Archive for March, 2011

Pre-stitched Sarees – Wear a Saree within a Wink of an Eye

Pre-Stitched SareesSarees have always been a fashionable and trendy choice for Indian women. However, in the fast-paced life of the modern Indian women and in her busy schedule, it is difficult to continue wearing this elegant outfit. This is not because those modern jeans wearing girls are incapable of draping or managing sarees, but it is the time taken to drape it that is negating the effort.

What is a pre-stitched saree?

Today’s working women and the busy moms find it difficult to manage the time to wear a saree, when going to the office or attending any party after the office. In order to save the time and effort, the designers have created pre-stitched sarees – a smart way to tackle the problem. Keeping the client’s requirements in mind, the manufacturers have created ready made sarees, which are stitched beforehand and thus taking only 15 seconds to fit you into a saree, instead of the normal 7-10 minutes.

Pre Stitched Designer SareesThese pre-stitched sarees are like putting on a long pleated skirt, where the pleats are stitched at the center and worn over a petticoat minus the hassles of tucking and modifying the pallu length. The petticoat and the saree blouse are worn separately and are not stitched. All you have to do to wear a pre-stitched saree now is that wear it like a long skirt and wrap the free end on your left shoulder.

Though many orthodox minded people were against this fashion, as they state that this is hampering Indian culture, which in reality is having effects just the opposite. With this readymade option available to women, these have actually extended Indian tradition beyond borders. Foreigners prefer this type of saree, which actually ensures the pleasures of wearing a saree without the fuss involved, since the draping is already done for you.

Word of Caution.

You can get all sorts of designs in these automatic sarees and you can get every variety custom made sarees for you. Nonetheless it is advisable, that before buying any such saree, you should check if the saree fits you properly or not. This is just like buying anything ready-made, which requires trial before you pay. Since these are made previously it is better that you try it out earlier and if necessary get the necessary alteration done. If it cannot be altered do not buy that pre-stitched saree.

Keeping this in mind, women who want to strike a balance in their look of traditional yet contemporary can try this option. This is even a good choice for newly wed brides who find saree draping to be uncomfortable, yet following traditions have to wear it. These sarees have actually popularized wearing of sarees immensely, and are in much vogue nowadays, changing the fashion trend of India.

Add some sizzle to your collection with Jamawar & Jacquard Sarees!

You must have heard of Jamawar and Jacquard Sarees but perhaps you were so used to wearing chiffon and georgette sarees that the thought of buying a Jamawar Saree or a Jacquard Saree must not have crossed your mind. However, there is no harm in experimenting with a Jamawar, Jacquard or Floral Printed Saree to add some sizzle and sparkle to your wardrobe.

One can easily find Jamawar, Jacquard and Floral printed sarees at any online saree portal and even pay for them instantly via a credit or debit card and also have them delivered to your doorstep.Buying an expensive Jamawar saree online can be a very sensible proposition as they not only come with doorstep deliveries but also prove to be economical as online retailers pass on the savings made on rental and real estate to consumers who desire a good bargain.

What most people don’t know is that the soft drape of a Jacquard Saree suits a lot of body types and is actually quite flattering to the female form.No wonder women of all ages  choose Jacquard sarees  for their elegance and grace. Jamawar and especially Pashmina Jamawar Sarees are highly sought after items in the developed markets of the West. In the medieval ages, royals often wore gowns and shawls made of Jamawar and these sarees trace their origin to the Jamawar region in Kashmir. Weavers in Jamawar have mastered the art of weaving Jamavar Sarees with intricate designs and the price tags attached to these sarees often reflects the hard work that has gone into making them.

If a Jamawar or Jacquard saree doesn’t suit you, then you can however opt for a floral printed saree with intricate resham work or gold metallic embroidery for your next party as these sarees are known to accentuate the beauty of the wearer.

I hope the information I have provided in this blog helps you to take the right purchase decision. Do share your experiences about these sarees on this platform.

I would love to hear from you !

Latest Trends in Bollywood Sarees

katrina-kaif-in-pink-bollywood-sareeThough Bollywood actresses are hardly seen wearing sarees these days, but when they do so, they do it with grace and élan. With the talented fashion designers around the corner, the art of wearing sarees has reached a new level. Now Bollywood sarees are made according to the needs and demands of the fusion of cultures or based on some sort of theme.

The Favored Bollywood Fabric

Considering the heroine’s height, complexion, vital status and personality, the designer has to create the perfect look for the celebrity. Chiffon, georgette, silk and crepe are the favored fabric of Bollywood, where each fabric stands out for highlighting something particular. Where chiffon, crepe and georgette gives a slimmer and trendier look, silk manifests grandeur in the looks of the heroines.

