Wearing Print On Print: A Sustainable Indian Fashion Guide

How to wear a print on print outfit? Where is that fine line between intelligent and insane? This is a definitive style guide, a conclusion to #PrintOnPrintChallenge (the past week on my Instagram) that reveals my styling secrets for mixing prints and patterns in one outfit with ease. All of my outfits are slow, sustainable, artisanal fashion from India – my existing followers already know that’s all I primarily wear – but I’m positive my theories are adaptable quite easily … Read Full

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#SlowFashionSpotlight: Of Khadi, Ethical Production & Vaibbhavi P Label’s Sustainable Goodness

This artisanal Khadi handloom clothing line is everything ethical fashion should look and work like!

I recently discovered a brand that epitomises the beauty of slow living – Vaibbhavi P, an eponymous designer label with pieces that demonstrate immaculate attention to detail. Their ‘Traversee‘ collection inspired my Slow By The Sea series on Instagram; wandering about the shores in pearls paired wearing handspun and handwoven khadi that was soft as butter. This fair fashion brand creates clothing … Read Full

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Chiffons & Georgettes – What Sari is Truly ‘Pure’?

What is a chiffon, or a georgette, truly? How do we know what is pure chiffon and pure georgette? We have been fascinated by sheer, elegant and diaphanous weaves for centuries. Be it our homegrown chanderis and handwoven muls, or the introduction to weaves of European origin. Do you know when and how the chiffon saree first stepped into India?… Read Full

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Of Rumi’s Poetry and Vintage Chikankari

Listen to presences inside poems,
Let them take you where they will.
Follow those private hints,
and never leave the premises.

-Rumi

Most of us live and consume information in an ‘English’ state of mind, we forget that every piece of historic writing – mythology, religion, spirituality, ancient poetry and more from non-English speaking cultures – is quite possibly not what the original author set out to elucidate in that particular manner. We are servants to what was, and

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Keeping Cool in The Summer – Without an AC!

A Holistic, All-Natural Guide by Rhituparna Mitra

The tropical Indian summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to adopt eco-conscious summer practices from knowledge that lies in our cultural plethora Ayurvedic and slow living regimes! Isn’t it amusing how we sit inside our air conditioned rooms, ironically berating climate change, all the while knowing that our extensive carbon emission is the very cause of our discomfort?

Rhituparna Mitra is an eco-conscious maven and a passionate environmentalist who leads a … Read Full

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Kota Masuria, Kota Doria – Women & Woven Air

Kaithoon, a village of about 15,000 people in Rajasthan, is home to the ethereal¬†kota doria weave.¬†With 2500 looms, it houses weavers who have been working here for 300 years – their forefathers were brought here from Mysore in the 17th century by Maharao Kishore Singh, a general in the Mughal Army. This textile is locally known as Kota Masuria, because of it’s roots in Mysore. A true blue Kota Doria combines cotton and silk yarns in a … Read Full

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The Chedi Butta

It’s officially my first chance at procuring, wearing and learning about weaves that aren’t part of the mainstream saree narrative – and discovering Saaranga Chennai was instrumental in making this long overdue event of my six yard revival journey happen. South India has a plethora of handwoven treasures, each state having it’s array of weaves right from the affordable to the resplendent. The Chedi Butta – woven in Veeravanallur – is one such daintily beautiful weave, that has roots all … Read Full

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Kantha – Embroidery from the cradle to the grave!

We’ve all encountered a kantha – be it saree, dupatta, suit, cushion or blanket. But a little known fact that differentiate’s this eastern Indian tradition from several other embroidery crafts is that there lies a profound functionality behind it, for it was in it’s truest essence a craft tradition of the poor. Discarded textile scraps sewn together with a running stitch – the basic foundational block of needlework – to create something new. One of India’s oldest embroidery traditions, the … Read Full

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Deconstruction, Reconstruction: The Tale of Khesh Sarees

We’ve all heard of recycling and upcycling, recreating new garments with the old. Following the same principle, there exists an eclectic, beautiful textured handloom textile that is literally a saree recreated by scraps of older sarees! The process is fascinating yet simple…

The warp is with new yarn and the weft is with strips of thin cloth obtained by tearing old sarees length wise. For non textile experts, this simply means that long, thin strips of cloth cut from old Read Full

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Chic-ankari

White on white chikankari is a soothing, pristine and royal textile to wear – the feeling takes you all the way back to when Noor Jehan, wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, probably introduced it.

This beautiful, long kurta is sustainably special in many ways 

– it is a hand-me-down, and I always promote raiding and reusing clothing from wardrobes around you especially when it comes to gorgeous Indian textiles. Buy Less, Use More.

-it features exquisitely intricate shadow handwork … Read Full

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