Tag: #atozchallenge


7 things I learnt from A to Z #MondayMusings

Well, the month of April has come to an end and with it the challenge of A to Z. All those who have participated will heave a sigh of relief . ( Thank God we’ve got through with X Y and Z)  All those who haven’t participated will also heave a sigh of relief. ( …


Zari & Zardozi – Threads of Gold #AtoZChallenge 2017

And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain………… the familiar words of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” kept playing in my head all day long as I thought of what to write for the last post of this challenge. Can there bebetter way than to end with the glitter of Zari …


Yeola silk #AtoZChallenge 2017

Even though my mum has always worn saris while I was growing up, I had never seen a Yeola silk  sari till I was gifted one by my mother-in-law to be. I still remember the shock I got when she took me into her room. She opened a cupboard and pulled out a pile of …


The X Factor #AtoZChallenge 2017

  What is the X Factor? X is a toughie in whichever theme you choose. I am sure that everyone has had to scratch their heads real hard for this one.And many like me must have tweaked things a bit just so that they fit with the alphabet. Well, I am using X to describe …


Valkalam and Venkatgiri #AtoZChallenge 2017

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I’m afraid there’s been a delay in posting V but there was a major miscalculation of time on my part . I had a ton of things to do , and too little time to do them. Apart from a lack of  time, there was a toss up between which two southern beauties I should …


Uppada- Yet Another Stunner #AtoZChallenge 2017

  The other day I was glancing through an issue of a glossy magazine. Surprisingly,I found that the ladies from the South preferred to wear saris rather than the trousers or Salvar Kurtis. And when I see the rich tradition of the saris from the South, I know why. Contrary to what most people imagine, …


Tanchoi and the Chinese Connection #AtoZChallenge 2017

Is 80:20 worth it? Today  I really want to  abandon the challenge. It has been quite tough finding time to post, read, comment and share. What is most disappointing is the fact that this effort has proved to be another 80:20 exercise where 80% effort produces 20% results. And worse still,  this morning, the news …


15 Silky Facts I bet you didn’t know about! #AtoZChallenge 2017

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This is the third year I’m participating in the #A to Z Challenge.  My theme has been  Traditions in Indian Textiles. Today I’m going to share some interesting facts about Silk that I bet you didn’t know about. Silk is a luxury fabric that has played an important part in our Indian textile tradition. After …


Ritu Kumar and the Design Revolution #AtoZChallenge 2017

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[Tweet “Modern Indian designers have redefined Indian textile tradition with a new approach to traditional skills creating fashion with universal appeal.”] A bare bones wardrobe Despite the fact that India has a rich textile heritage, the fashion or couture tradition is fairly new. It may well shock you to know this but the average wardrobe …


Cuddles and Quilts #AtoZChallenge 2017

Quilts There are quilts and there are quilts. Thick warm cuddly quilts. Soft, cozy cuddly quilts. Quilted memories captured in bits of familiar  clothes. Or stunningly patterned pieces joined with care and love. Flat, simple, basic quilts. There are quilts and quilts and quilts Whatever the quilt, its basic function is to keep you warm …


Passing on the Paithani tradition #AtoZChallenge 2017

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The Paithani Tradition If it’s P, it has to be PAITHANI. When I was a little girl,  I used to think the Paithani sari was rather  unattractive. It’s bold colours and booties were coarse compared to the fine, delicate Benarasi or the exquisite, rich temple saris of Kanjeevaram. But over the years, having seen them …


Nine Yards for Comfort #AtoZChallenge 2017

It’s on to N and I must say I’m stumped ! The only Textile I can think of is the NarayanPeth sari which  is the typical weave of Sholapur, a town in Southern Maharashtra. However , this is similar to the Paithani which I’m going to talk about later. So I thought I’d tweak things …


Bleeding Madras Check & the Sari from Maheshwar #AtoZChallenge 2017

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  [Tweet “Genuine Madras Check is Guaranteed to Bleed”] Bleeding Madras Check! Now why would anyone in his right mind buy a fabric that bleeds? Well, it would seem the right thing to do if you were a rich American holidaying in the Caribbean during the Great Depression.  Madras check has a checkered history and …


Leheriya from Rajasthan #AtoZChallenge 2017

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Leheriya Once upon a time I had three leheriyas in my cupboard. My favourite was a brilliant pink known as Rani Pink ( fuschia ) . Alas! I don’t have a single Leheriya in my cupboard right now. The only Textile Tradition I can think of for L is Leheriya . The word translates to waves …