It is not only in films but also in award nights and fashion shows as well, where the celebrities are seen decked up in this traditional attire. Be it Kajol in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain,’ or Karishma Kapoor in ‘Raja Hindustani’ or Rani Mukherji in ‘Hum Tum’ or Sushmita Sen in ‘Main Hoon Na,’ every one looked suave and gorgeous in simple chiffon and georgette saris.

The Bengali look in Bollywood Saree Trends

vidya-balan-in-bollywood-sareeAishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vidya Balan have taken saree endorsement to a different level all together. They popularized the Bengali way of draping a saree in ‘Devdas’ and ‘Parineeta,’ making it a vogue even in masses. After this style emerged every bride wanted a look similar to what these ladies have worn on screen.

Vidaya Balan is specially credited for promoting Bengali style sarees with gold jewelry. She has been seen modeling a Sabyasachi Mukherjee Saree on the cover page of FHM, which is also Bengali style saree.

The Other Bollywood Saree Trends to Watch Out For

Bollywood fashion world has experimented with latest trends in sarees, of which the Butterfly saree has really caught the attention. It is a style where the pallu of the saree represents a butterfly, becoming narrow towards the shoulder. Shilpa Shetty is often seen flaunting this look, paired with pearl and kundan jewelry.

The floral polka dot saree of Aishwarya, when she was receiving the national film award, The Manish Malhotra designed saree of Priyanka Chopra for the Asian Film Awards ceremony and the IIFA-2009 or the pink saree of Amrita Rao in the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 gives are some of the latest trends flaunted by Bollywood stars.

Net Bollywood Sarees with their intricate work also ensures a breathtaking look. It is generally seen on Aishwarya who prefers a white handcrafted embroidered net saree. With a strappy blouse and chandelier earrings of diamond, the look can be completed. Another popular trend is the lehenga saree, where the costume with its embroidered multi-colored thread, has the look of saree yet the cut of a lehenga.

Most Popular Sarees of Bangladesh

Sarees are known to enhance the beauty of Indian women. Ranging from 5-9 yards this long flowing drape, is the traditional wear of Indian and Bangladeshi women. Bangladesh like India creates a great variety of sarees which are admired by the whole world. The sarees of Bangladesh are mostly named after the villages and town of Bangladesh from where they originate.

The Sarees of Bangladesh originated from mainly five different villages with its own distinctive style, namely Muslin, Jamdani, Tangail, Rajshahi, Tassar and Mirpur Bridal sarees.

Muslin Sarees

muslin saree from bangladeshMuslin is a delicate feathery fabric, which is finely woven in full white. It is named after Mosul in present Iraq, the city through which the fabric was exported from Middle East to Europe in the 17th century. Interestingly, the true origin of this fabric was in Bangladesh and certain parts of West Bengal in Eastern India. This fabric was created for the first time during Mughal rule, which was so refined, that only Queens and rich women wore these 6 yards of smooth sarees capable of passing through a ring. The British destroyed this art during their rule in a bid to stifle the widely popular muslin. However, Indian scientists revived the secret of making muslin in the recent years initiating Muslin production again. Now, weavers from Bangladesh as well as parts of eastern India have stated making Muslin Sarees as their forefathers made hundreds of years ago.

Jamdani Sarees

jamdani sareesJamdani is one of the most expensive sarees produced by Bangladesh, as the work involved in it is quite dedicated and lengthy. These sarees are characterized by a see-through look, and unique, artistic and intricate handiwork of the weavers (tanti), makes it a favorite choice among today’s fashion conscious working women and international aristocrats.

This tradition is over 2000 years old and includes exquisite patterns that are mostly floral, plant or geometry based. The various names of Jamdani Saree patterns are butidar, panna hajar, jalar, dubli lala, tersa, duria, charkona and many others. Small flowers weaved on the fabric is known as Butidar, whereas these design in reclining position is known as Tersa Jamdani.

Modern designs of Jamdani include works of rose, lotus, Jasmine, sago, bunch of bananans, and bunch of ginger. Apart from sarees, Jamdani is used to make handkerchief and scarves too.

Tangail Sarees

tangail sarees from bangladeshTangail sarees are a simple version of the Jamdani Technique, where the paar (pallu) has spectacular embroidery of “paddo” (lotus), “pradeep” (lamp), combined with the authentic “lata-pata”(vine) pattern and others. Often single and multiple colors are woven into the paar (pallu) to create the “meekari” effect. Where Jamdanis stand for sophistication, Tangail stands for gorgeous bridal sarees in affordable price range. These include sarees good for “gaye holud” (haldi) and “mehendi” occasions where Jamdani motifs are woven on Tangail fabric resulting in a wonderful mix of Tangail Jamdhani.

