Kashmiri embroidery Sarees

Origin of a saree
A sari, saree or shari is a women’s garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from 4.5 to 8 meters (5 to 9 yards) in length and 60 to 120 centimetres (2 to 4 feet) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff.

There are various styles of sari manufacture and draping, the most common being the Nivi style, which originated in the Deccan region. The sari is worn with a fitted bodice commonly called a choli (ravike in southern India, and cholo in Nepal) and a petticoat called parkar or ul-pavadai. In the modern Indian subcontinent, the sari is considered a cultural icon. History of sari-like drapery is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC around the north western part of the Indian subcontinent.

There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder, baring the midriff. However, the sari can be draped in several different styles, though some styles do require a sari of a particular length or form. Ṛita Kapur Chishti, a Sari historian and recognised textile scholar, has documented 108 ways of wearing a Sari in her book, ‘Saris: Tradition and Beyond’.

Vale of Kashmir
Vale of Kashmir is an intermontane valley in western Jammu and Kashmir state, northern India. It is flanked by the main range of the Himalayas on the northeast and the Pir Panjal Range on the southwest. The Vale of Kashmir is an ancient lake basin about 85 miles (135 km) long, 20 miles (32 km) wide, and 5,300 feet (1,620 metres) high that is drained by the upper Jhelum River. Lined by mountains that rise 12,000 to 16,000 feet (3,600 to 4,800 metres), the vale is sheltered from the wet southwest monsoon. The population of the Kashmir region is concentrated in the valley, at the centre of which lies Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The valley was the resort of Mughal emperors, notably Jahāngīr, who reigned in the early 17th century and constructed picturesque gardens and buildings in the vale for his empress, Nūr Jahān.

Jamawar, or grown piece, is a special type of shawl made in Kashmir. “Jama” means robe and “war/var” is chest and metaphorically body. The best quality of Jamawar is built with Pashmina. The brocaded parts are woven in similar threads of silk or polyester. Most of the designs seen today are floral, with the kairy as the predominant motif. Historically handmade items, some shawls took a couple of decades to complete; consequently, original Jamawar shawls are highly valued. Modern, machine-made Jamawar prints, produced in cities such as Kashmir and other parts of Himachal Pradesh cost less to buy but handmade Jamawar are very expensive.

Origin and History of Jamawar
Traveling from Persia to Kashmir, this fabric reached the Indian subcontinent around five centuries ago, but this luxurious fabric reached its ultimate crest during the Mughal reign when Mughal emperor Akbar’s patronage gave way to this fabric in India.
Historically, Jamavar shawls were handwoven, and it used to take years and sometimes even a decade to finish weaving a single shawl. With the invention of Jacquard loom in the late 18th century, Jamavar became more affordable. The early 19th century saw major innovations in weaving. Skilled embroidery work and flawless weaves accentuated this fabric. However, by the end of 19th century, the art of Jamawar weaving began to fade away as the patronage of Mughals went down.
Historically, Jamavars were crafted out of pure silk and were exclusively worn by the royal and aristocrat class. Fortunately, with advanced technology and faster looms Jamavars are accessible to all nowadays.

‘Kasheeda’ is a Persian word meaning embroidery or drawing used mostly in the context of the hand embroidery done in the beautiful region of Kashmir, which traces its origin as early as eleventh century and till date forms one of the most refined form of embroidery for garments.
This precious art of embroidery gained its full glory during the reign of Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin in the 15th Century, when mesmerized by the beauty of the embroidery practiced in the valley, he brought craftsmen from other regions like Iran and Afghan to add variety and refinement. This helped the household art of embroidery to become an industry for the region with patrons not just in the India, Asia but also as far as Europe, considering Europe was far in the 15th Century.
Kasheedakari, as it is popularly known as, takes its patterns and colour from the beauty nature has generously bestowed on the region in the form of birds, blossoms and flowers, creepers, chinar leaves, ghobi, mangoes, lotus, and trees. A signature motif for Kasheedakari comes from the maple leaves and lotus flowers in various vibrant colours along with the traditional paisley motifs.

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Pastel peach color traditional Indian dress

There are plenty of ways to dress up gorgeous for festive nights, but rarely do we find anything that can be cool yet gorgeous for day time. Keeping that in mind, Pink Paparazzi has some style tips for festive morning fashion!

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We used a pastel peach churidar, with zari weave buties, that’s minimal yet elegant. Made out of crepe silk with zari border and weaves, this is perfect for morning aarti or anjali. The kurta has a rounded neck with a small v gap at the front, which is adorned with zari motif running on both sides of it. Also, the flowers and border on the dupatta give it a more festive look! A comfortable, effortless and festive ensemble! 

