Beautiful red vintage silk cover-up with hand stitching detail - ethically made for us by a social enterprise in India - perfect for the Christmas season... we have a couple of these beauties left - order online https://www.poppysilk.co.uk for UK Christmas delivery up until 21 December 🎄🎅☃️ #silk#ethical # ethical fashion #red#vintage#unique#silksari#handmade
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I wore my mehndi green silk benarasi, 2 decades old ,bought from the erstwhile Orissa Weavers Society in South Extension. It has motifs woven using another shade of green & golden yellow thread,diamond shaped on the body and floral motifs on the gorgeous border and pallu.To me it looks like a Meenakari Benarasi but I am not surei.The pallu has a stunning jaal.
I paired it with its own blouse.
The bindi is inspired by the tiny woven paisleys on the borders and handcrafted using green water colour.Paisleys are my favourite as far as handcrafted bindis go. I have a knack of hunting out paisleys on my outfits so I can handcraft the same bindi.
The necklace is a choker made of artificial white pearls with peridot green coloured crystal beads & tiny rings made of ultra tiny golden beads and has matching tops.The mehndi green bangles are metallic ones.
I picked up this set from my friend Saveena’s late mom Mrs.Pushpa Gulati.She retired as the principal of a school after having put in many decades of service.Naturally getting used to doing nothing is very tough. She had an interest in jewellery & decided to do that.Saveena informed her friends and I think I was probably one of the most regular customers.I would go straight from work at 1 P.M.She was very affectionate and would insist that I have lunch with her.Sometimes I would.We would sit and discuss the designs and she would get them made.That is how I built my collection of semi precious jewellery.I think a lot about her and miss her.May her soul RIP.
My quilted mehndi green potli is from Cottage Emporium.It has hand embroidery,Kutch style using orange threads with tiny mirrors. The drawstrings are of the same fabric ending in orange silk thread tassels.
The beautiful Pashmina shawl is from Kashmir and has hand embroidery on it.
I wore a cream coloured Assam Silk with motifs woven using golden yellow and purple thread.On the body of the sari the motifs in the 2 colours alternate with each other. These become more tightly packed as they approach the pallu. The pallu is gorgeous with very closely woven golden yellow motifs with pops of tiny purple motifs.It is a very royal looking saree.This too i bought from my erstwhile senior colleague at Diwan Chand Aggarwal Imaging centre, who was also my anatomy teacher in 1977-78.Her daughter used to live in Tinsukia, in the tea gardens of Assam. Madam would visit her daughter annually and get saris from there which my colleagues and I would buy from her.
It came with a blouse which is in the base colour with the borders on the sleeves a replica of that on the sari. However,I wore a purple tussar silk blouse belonging to a sari from Odisha.It has tiny woven motifs on the border of the sleeves in fuschia.
I wore my gold with amethyst jewellery set with it.
My bindi was inspired by the motifs on the sari,using purple poster colour.
My potli is a an artificial brocade one from NalliSilkSarees in purple colour with golden zari polka dots, with a purple drawstring ending in large fabric beads with a tiny copperish gold bead. This combo of large and small bead is seen hanging from the middle of the base of the potli.
Christmas and the holiday season is my favorite time of the year - arguably the most wonderful time of the year! Watching people get in the mood of festivity with their creative outdoor Christmas decorations and beautifully decorated trees is a treat. I also love California sunny Christmases, growing up in New Jersey, seeing the sunshine even in the winter makes me so happy! In the spirit of celebration, here is my entry for @sareesaatsamundarpaar's #xmaskerang . It is a South Indian cotton silk but I'm not quite sure where it is from or what it is actually called. Any ideas? 🎄⛄✨
Always had a thing for silk saris and when I saw this at @nallisilksarees in Chennai it was love at first sight!
Wearing it for my best friend, @abnavevaishnavi 's engagement ceremony and keeping it simple with a kundan necklace and studs.
P.C. My one and only, @komal_bhawna