that these days, there are a large number of boutiques in countries like USA, UK and Canada, where you can get your very own made to order lehenga or a range of other Indian outfits such as anarkalis and churidar suits. Most westerners are enthralled by the use of gorgeous fabrics such as silk, crepe, chiffon, georgette and even cotton. When these fabrics are made even better with handcrafted embroidery, embellishments and work that is unheard of in the West, the final piece not only becomes couture, but also truly unique!

By Madiha

Offer India EMporium Navratri Collection Online

 

Navaratri is just around the corner and along with it, sets off a chain of festivals, all over the country. While Guajaratis kick it off with garba and dandiya, the Bengalis follow it up with Durga Puja and then comes the festival of lights, Diwali. For any woman, this is the one time of the year, when they really want to deck up and dress to the nines!

 

This is the time of the year, when they are trying to decide whether they should wear a really flared and layered anarkali suits for the dandiya night, as opposed to the traditional mirror work lehenga choli. They are wondering whether they should make an entrance at the Durga Puja pandal dressed in the traditional white and red saree or make a statement with a cotton saree in a bright yellow with a red border.

 

However, when it comes to the traditional pujas, almost all women would want the traditional sarees in silk or cotton. This year, perhaps, might be the one where women will want something a little different here too. A traditional Kerala kasavu saree with elaborate embroidery would work really well for a puja, as well as for Durga Puja festivities. In case you have been invited to a bommakollu puja, why not jazz up the typical lehenga choli, by teaming the lehenga with a half saree style blouse and dupatta?

 

The festival season is the time to show off your creative fashion and if you are still a little bitconfused, how about giving India Emporium a visit, where you can find all the latest trends, as well as the most exquisite couture fashion!

By Madiha

Bring Home Fashion, Along with Ganapati Bappa!

Whenever any festival is around the corner, there are several preparations that need to be done. From getting the house cleaned up to preparing sweets for the guests who would arrive on your doorstep, there would be so much that you will have to take care of. However, one thing that often takes priority for most people during festival times is shopping for new clothes. After all, which lady would not want to wear the latest anarkali or designer saree and these days, even men like to get dressed up in designer sherwanis for such special occasions!


Ganesh-Chaturthi-Banner

 

Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and it comes as no surprise that people are getting ready to do their shopping, to ensure that they look their best on the festival days. While there are several people who are rushing to the stores to pick out the latest lehenga choli, those in the know will be aware that the best to shop these days in online. Not only do you get to enjoy a hassle free shopping experience, but also some of the most exclusive designs.
 

When you choose to shop from a website such as India Emporium, you know that you will receive a dress that will make you feel super special. The team of designers work overtime before the festival season arrives, to ensure that the sherwani you pick up is one of a kind and that no one else will have the same thing. Even if you are planning to get married during this time period, you can consider getting your unique bridal lehenga choli from here, because you can be sure that it will be totally customised to your requirements.
 

In case, you are looking for something that will be the cynosure of all attention at the Ganapati pooja, then you can look at some of the stunning salwar kameez sets, anarkalis or even sarees that have been designed keeping traditional motifs in mind. Even men will have plenty to choose from designer kurtas to stunning sherwanis and in a colour palette that will leave even the best, confused! You could also jazz up your outfit with turbans that have been created especially for this occasion.
 

However, when you choose to shop online, do make sure that you do the same from a reputed website such as India Emporium, where you will not only get to enjoy a wide range, but also receive true value for your money.