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One can go for any pastel shades with a hint of shine or glitter to jazz up the entire outfit, without overdoing it. After all the main goal is to create a perfect look for Ashtami morning with a bit of natural makeup and minimalist jewelry, that will be demure but eye catching!

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What are chinon chiffon sarees?

Sarees are perfect for every mood and every occasion. There is a saree for everything! It’s such an attire, that one can sport with almost any kind of jewelry and footwear. One can even find women trending sarees while on a morning run and that too with sneakers on! Sarees date back to as long as the Gupta Dynasty and we can see mention of them in old stories and even paintings from that time. Sarees were also traded at that time and often sewed with threads of pure gold and silver and given as royal gifts. Often these were family heirlooms too.

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Such sarees were spun out heavy textiles before, as lightweight sarees were considered blasphemous during olden times. However, with the advent of the newer eras and change in style and fashion, light and easy to carry sarees came into vogue. One of the famous ones being chiffon. Spun out of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics like rayon, these smooth and semi transparent fabrics are a still coveted possession. Most of us usually prefer wearing this kind, especially first timers as these sarees stay put and doesn’t go astray. Chiffons come in a variety of colors and can be dyed out as per preference.

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These sarees are usually left pretty basic or embroidered with floral or archaic designs. Chiffons are often printed and lined with satin ribbons or zari borders to give them a grand look! Chiffons are perfect for every occasion and can be worn as per the hour and event! It’s also the kind of material that easily dries up even and can be worn during the rainy season.

It’s one versatile fabric! Such is the magic of chiffon!

Most of us are well acquainted with the word chiffon and know about its existence and appearance. But, how many of us have heard about the term ‘chinon chiffon’? Well, not many of course as this a rare and high end variety.

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You don’t find chinon chiffons in every shop you visit, no matter how huge their collection is! Some just know the basic variety of chiffon and show you that even if you ask for chinon.

So, how do we differentiate between the classic chiffon and chinon chiffon? It’s easy peazy lemon squeezy! The classics are very transparent and a little coarse when touched by the hand, however chinon chiffons are smooth, translucent and watery. They both have the non crumpling nature, but being woven out of finer material, chinon chiffons give a sophisticated look altogether! Another attractive and awesome fact about chinon chiffon, that the classic chiffon lacks, is it’s iridescent quality. Chinon chiffons change colors when exposed to light and give you a real life rainbow filter effect, which normally we find in Jamevar sarees and of course in our Instagram face filters. This effect is vernacularly called ‘Mayur Kanthi’, meaning Peacock’s Throat, as the skin around a peacock’s throat, does change color the same way! Pretty fascinating and ethereal!

It’s actually wonderful how we find everything inspired from nature and how nature has its own jaw dropping hues and art! Iridescent qualities are added by combining threads of the same shade but different undertones, usually pink, blue and green. The expert hands of the weavers, wove out these delicates from three different spindles and they are showcased right in front of us while we decide on which one to choose!

It’s like a fairytale that you drape around yourself and look like a real queen, which each one of us are! So the next time, when you are torn between choosing what kind of saree fabric to go for, do add a chinon chiffon to your list, because you won’t find anything like it!

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Styling a Linen Saree for an evening party !!

Linen sarees are a huge trend nowadays and with the right blouse, anyone can sport it effortlessly. Women of all ages try out the linen trend and often try out really daring styles! Work wear, party wear or fashion wear, these sarees have taken over the vogue by so many levels! This is mostly due to the fact that these are easy to style, perfect for statement looks and most importantly, very versatile. Designer blouses play an important role in pairing these casual sarees and that’s what we are going to see browse through in this blog!

Linen sarees tend to have a good fall and fit and are perfect for both formal and informal wear. Choosing a linen saree that’s perfect for an evening party, might sometimes get a little confusing, given the wide range of available shades. However, the way linen is slowly but steadily becoming an alternative of cotton and silk, it ain’t that hard pairing one with a brocade blouse. Some basic knowledge about the color wheel is all one needs to play the dress up game. But, we have picked up a few mix and match styles with linen and brocade for you, which we will talk about eventually.

Lustrous linen sarees, are making a style statement and are a part of most celebrity wardrobes. The fusion of boho style with linen is now pretty well known and we have already seen many famous women, rocking it! Since, linen sarees are quite plain usually, it will look really mundane if one pairs it up with a plain blouse or the regular brocade. However, clubbing up with the new in trend, patchwork brocade blouse increases the fashion game by so many degrees, enough for all that sass!

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Another look that one can carry for evenings, is a contrasting one with a plain pink linen saree and a patchwork brocade blouse in unseen mix and match shades!

JEWELRY South Indian pearl and gold jhumkas

MAKEUP Round bindi with bold kajal eyes , soft eye shadow and nude lip gloss.


