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Fathers Day Gift in Albany

Posted by albanyfashions on June 7, 2012

Father’s Day is round the corner, and like every year, it’s a tad difficult to pick up a gift for the most special man in our lives. In fact, it was easier to choose (or create) gifts when we were younger—a small handmade card prepared with crayons and inscribed all over with illegible scribbles would light up his face! However, over the years, the gifts usually given to dad are more for keepsakes—colorful neckties, silver cufflinks embossed with initials, or a glass chessboard set—all sit pretty in his cupboard, gathering dust.

But, it is time you got creative and bought something he’ll love to get—like clothes. Look around for his taste in clothes—maybe a set of white kurta pyjamas, a stylish linen shirt, or an embroidered Lucknowi kurta tailored to perfection are more his style. Be original and imaginative, and take him by surprise this Father’s Day!


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How to wear a Saree

Posted by albanyfashions on August 4, 2010

Step 1 Step 2
At least part of the secret of the sari are the “underneath” garments – a waist -to- floor length petticoat, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. (No elastic, please!) And a tight fitting blouse that ends just below the bust – short sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines.
Starting at the navel, tuck the plain end of the sari into the petticoat for one complete turn from right to left. Make sure that the lower end of the sari touches the floor.
Step 3 & 4 Step 5
Beginning from the tucked-in end start making pleats in the sari, about 5 inches deep. Make about 7 to 10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even
Tuck the pleats into the waist slightly to the left of the navel, and make sure that they are turned towards the left.
Step 6 Step 7
Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right, and bring it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that it falls to about the level of the knees.
The end portion thus draped is the pallav, and can be prevented from slipping off by fixing it at the shoulder to the blouse with a small safety pin.

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Indian Fashion Glossary

Posted by albanyfashions on August 4, 2010

Ambi A mango-shaped motif – the paisley pattern (lit. ‘rich’)

Amli Needle work embroidery native to Kashmir

Angarkha A long-sleeved, full-skirted tunic for men, generally open at the chest and tied in front with an inner flap

Ari Awl-like hooked needle, often used for chain stitch embroidery

Badam A textile term for oval-shaped motifs

Badla Flattened gold or silver wire

Badla Mukaish Knots of badla sewn onto cloth

Baluchar A type of brocaded silk sari

Bandgala Achkan and shervani (lit. ‘closed neck’)

Bandhini The mode of tie-dyeing fabrics to form patterns (also known as bandhej)

Bandi A short jacket or waistcoat

Batik A paste or wax resist dyeing technique

Bel A stylized creeper pattern

Buti A smaller version of a buta the term is used also to denote stylized animal motifs printed in block repeats

Calico A term used by early European traders

Cheent Spotted

Chikankari White embroidery, predominantly floral patterns, executed on fine white cotton with untwisted threads of white cotton or silk

Chiru Himalayan antelope

Choli A woman’s blouse or bodice usually tight-fitting

Chunari A tie-dyed dotted pattern, a veil

Chunnat Pleated or crimped gota ribbon

Churidar paijama Style of tight-fitting paijama, rouched from the knee to the ankles (lit. the paijama with bangles)

Dhoti An unstitched garment used to drape the lower body, very much in use today

Dori A cord

Dupatta An unstitched length of material for the upper body traditionally worn by both sexes, but now mainly worn by women as part of a salwar kameez (paijama and tunic) ensemble

Farshi A wide legged trailing paijama

Ganga Jamuna The juxtaposition of silver and gold in a woven pattern, named after the confluence of dark and light waters of the two sacred rivers

Ghaghra A gathered skirt usually very flared

Ghera Circumference, fullness of a garment

Gheru Saffron, ochre

Ghundi A button made of silk or cotton, sometimes covered with gold or silver wire, held together with a loop

Gota A metallic ribbon in which badla forms the weft and silk or cotton the wrap

Gota Moti A beaded cord covered with gota, often used for finishing ghaghra and jama hems

Gota Patti Small leaf shapes made of gota

Gote The bottom part of a farshi paijama which is made up of three sections, often richly embellished

Holi A lively and colourful festival celebrated on the last day of the month of Phalgun to welcome the onset of spring

Ikkat The name of the pattern created by the tie-dyeing the weft and wrap threads before weaving which is a specially of Gujarat Orissa and Andhra Pradesh

