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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
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-e-Kashmir
‘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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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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Kashmir collection-Black color saree

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Such is a beauty of Kashmir! Kashmir has a lot of reds to behold! Like the red apples in the orchards of Gulmarg or the reddening leaves of the Chinar tree that cover the roads and can often be found after the onset of winter hiding inside the cold, freezing snow, still ablaze with their bright fiery color! Kashmir is also home to a variety of animal species that inhabit the rugged terrain. The infamous saffron, that grows here gives rise to the delicious pink tea!

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Kashmir is well known for all its reds and greens. You look around and find apples peeking from inside the green of the apple orchards and the Chinar leaves turning red as monsoon season gives way to autumn. The red poppy grows around and cascades on the road, a bowed bougainvillea tree with its branches full of peach petals, bowing to everyone and offering season’s greetings. This is what is called ‘Heaven on Earth’ the beautiful ‘KASHMIR’!!

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Kashmir, also boasts of great sense in fashion – the beautiful Aari work Kashmiri embroidery! We at Pink Paparazzi promise to bring you Kashmir in a never before seen version, in colours and combinations, that are rare and unique just like the place. After all, we all have a part of our hearts, that we have kept saved up or left behind in Kashmir!

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Did you ever find a frozen chinar leaf? One, covered in pristine, white snow? That has taken up the shape of the leaf and looks like a sugar crystal leaf! And, that jet black raven that flew and settled on the window pane, with its wings full of snow flakes, as it flutters its wings and brushes them off. Inspired by a jet black raven and frozen chinar leaves, we have brought to you, a raven black artificial georgette designer saree, that has white frozen chinar leaf embroidery, running all over the pallu and along the edges as a border! Comes with a artificial  georgette blouse fabric in the same color and has embroidery on the sleeves.

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Kashmir Ki Kali!!

 

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Perched at 18,875 feet above the sea level, Kashmir has a rugged topography and is home to the longest Himalayan glacier. Kashmir, also known as Heaven on Earth boasts of beautiful scenic beauty and glimpses to remember for a lifetime.

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It is said that one who has visited Kashmir, has so much to keep in their archives and can revisit the place in their memories again and again on a rainy and misty day, sitting by the window, with a cup of warm tea in hand.

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That one moment, when you sit down on the steps of Vaishno Devi Temple and looked up to behold the Milky Way encompassing the expanse of the night sky, it looks as if the God has decorated the sky with tiny fairy lights. Or a night in the heart of Dal Lake, in a houseboat, with a sumptuous dinner by the small ‘Kangri’ and a peaceful sleep on the bed by the window that overlooks the mountains and the moonlight dancing on the waters of the lake.

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Such is a beauty of Kashmir! Kashmir has a lot of reds to behold! Like the red apples in the orchards of Gulmarg or the reddening leaves of the Chinar tree that cover the roads and can often be found after the onset of winter hiding inside the cold, freezing snow, still ablaze with their bright fiery color! Kashmir is also home to a variety of animal species that inhabit the rugged terrain. The infamous saffron, that grows here gives rise to the delicious pink tea!

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Kashmir, also boasts of great sense in fashion – the beautiful Aari work Kashmiri embroidery!

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We at Pink Paparazzi promise to bring you Kashmir in a never before seen version, in colours and combinations, that are rare and unique just like the place. After all, we all have a part of our hearts, that we have  kept saved up or left behind in Kashmir!

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CONTEMPORARY LOOK !!

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EVENING COCKTAILS…DRESSED TO KILL !!

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RAINBOW COLORS !!

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 Festive day attire with a modern twist !!

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This is how I recycled my rich brocade saree for my morning festive look. I’m wearing flair brocade high waist palazzo absolutely designed by me😊

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#1 FESTIVE LOOK!

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THIS IS HOW I RECYCLED AND DESIGNED THE OLD SILK SAREES…..
These sarees are a 1972 vintage and belonged to my mother-in-law.

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I didn’t feel like keeping them locked in my trunk so came up with an idea on how to ditch spending a heavy amount on festive wear. So I decided to reshape n recycle the silk sarees according to my liking….I finally came up with adding Indian tadka to Bohemian Vintage look!

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The set is a blend of four different colors and patterns ! To add the cherry on top, I added a rich brocade, emerald green dupatta as a finishing.

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You team up a straight kurta with palazzo instead of frock anarkali n flaunt yourself this festive season drenched in luscious fabrics. 😊

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I honestly have no qualifications or degrees in fashion designing and I don’t design clothes based on the season.I design clothes based on my own imagination and my creations reflect my taste and tell my story.

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Never ending span of a Saree

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There are some words, hearing which we get reminded of some good old memories. Such a word is saree. Saree is not just an word, it’s an emotion. We all have a story in mind when we hear this word. Probably the first time when you wore one or the one which you bought for your mum with your first salary. They hold such fond and dear memories that we can always cherish.

There is a different feeling altogether when you wear your mother’s saree for the first time. It might be for an ethnic day in school or University or for a family wedding dress up! Mothers definitely have a great taste in sarees and we are all attracted to her wardrobe collection of designer sarees and blouses! The best part is, when she willingly lets you wear the one of your choice and helps you tuck in all loose ends.

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Think about those toddler days, when you used to wrap your mum’s dupatta around you like a saree and tried to put on her makeup and heels and enacted the way she walks and talks. Your mom and dad probably has videos and photos of those adorable moments that they now sit and watch with invisible tears of how good those days were!

Remember the first time, when your mother did the pleats, asked you to hold the pallu and straightened the saree until it fit you perfectly? Also, how she helped you select the jewelry and shoes that would go with the look! Such a fond memory! Time indeed flies! Now when you can wear a saree on your own and you keep in mind mum’s tips, “One round, two round, fold and tuck!”

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Like I mentioned before, time is like the waves of the sea. They come and go. Now, you are standing in front of the mirror. A tad bit of turmeric still sticks to your neck from Haldi Celebration. Its your wedding day. You are nervous. You’re gonna start a new life and you don’t know if he is Mr. Right. You look at your beautiful Banarasi saree which happens to be an heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation. You touch the fabric and think about the times when you used to prefer online shopping and used to squeal in delight when your haul arrived. But the feeling of having a family heirloom, already makes you feel that a part of your family’s love will be there with you always.

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Also, perhaps helping your own daughter into a saree someday and thinking about how once your mum did the same for you and probably how your daughter would do the same for her daughter. To growing up and continuing this cycle, it’s as if, from being a girl to a woman, life revolves round a saree. A beautiful fabric of six yards that is sheer elegance and grace.