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A black checkered linen saree with a patchwork brocade blouse is an ideal combination of traditional and modern dressing for a party look!

JEWELRY Oversized gold with touches of maroon ear rings and red glass bangles.

MAKEUP Round bindi with bold kajal and light brown eye shadow with nude lips

HAIRDO Mid partition hair bun

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Patchwork brocade Blouse is available in Size – 36

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We assembled another black outfit with a black and orange bordered linen saree along with another patchwork brocade blouse, that looks very grand, and in the same time, keeps the look very sober and effortlessly pleasant.

JEWELRY Gold chandeliers

MAKEUP round bindi with bold kajal eyes ,soft brown eye shadow and nude lip gloss.


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Patchwork brocade Blouse is available in Size – 36

Patchwork brocade Blouse INR 1500

Pink linen saree available for INR 2900


Hope you like the evening look ideas and will choose a linen saree with contrasting blouse for your next party.


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Look resplendent in a Gharara !

Refreshing pastoral greens to soothe the mind and soul’

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We created this outfit idea, that has the color of the spirit of Mother Nature.

A cool and peaceful hue, that you can incorporate into your everyday OOTD. It is like taking a deeper look into nature and losing yourself in all its loveliness.

An off white in color, Chanderi cotton Kurta with green bagh prints. Has a green boho, broad border at the edges and cuffs and is paired up with a loose gharara, made out of soft chanderi.

Touched with a soul renewing hued dupatta which is also spun out of chanderi cotton and is lusciously green and eye soothing.

The color green, despite being a dominant color in the heart of nature, doesn’t stand out as bright, but as a shade that can rejuvenate the subconscious without having to be loud and bold.

The complete look has been accessorized with gold over sized earrings, like sunlight dancing on young greenery.

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Guide to curation and sources of the ensemble:

Chanderi Bagh Print Kurta

As mentioned before, the Chanderi cotton Kurta fabric had been bought from the local retailer and mine was 2.25 meters in length. It is way short in length, as I wanted longer sleeves. So, you’ve got a choice there, long length or long sleeves, you can have either with that length of fabric. My Kurta length was around 34″ and priced @ INR 500.

Gharara Creation

This soft petal fabric caught my eye at an exhibition in Bhopal. It’s a Chanderi cotton, however you can also opt for silk fabric as well. 3 meters of this pristine off white cloth was enough for me. But, in case you’re on the healthier side, then 3.5 meters should be just right. My gharara is 39.5 inches long and the fabric came for INR 350.

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Things to check with your tailor while placing an order:

The amount of flare you want for your Gharara.

The joint stitching, where the pleats are attached, to be made loose or tight as per your comfort level.

Try opting for a complete elastic waist, instead of in the cloth belt. This ensures longer durability and prevents early wear and tear.
Last but not the least, make sure the length of the Gharara is measured keeping in mind the heel length, if you’re planning to wear one.

Dupatta Style

A green Chanderi cotton/silk dupatta, that is of perfect length and came for just INR 800. A beautiful find from Mrignayini.

Earring guide from my Pandora’s Box:

A favorite pick from a jewelry corner in DB Mall, Bhopal. Came for a whooping INR 3600! Couldn’t resist the rare sunshine like design and sheen and hence, invested in these gorgeous beauties!

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Where to get it stitched?

Apologies, but can’t disclose that. One of the many perks of having your own fashion label, is you can get your dream outfit turned into reality, without having any second thoughts and opening oneself as first timers to tailors’s experiments.

However, if you’re into ethnic, you definitely have a favorite tailor, who grants your outfit wishes. For you all, I can guess that the stitching cost can range between INR 800 to INR 2500.

This is the complete step by step guide, to recreating the outfit and style that I am sporting in the pictures and I believe it’s gonna help anyone who wishes to carry this look or something similar to this revitalizing green splendor.

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Ethnic wear in Western Style !

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Here I am carrying a Black chiffon Saree with Pants and a Chantilly crop top.

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Cotton patchwork Blouse paired up with my silk Saree

Styling something gorgeous with a simpleton essence is pretty daring as well as quirky in a fashionable sense.What is a Blouse? A blouse is a loose-fitting upper garment that was formerly worn by workmen, peasants, artists, women, and children. It is typically gathered at the waist or hips (by a waistband or belt) so that it hangs loosely over the wearer’s body.

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Now that, Pink Paparazzi’s, cotton patchwork blouses are here, I have decided to pair up one with a simple, pristine and neat white, Maheshwari cotton silk saree!

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A saree that was purchased from Mhow, many years ago, when my husband was there for a short period of time. Sporting this look with demeanor and grace, just like every other time!



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