Rajshahi Silk Sarees

This is one of the finest and most delicate fabrics, produced in Rajshahi, Bangladesh and quite renowned in the world of sarees. This supple fiber is produced from shells of silkworms, which is covered with a protein called Sericin. There are three types of Rajshahi Silk – Mulberry, Eri (or Endi), and Tassar. Among these it is Mulberry that is most valuable as by quality it is the best. Rajshahi fabric and its products are quite desirable in Bangladesh, India as well as across the globe.

Mirpur Silk Sarees

Mirpur Silks are an invariably matchless choice in case of wedding ceremonies. The best remarkable bridal sarees are Mirpur Benarasee, katan or silk from Mirpur Benarasee Polli. Originally apart form Mirpur in Bangladesh; these sarees are also manufactured in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and a small number in Pakistan. Gaudy sarees with primitive ornamentation and striking colors makes the sarees suit ideally to the occasion of marriage. The warp is pure fine silk mixed with metallic strings and silk. Interestingly the elaborate work on the Mirpur silk is done on the basis of a gender differentiation, where the men weave and the women embroiders on the woven silk.

These are some of the famous sarees from Bangladesh, whose popularity is not only limited to Bangladesh but is appreciated throughout the world.

A guide to the sizzling Sarees of Rani Mukherjee

rani mukherjee in gold-sareeRani Mukherjee, Bollywood’s Bong star is mostly seen dressed in Sarees. Not only she sports this Indian look in award nights but she looks extremely comfortable and chic, being in the skin of the quintessential Indian woman. In sarees, though she endorses many designers, but it is Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s creation that she prefers wearing the most.

Rani Mukherjee’s take on Sarees

Rani seems to have a fetish for the color red. Be it a gorgeous heavy polka dotted saree with golden gota patti (border) on the pallu that she wore at Shilpa Shetty’s wedding reception or a simple saree in net fabric, it is the color red that is dominant in her choice.

She was once spotted in a translucent saree, which made her look sizzling, more because of the color red and the revealing silver crystals laced doris at the back of the blouse. The poise to carry a see-through net saree as well as a heavy designer silk saree is always seen in Rani. At the launch of Dance Premier League, Rani was seen wearing a golden saree with red velvet patti (border) with golden embroidery on the pallu, which clearly reveals in some form or the other, the color red is present in her attire. She looked gorgeous in this Manish Malhotra design.

Rani loves to wear net and tissue sarees as she has been witnessed most of the times wearing sarees of this variety. Among other kinds, she prefer chiffons and at special occasions silks. However, during the Durga Puja she is mostly seen wearing the Handloom Cotton Sarees of Kolkata or the heavy silks of Southern India. A great sense of mixing her saree wardrobe gives this Bong beauty a mix of a girl-next door as well as a diva look.

Rani Mukherjee’s take on Accessories

Rani surely knows what to wear with what kind of saree to get the appropriate simple yet diva look. She knows how to strike the right balance in sarees and its accessories. She likes wearing simple round banjara earrings with dark royal blue sarees, which are elegantly laced with rusty shades brocade and golden botis.

She has also been spotted wearing a chunky pearl necklace suiting pink sequins work done on chiffon saree at a certain occasion, which she paired it with a silk sequined halter blouse. Rani usually prefers big bangle earrings to small tops.

She is hardly seen carrying purses, but the lady didn’t lag behind in matching polka dotted red saree, she wore at Shilpa Shetty’s reception, with a sleek golden clutch. Rani loves to wear halter neck and noodle strapped blouses, which gives the “diva look” with see-through chiffons and net sarees.

Whatever, the saree type is, whatever the color is, this lady knows how to capture the hearts of millions of fans with her effortless yet dazzling Indian stylization in nothing other than India’s National dress – sarees.

Filmfare Awards 2011 became an Exhibition of Sarees

2011 filmfare awardAward ceremonies have always been a platform for fashion designers to flaunt their designs through the celebrities. This year’s Filmfare Awards was also no exception. However amidst all the stunning apparels, our national dress stood out predominantly as the preferred choice of the celebs.

Here’s a glimpse into the starry world where the flowing fabric graced the red carpet:

Poonam Dhillon exemplified the Desi girl look in large golden patterned emerald green saree with purple border. The look was completed with a captivating piece of ruby stoned jewelry, a stone studded bracelet and a sleek silver clutch.

