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Jennifer Joseph's Blog – March 2015 Archive (14)

Dhoti: Traditional Men’s Wear

The dhoti is a traditional men’s wear attire in India and is worn in many states in across the country. Such is the popularity of this garment, which many states have come up with their own names for it, such as Laacha in Punjab, Mardaani in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Dhotar in Maharashtra and Mundu in Kerala. Although it is often confused with another similar piece of men’s clothing found in India i.e. the Lungi, it is completely different in its draping…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 31, 2015 at 7:17am — No Comments

The Simple, Earthy Look with Copper Accessories

Copper is said to be the first metal that was discovered by primitive man between 8000 and 9000 BC. It is a malleable metal that is also said to have antimicrobial properties. Over the span of several centuries, copper has been used and reused to create some of the most stunning pieces of jewelry, with rudimentary tools as well as state of the art machinery. In fact, there are also many myths and legends that are related to copper jewelry. Egyptians wore jewelry…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 30, 2015 at 5:46am — No Comments

Bringing the Bling with Crystal Jewelry

Crystal is derived from the German word ‘Krustallos’ and was earlier used to refer to quartz or rock crystal. Crystal is also associated with metaphysics and is therefore very popular in spiritual and astrologically significant items. It is said to possess energy, help in meditation, offer healing and protection along with the ability to store information. Wearing crystals is said to have a balancing effect on negative auras and energies. Crystals are found in a…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 28, 2015 at 7:09am — No Comments

Coorgi or Kodagu Style Saree

Coorg is one of the biggest coffee producing regions of Karnataka. The women in this region drape their sarees in a special way, which has been called the Coorgi Saree. This drape is identifiable by the pallu that is tucked in at the shoulder after it has been taken over the front of the torso as well as the pleats of the saree that are seen at the back. This drape is also called Kodagu style saree or Kodava attire. Brides wear another…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 27, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

Flattering Indian Churidars

Churidars, also spelled chudidar or churidaar, are Indian trousers that have a snug fit and are usually worn with kurtas or kurtis. These pants are made in such a way that they are longer than the length of the leg and the tight fitting is achieved by tailoring the ends of the pants at an angle of 45 degrees against the grain of the fabric. The name Churidar is derived from the Hindi word for Bangles i.e. Churi which denotes the circular gathers that form at the…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 25, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

Festive Wear Traditional Chaniya Choli

Chaniya Choli is a quintessential Indian traditional garment that that has been influenced by the Rajputs of Rajasthan and the Mughals. Although it is a customized version of the ghagra choli, the Chaniya has a knee length skirt. Ghagra cholis are commonly associated with Mughal traditional attire. However, the close relationship of the Mughals and the Rajputs, inspired the creation of the Chaniya Choli.…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 24, 2015 at 4:17am — No Comments

Gorgeous Cane Jewelry

Cane is often confused with bamboo and wicker, but in essence is a totally different natural fiber. It is basically the skin of the Rattan vine that grows in abundance in South East Asian countries and some parts of the Indian sub-continent. Although it is widely used in the creation of home décor items as well as home furnishings, cane is also used by tribal communities to create gorgeous pieces of ethnic jewelry.

There are…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Beautiful and Unconventional Bone Jewelry

One of the milestones crossed by human civilization as a whole was the crossing of the Stone Age. This age saw the usage of natural elements like animal teeth, bones and a variety of shells for functional purposes and then as ornamentation. The hunting and gathering phase of humankind also saw the invention of bone jewelry. In its earliest form, bone jewelry was seen as a talisman against evil, a symbol of totemic beliefs with other religious significance. Over…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 20, 2015 at 1:16am — No Comments

Traditional Saree Blouse

The blouse is a short upper garment that was traditionally meant to cover the shoulders, chest and under-bust of women while wearing a saree. The blouse is essential to most saree drapes as it is not only a necessary upper garment, it also have several functional uses such as supporting the pallu of the saree.

Grey and Red Faux Crepe Saree with Blouse The material…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 19, 2015 at 3:12am — No Comments

Bold Black Metal Jewelry in Fashion

Black metal is another name given to oxidized metal which is commonly used in creating jewelry pieces. While there are many non-reactive metals that are not prone to oxidization, there are others that make fine pieces of costume jewelry because of this property. Among such metals is silver, white gold, gold alloy when mixed with copper, nickel or silver as well as titanium.

Black metal jewelry or …


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 18, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Glorious Bengali Sarees

Bengali sarees as the name suggests comes from the state of West Bengal which is known for its rich textile and weaving heritage. Bengal is known for producing the Tant saree and Baluchari saree which are among the most well known Bengali sarees in the country. The art of making Baluchari sarees was initially concentrated in Bangladesh (erstwhile East Bengal) and spread to other parts of the state in the 18th century. The business of creating and selling Tant…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 17, 2015 at 5:17am — No Comments

Traditional Bamboo Jewelry

Crafting bamboo jewelry has been a part of Indian culture since time immemorial. The north eastern states as well as Kerala are well known for ethnic bamboo jewelry. The process of creating the piece becomes more intricate the smaller the piece of jewelry. All kinds of fashion jewelry can be created using bamboo, right from earrings and necklaces to anklets, bracelets and bangles. Bamboo jewelry is capable of being varnished and polished to showcase its original…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 16, 2015 at 6:05am — No Comments

Traditional Clothing Heritage of Assam

Assam, one of the sister states in the North East of India, has a rich textile and clothing heritage. While there are many unique garments and textiles that have been a part of the Assamese culture for centuries, modern day Assam is a lot more influenced by Western styles. Nevertheless, traditional items of clothing can be seen on special occasions such as the harvest festival of Assam, known as Bihu.

The …


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 3, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

Beautiful Armlets or Bajubands

Armlets or Bajubands are one of the most traditional forms of adornments that are found in India. These ornaments were first introduced in India by Bharatnatyam dancers in the Dravidian region, thereby making it an accessory for men. In fact, soldiers would sport sturdy Bajubands made of pure gold or silver. It was only later, that these were adapted for women’s usage as well. Even then, these were available in pairs to be donned by rural folk, especially…


Added by Jennifer Joseph on March 2, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

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