Izarband The decorative drawstring at the waist of a lower garment, usually a ghaghra or a paijama with ornamented tasselled ends

Jaal An all over pattern in a printed or embroidered fabric

Jala A small wooden frame used by master craftsmen, on which threads are tied to form a grid of the wrap and weft outling the design of the weave

Jamakhana The storehouse for garments in the Mughal and other royal courts

Jamavar The trade name for the woven or embroidered Kashmir shawls

Jamdaani A weaving technique traditional to the town of Tanda, Jais and Dacca used to produce figured muslins

Jhoomar A jewelled hair ornament worn on the side of the head

Jhumka A bell-shaped piece of jewellery

Jutis Slip on shoes, usually elaborated embroidery and with unturned toes

Kalamkari Painted cloth (as a trade term it referred to both painted and printed cloths)

Kali A gored panel

Kalioyndar Paijama A wide bottomed paijama made up of several panels

Kameez A tunic

Kanchala – Kundal A type of earing

Kanchli A sleeveless bodice worn in Western India

Kanni A complex weaving technique originating in Kashmir (known in the West as the double twill-tapestry technique)

Khadi Fabric made of handspun yarns, symbol of India’s fight for Independent

Kurta A loose, stitched garment worn by men and women, most commonly described as a tunic (also known as a kameez)

Kurti A short kurta usually worn by women a type of grass fiber)

Lahariya A pattern in which diagonal wavy stripes are formed by the fold-resist dyeing technique of the same name

Lehnga A skirt

Libaas An ensemble or dress

Mashru A medium weight wrap faced satin or twill fabric with silk wrap and cotton weft

Minakari Coloured enamel jewellery, borders or butis woven with different coloured silk to give the appearance of enamel

Mothra A criss-cross pattern obtained through fold-resist dyeing in woven fabrics the term

Moti A bead or pearl

Mulmul Cotton, usually in reference to Indian muslin, particularly the muslin woven in Bengal

Odhini A veil, usually 3m x 1m, worn by women with a ghaghra, kurti and kanchli, it covers the head and the right shoulder, is drawn across the body and either tucked into the waistband or left hanging in front

Pagri The common term for a turban

Paijama Drawstring trousers worn by men and women with many different styles

Paithani Cotton and silk sari produced in Paithan

Pallav The decorative border at one or both ends of a length of fabric usually of a sari, odhani or patka

Pashmina The wool made from the fleece of the underbelly of the rare Tibetan wild mountain goat

Patti A border or edging

Peshwaz A long high-waisted gown

Phulkari Folk embroidery typical of the Punjab

Poncha The ankle opening of a paijama, usually the salwar, which is often quilted or ornamented with decorative stitching

Purdah The practice of sequestering women, the flap of fabric in the angarkha that covers the chest, the pieces of fabric used to make up the cups of a choli

Sari An unstitched length of fabric up to 9 yds in length and 18 to 60 in width with a decorated end panel draped in a wide variety of styles

Shatoosh The fleece of the tibetan chiru antelope that is spun and woven into fine shawls

Shal A shawl

Salwar Paijama A baggy style of paijama tapered at the ankle worn mainly in the Punjab, Afghanistan and African garment

Shervani A formal knee-length coat fitted to the waist

Sinjaf The facing inside the hem of a garment

Sitara Tiny metal discs, often of gold or silver with a tiny hole at the centre

Tanchoi Figured silk with multiple supplementary weft threads, that create a heavy densly patterned fabric

Teej A festival celebrating conjugal love, held in Northern and western India in The month of Shravan

A forehead ornament also used to refer to a bindi

Metal discs used in zardozi embroidery

A cap

A type of wild silk made in Eastern and Central India from hand spun yarns

Tikki / Tikki Embroidery Metal discs used in zardozi embroidery


Zardozi Gold thread embroidery using metallic elements and threads, sometimes mirrors, precious or semi precious stones

Zari metal wrapped yarn used for zardozi embroidery

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Clothing In India

Posted by albanyfashions on April 30, 2010

Clothing in India varies widely and is closely related to local culture, religion and climate.