Isha Koppikar looked immaculate in her off-white saree. The glamour quotient was added to her by the light touch of gold detailing in her saree, the apt golden clutch and the traditional earrings, which furthered the charm.

The wives of Shatrughan Sinha and Vishal Bharadwaj, Poonam Sinha and Rekha Bharadwaj, made an elegant statement with off-white sarees with all over designs and a lustrous red saree with a matching batwa, respectively.

A shot of blood red mixed with an orange is what made Sara Jane Dias stand out. This double-hued saree was perfectly balanced with beige blouse and clutch of the same color to complement the beige prints on the saree.

There was seen a role reversal in Priety Zinta and Rani Mukherjee, where the former is mostly seen in gowns, graced the ground by wearing a red Manish Malhotra creation, and the later mostly in seen in saree had worn a purple gown. The delicate fabric looked superb on Preity, which had intricate detailing on the saree and the blouse. The saree paired with a pair of ethnic danglers and a matching batwa, the chic look was complete.

In a Black Sabyasachi Mukherjee Saree, Vidya Balan looked stunning as she subtly harmonized the simple saree with gaudy yet refined jewelry. The ladies in black, Vidya and Dia Mirza sizzled the red carpet at the ceremony. Dia looked scintillating in a Gaurav Gupta creation, with a lacy choli that added to the effect.

As a norm, the head turner of the function was evergreen Rekha, who looked the golden girl in her multi-hued silk saree. With her long plait with tassels at the end and the traditional heavy jewelry she looked divinely gorgeous and arty.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan entered with her Pa-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, as a stark contrast to his black suit; she looked pristine in her white ensemble. The crystal embroidered silvery white saree and the perfect clutch to go with it, imparts an angelic look to this paragon of beauty.

Alka Yagnik’s bold look in a black saree patterned with bright red prints with a suitable clutch looked quite lovely.

Claudia Ciesla also joined the saree brigade looking like a mermaid in a glistening saree in hues of green and gold.

Another Sabyasachi Mukherjee Saree graced the occasion with Shriya Saran doing the honors. With long sleeves and a low neckline she looked ethnic. The last touches to complete the look were the traditional jhumkas.

Aarti Chabria, in her peacock-blue saree embroidered with large golden designs looked fashionable as she matched the saree with contrasting bangles and a perfect golden clutch.

Check out the Latest Saree Trends for 2011

Embroidered Saree Trends 2011For Indian women, a dress that never goes out of fashion is Indian Sarees. This attire makes any woman look sensuous and beautiful. From traditional to modern designer sarees, every variety is good to bring that poise in a girl and transform her into a woman. In India, every woman while shopping for a saree, decides to go for a new type to add another feather to her collection.

When it is Sarees – Bollywood does matter !

A major influence on the favored choice of saree is the trend set by Bollywood stars and what they wear on the award nights. Even the influence of Bollywood Sarees has reached beyond seas and women settled abroad are also crazy about owning sarees. Their most preferred types are the ones that are glittering having zardosi work or zari or embroidery of some sort or resham work on them. From a simple cotton or silk saree with some golden thread or artistic work done on it to heavy gaudy sarees is always in demand for young women who imitate the celebrities.

The Saree Colors to be favored in 2011

Designer Sarees 2011 Whatever be the fabric, the year 2011 is the year of the color and shades of purple. This is the latest trendsetting color, which looks, quite girlie and beautiful. Violet being a royal color in itself will look great with works of resham and sequins on a net or tissue sarees, making a classy style statement. Fancy borders with intricately patched and embroidered with dark colored sequins look quite cool.

Other than purple, violet and mauve, other trendy colors are black, dark bottle green, dark royal blue, dark maroon, which always remain on the top of the priority list. Resham and sequins work looks best on dark colors giving the saree an aristocratic feel. These sarees are apt for evening parties where you can flaunt your stunning saree, along with a well-designed blouse complimenting the saree and suitable jewelry with it.

The Wedding Saree Trend of 2011

For wedding ceremonies, Benarasi silk sarees will keep their popularity for 2011. These “all time favorites” with their refined exquisite brocade and zari work on the border is a dream for any would-be bride. It is the shimmering luster of the Benarasi sarees that magnetize every one. These days a lot of creativity goes into making a Benarasi appear more breathtaking. Many designers use even the Benarasi silk fabric to create new styles as well.

Georgette Sarees will rule the roost in 2011

The lightest and trendiest fabric and is considered evergreen by women are Georgette Sarees and Net Sarees. Due to its puckered material, georgette and net makes the wearer look slim and stylish. On such types of sarees, heavy embroidery work looks gorgeous and makes you look magically pleasing to the eye.

