Fashion Bytes – III

Kalamkari prints have taken the fashion industry by storm. The beautiful block-prints that originated in Andhra Pradesh are a designer’s delight. You can find them on sarees, kurtas, cholis, tops, and dupattas. No Indian woman’s wardrobe is complete without a kalamkari-adorned outfit. Despite, the Covid-19 situation, lot of developments seem to have taken place in the fashion industry. I noticed kalamkari prints seemed to have caught on with western outfits too. Dresses with kalamkari designs are fast becoming trendy and they look amazing.

Photo courtesy: Roshni Nair

My bestie Roshni Nair is the proud owner of a Kalamkari print-laden knee-length dress. The prints are very vibrant, they take away years from your look and make you look happy. The beige collars on Roshni’s outfit accentuate the beauty of the prints. The folds on the skirt look elegant and it helps that Roshni is tall and fit. The black footwear goes perfectly with the dress. Roshni accessorizes the look with a pretty smile.

The choker does not make much of a difference. Ethnic danglers would go well with the attire and a single bangle or bracelet or a loads of oxidised bangles on each hand would enliven the outfit. The sleek hairdo and make-up complete the look. Don’t miss the painted nails!

Girls! Would you want to add a dress like this to your wardrobe? Not a bad idea!

Fashion Bytes – II

Location courtesy: Chancery Pavilion

That’s my school buddy Sonali flaunting her shapely legs in a navy blue funnel-sleeved dress. The neckline is enlivened in style with a neatly done dori with white accents at the ends.

The pink wedges match with her shade of lipstick and contrast beautifully with the navy blue outfit. Sonali has rightly gone in for minimal jewellery. The pretty ear-drops and simple bracelet look chic not to forget the watch with the blue dial. Sonali managed to find the right shade of blue nail enamel to go with her blue dress.

The glasses look stylish. The sleek hairdo and beautiful smile complete the look.

Doesn’t she look like a diva?

Fashion Bytes – I

Image courtesy: Roshni Nair

It is my bestie Roshni’s birthday! Happy birthday Roshni 😊😊

That is a picture of Roshni in her birthday dress. Roshni is tall. The mustard Mastani suit with tree motifs perfectly complements her figure. Her flawless complexion and beautiful hair add to the look.

What is missing are the accessories. A pair of ethnic danglers would look swell. She could also stick an artistic bindi on her forehead. For her hands, Roshni could wear a dozen bangles on one. If her dangers are oxidized black, she could go for oxidized bangles. A stylish watch on her other hand would add to the style quotient.

To complete the look, Roshni could wear her mustard Mastani with black kitten heels.

The location is Roshni’s home. The Surya wall hanging adds to the radiance of the picture and throws in a lot of positive vibes.

On a lighter vein, if the wooden cabinet was in my house, each of those enclosures would have had a cat napping in there.

Dasara Doll Festival – IV

A brilliant display of dolls depicting Putrakameshti Yaga, a scene from the Indian epic Ramayana, is grabbing eyeballs at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. The heirloom dolls all of them more than a hundred years old belong to the family of Anu Vishweshwar, a relative of Sir M. Vishweshwariah, the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.

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Many, many, years ago during the Treta Yuga, the kingdom of Ayodhya was ruled by King Dashratha. He had three wives, Kausalya, the senior-most, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. The king was sad that none of the queens bore him any progeny and because of that the kingdom was without any heir.

On the advice of the royal priest Sage Vashishta and another sage Rishya Shringa, the king performed the Putrakameshti Yagna, a ceremony performed by childless couples to beget children.

After the ceremony was completed around a holy fire, there appeared Agni, the God of Fire with a golden bowl filled with Payasam, a sweet. King Dasharatha was asked to distribute the sweet to his three queens. In due course, the queens bore him children. Kausalya gave birth to the King’s eldest son who was named Rama, Kaikeyi’s son was named Bharata and Sumitra bore him twins Lakshmana and Shatrughana.

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In the picture, seated on the throne are King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya, on the left is Queen Kaikeyi with her maid and on the right is Queen Sumitra with her maid and a member of the royal family. Agni, the God of Fire, is in between the sages. In his hands is the golden bowl containing Payasam. The sage with grey hair is Rishya Shringa and the other sage is Vashishta.

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Anu Vishweshwar and a relative took almost 2 hours to dress up each of the dolls. The toughest part was wrapping the sarees all of them being Kanjeevarams. The full-length heavily brocaded sarees had to be folded to a suitable size to fit the dolls. Transporting them from her home to the venue was another task. She had to take care to cover them and avoid them getting shaken as that could disturb the dress and the jewellery. The pandal or ramp was created at the venue from scratch. The glittering jewellery was purchased years ago from Raja Market and the vicinity.

The dazzling display is on till 10th/11th of October and worth giving a visit.

Happy Dasara!