Traditional Indian clothing for women are the sari or the salwar kameez and also Ghaghra Cholis (Lehengas). For men, traditional clothes are the Dhoti, Lungi or Kurta. Bombay, also known as Mumbai, is one of India’s fashion capitals. In some village parts of India, traditional clothing mostly will be worn. In southern India the men wear long, white sheets of cloth called dhoti in English and veshti in Tamil. Over the dhoti, men wear shirts, t-shirts, or anything else Woman wear a sari, a long sheet of colourful cloth with patterns. This is draped over a simple or fancy blouse. This is worn by young ladies and woman. Little girls wear a pavada. A pavada is a long skirt worn under a blouse. Both are often gaily patterned. Bindi is part of the women’s make-up. Indo-western clothing is the fusion of Western and Subcontinental fashion. Churidar, Dupatta, Gamchha, Kurta, Mundum Neriyathum, Sherwani are among other clothes.

* 1 Women’s Clothing
* 2 Men’s clothing
* 3 Modern fashion in India
* 4 References

Women’s Clothing

The traditional style of clothing in India varies with male or female distinctions. This is still followed in the rural areas, though is changing in the urban areas. Girls before puberty wear a long skirt (called langa/paawada in Andhra) and a short blouse, called a choli, on top of it. Teenage girls wear half-sarees, a three piece set comprising of a langa, a choli and a stole wrapped over it like a saree. Women usually wear full sarees.
This painting by Raja Ravi Varma depicts several traditional styles of draping the sari

A saree or shari is a female garment in the Indian subcontinent.[1] A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff.[1] The sari is usually worn over a petticoat (pavada/pavadai in the south, and shaya in eastern India), with a blouse known as a choli or ravika forming the upper garment. The choli has short sleeves and a low neck and is usually cropped, and as such is particularly well-suited for wear in the sultry South Asian summers. Cholis may be “backless” or of a halter neck style. These are usually more dressy with a lot of embellishments such as mirrors or embroidery and may be worn on special occasions. Women in the armed forces, when wearing a sari uniform, don a half-sleeve shirt tucked in at the waist.

The salwar kameez is another form of popular dress for females. It consists of loose trousers (the salwar) topped by a long loose shirt (the kameez). It is often mispronounced as “salwar kameez” or simply “salwar”. It originates from the Muslim invaders from Turkey and Afghanistan. For a long time it was considered a “Muslim dress” but now has become popular all across India, as well as other South Asian countries. Due to its Muslim origin, it is very common in Pakistan and Afganistan. It is commonly worn with a narrow scarf called a dupatta, which is used to cover the head. The salwar kameez is most common in the northwestern part of India.
Girls wearing Gagra choli

The women of Rajasthan and Gujarat often wear colorful swirling skirts called lehenga, paired with a short bodice called a choli. If they must cover their heads, they do so with bright veils called odhani. Popular among unmarried women other than salwar kameez are Gagra choli and Langa oni.

Nowadays many of them have started wearing trousers and t-shirts as a result of the influence of westernisation.

Men’s clothing

The most common male attire consists of the dhoti and kurta, worn in most of the western and central regions. A sherwani is typically worn for special occasions, particularly in North India. Pakistani men wear salwar kameez, often in plain white cotton, and top the kameez with a dark waistcoat. The lungi (a type of wrap-around garment) is worn in many parts of India, but depending on the social practices of the region it may be restricted to indoor-wear only.

A kurta is a traditional item of clothing worn in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is worn by both men and women. They were traditionally worn with loose-fitting paijama (kurta-paijama), loose-fitting salwars, tight-fitting churidars, or wrapped-around dhotis;[2] but are now also worn with jeans.[3] Kurtas are worn both as casual everyday wear and as formal dress.

Modern fashion in India

Many aspects of Western fashion have become common among Indian men, particularly in the professional community. Horizontal stripes and plaids are common on casual business shirts, particularly among Indians in North America. Owing to growth of women empowerment and influence of western culture, nowadays most of the teen and adult girls in cities wear low hip jeans, low neck tops, tight jean trousers with salwar, half trousers, sleeveless T shirts etc. Women who hail from rural villages usually wear frocks and half sarees; boys normally wear a shirt and pants, whether formally or casually.

The modern Indian sense of fashion is infact highly screwed in the present form. The most accepted formal dressing for couples in formal occasions like parties and weddings is saree for the ladies and formal pants and shirts with suits in the winter for the men. While one is utterly ethnic and Indian the latter is very western and out of India.

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