Saturday, November 08, 2008
The Kashmir valley, a natural paradise full of flowers and maple trees, produces the best hand embroidery work in India. The artisans draw inspirations from the beautiful nature around. The 'boteh' (flower) or 'ambia' (mango) motifs are the most favored one of the Kashmir designers. The colors used are those of the flowers of the valley. An emphasis on pastel shades on a white background is always preferred.
Fine embroidery work is done in shades discreetly blending with the background shades. Looking beyond their own liking and preferences, the craftsmen very often use bright and dark shades both as a background and as embroidery colors. Very few stitches are used. Sometimes the entire scarf is embroidered in one single stitch. Very seldom one finds a combination of more than two embroidery styles on one object. The stitches are so typical of the region that they are frequently termed as the 'Kashmiri Stitch'. Kashmiri embroidery is therefore remarkable for the skilled execution of a single stitch rather than the elaborate quality of the stitch itself. Chain stitch, satin stitch, the slanted darn stitch, stem, herringbone or sometimes the 'doori' or knot stitches are used. The excellence of the needlework is most remarkable in the creation of a 'dorukha' or a double-sided scraf. In this scarf, there is no right and wrong side. The same design is produced in different colors on both sides.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Chikan Embroidery has patterns of different designs stitched using untwisted white cotton or silk (or rayon) threads on the surface of the fabric. In Chikan work, there is a fixed repertoire of stitches and it is usual for several types of stitches to appear on the same piece of embroidery. The different types of Chikan work done today are Taipchi, Bakhia, Phunda, Murri, Jaali, Hathkati, Pechni, Ghas Patti, Chaana Patti etc. Chikan embroidery is a very laborious and time consuming task.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Silver key chain that gives you security along with fashionable look. A very interesting collection of silver keychains for a woman's household keys. They have hooks to hang from the dress at the waist and a key ring for the keys. An ornate design covers the keys so that they are not visible and what is seen is an elegant artistically designed trinket of utmost utility. Check out the beautiful gemstone keychains available in a variety of shades and designs. Very affordable prices, and great value for money, you can experience the elation of being singled out for your distinctive, sophisticated taste and style.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Colorful, roomy, elegant yet casual, they are useful and attractive for both lounging at home as well as for elegant wear. Popular with both young and old, and especially with the plus sized woman, the kaftan is an extremely popular wear today. They are also called a muumuu, jilbab or simply house dress. Historically, the kaftan is a mans cotton or silk cloak buttoned down the front, with full sleeves, reaching to the ankles. It was the traditional wear in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Women wear it as evening gown dress. It is also preferred maternity dress as well as plus size dress. Sometimes these caftans are also refered to as robe or tunic.