Grab this never before chance to win a Haute Couture Sari!!!

All you divas out there, here is a chance to look gorgeous, charming, mesmerizing…and then get recognized and rewarded for it too.

Well, you would be a fool to pass off such an opportunity. C’mon girls, it’s not every day that you get a chance like this. Does this sound too good to be true? Believe me, it is true. Pinch yourself. Period.

So, here is the deal. The contest is aptly titled “Diva of the Week”. We would be lying, if we don’t consider ourselves a diva; after all, we are all divas in our own right.

The contest running (it is already on) on the facebook page of, is open to all female fans.

To enter the contest, you just have to email us at with your picture, wearing any Indian traditional dress like sarees, shalwar suits, lehengas, cholis…you name it. Every week, we will select a contestant as “Diva of the Week” and her image will be used as the Display Picture on the’s facebook page.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, and their decisions will be final and binding. There will be no voting to choose the winner. But hey, you can always comment on the images, and to be fair to you all, we will always put your comments and opinions into consideration, while picking up the winner.

The winner gets the chance to choose any saree worth USD40 from the album ‘Winning Sarees’ that is displayed on our facebook page. Shipping will be free.

And hey, that’s not the end of it. In the grand finale of this exciting contest, we will choose “The Ultimate Diva” from among the weekly winners. Here the winner will be picked through votes. If you win it, you will get a saree worth USD 200.We would do the stitching for you, without any charges, but you will have to pay for shipping.

Well girls, what are you waiting for? The contest is already on. You better hurry before it’s too late.

Which Saree should I wear on my Wedding Day?

wedding day sarees bridal sareesFor a bride, Wedding Day is the most precious day and to make it more memorable it is necessary that you choose the best saree. Irrespective of the figure, height and looks, sarees can make you look exceptionally gorgeous. This is a day every bride wants to look her best and so picking up the right bridal saree becomes quite pivotal, as you will cherish this saree forever. Among the wide diversity of Indian Wedding Sarees, when you select your bridal wear, you have to consider certain aspects, like Fabric, Color, Draping Style etc. Let us take you through our guide:

The Wedding Fabric

The most customary type of bridal sarees is the silk sarees, which are available in different parts of India with their special types of embroidery and laces. The most popular silk sarees are Pure silk, Benaras Silk, Mysore silk, Kanchipuram, Orissa’s Ikat silk, Baluchari from Mushirabad, Gujarat’s Patola silk, Assam’s Muga sarees, Bandhani from Rajasthan, Paithani from Maharashtra, Pochampally from Andhra and Tamil Nadu’s Tanjore and Dharmavaram silk sarees.

bridal sarees wedding sareesAs a bride, you must select a saree that is not too heavy for you, as you need to be capable of carrying it the whole evening. It is best to get a heavy saree for the night ceremony and for the rest of the ceremonies of the day and the reception; you can go for something light. Other than the silk material, you can go for the Kashmiri embroidered bridal sarees, light synthetic tissue silks, creative Rajasthani bridals, Italian crepes and georgette. The tissue silks are cheap, light and easy to maintain, and paired with kundan, zari, zardosi and sequins they look quite splendid. The nylon or polyester made georgette are also light and can find a place in your wedding wardrobe for the additional ceremonies.

The Wedding Color

Traditionally red or maroon are the colors for an Indian bride, however, times are changing and a shift in bride’s preference to the shades of pink, peacock, golden yellow, green, yellow and other combinations are being noticed. The colors must be chosen keeping the complexion of the bride in mind as dark colors are good for fair-skinned brides and bright colors are the right choice for dusky brides.

The Saree Draping Style

There are various styles of draping a saree following the bride’s particular state of origin. Nonetheless, the most predominant style of draping is the North Indian style, where you make a “seedha pallu” bringing the free end of the saree in the front to display the intricate work of the pallu, and the South Indian Style, where you can do a left side opening of your pallu.

The Design

For a bride, it is essential to wear a nicely designed saree on her wedding day. Synthetic fabric is good to have gorgeous embroidery with zari, mirror, pearl, organza, patchwork, zardosi, sequins etc. Expensive fabric like silk, self laced simple designs look graceful. Even the south silk sarees are good but expensive choices as pure gold threads are used in them.

The Saree Blouse

Generally the bridal sarees come with dress material for the blouses, but if you have to take a separate blouse you have to get the perfect match in color of the saree or a color contrasting to the sari but matching the border maybe. You can further give matching neck and arm cuts for the blouse.

Embroidered Sarees Collection 2011

Latest Designer and Wedding Embroidered Sarees Collection 2011


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