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How to preserve timeless elegance of saris

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New Delhi, April 9: Whether it’s a Banarasi variety or the six-yard wonder in chanderi or tissue, saris need to be kept well to be preserved for years altogether, say experts.

Vineet Chhajer, Director, Vineet’s Sarees, suggests:

* For koras, organzas and chanderis:

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They should be rolled around tall wooden sticks wrapped in mulmul and stored flat beneath a stack of heavy saris. From time to time, refold them to avoid tears appearing along the creases. Never hang your koras and organzas in hangers for a long time.

 

* For tissue saris: It is always advisable to get your expensive tissue saris washed from Banarasi karigars. A normal dry cleaning can put crinkles in your tissues, whereas they wash them on long tables.

 

* Chiffon saris: They need more care than most other sarees.

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Whether or not to roller dry (charak) chiffons/georgettes depends on the individual’s taste. A hard roller-ironing removes the natural crinkle in expensive diamond chiffons. But often ordinary chiffons have no crinkles, so roller-ironing is a must to provide an artificial crinkle.

It is always advisable not to put sari pins with your saris, especially with chiffons. They shouldn’t be worn tightly as the cloth is very delicate. Don’t hang chiffons and georgettes with heavy embroidery or borders as with time, the weight of the work itself could tear the sari.

* Cotton sari:

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This variety can be washed at home or at a laundry depending on how much you have paid for them, how often you wear them and how passionately you feel attached to them. It is advisable to get your fancy cottons or cottons with zari dry cleaned. Colours like turquoise blue, shocking pink and black almost and always bleed and require special precautions when washed at home. Starch often kills a cotton sari’s longevity, but then the beauty of a cotton sari lies in its crisp look.

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As for preserving Banarasi silks, Weaverstory.com founder Nishant Malhotra has shared tips:

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* Wrap them carefully in muslin cloth as it will protect the sari from foul smell and unwanted dust.

* Don’t use metal hangers so that the saris don’t get corroded. In case you are not using hangers, stack it up one over another with ony one fold. Too many folds may lead to sticking up the weaves or the cloth, resulting in ruining a sari.

* Dry cleaning is preferred because detergents could ruin it. If dry cleaning does not come in handy, wash it with a mix of baby shampoo and a spoon of liquid daily detergent.

* Never dry the sari in direct sunlight unless you want to see the colours fade away.

* To remove hard stains, you could consider using petrol if you don’t go for dry cleaning. Acetone can be used to remove nail paint stains. To get rid of oil stains, rub talcum powder before washing it with a mild detergent.

* If you are willing to keep intact you heavy work saris, always fold them inside out.

* Using perfumes, deodorants or any form of fragrance directly on the sari may leave an non-removable stain. Hence, it is advised to spray a bit on your wrist.

* Always keep it in mind to iron your saris on low to medium heat. High heat may leave a patch.

* Avoid keeping naphthalene balls around it to avoid moths. Instead, use neem leaves over muslin cloth to keep it fresh and odour free.

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Indian fashion student bags international award

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New Delhi, Oct 12: Indian fashion design student Ashita Singhal has won the 2018 Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition Award for her business concept titled ‘Paiwand, a fashion company that upcycles textile waste from fashion designers and turns it into designer fabrics and clothing.

Dhawan, a postgraduate fashion design student of Indian fashion design institute Pearl Academy, received $25,000 as prize money to set up her business.

With ‘Paiwand’, Singhal aims to develop a collaborative movement which will transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry. The term ‘Paiwand’ means patchwork and Dhawan’s model will have a process which will create sustainable, quality work for its artisans.

Outshining 14 graduate teams and 16 undergraduate teams from different countries to bag the top spot, Singhal was lauded by the selection committee, for her entrepreneurship skills, passion for sustainability that was reflected in her work, good communication skills and business acumen.

Under Singhal’s business-to-business model, textile waste is collected from different fashion brands, design houses and artisans; cleaned and up-cycled to create a new fabric through the hand weaving process. The fabric is then sold back to the design houses and brands, which is further used by them to create a sustainable range for their clientele.

This is the second time in the last seven years that a student from Pearl Academy has won this award. In 2015, Kartik Verma, a Fashion Business Management student bagged this coveted award.

Singhal has thanked her faculty members for playing a crucial role in her success.

“Mentors were pivotal in fostering my deepening, life-long devotion to sustainability. The mentorship provided me with great insights for business research and helped me in building the business plan for McGuire. This award is a recognition of the efforts that I have put into this project and a confirmation that I am working in the right direction.”

Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy, said: “Ashita’s’ award is an acknowledgement of the fact that sustainable design can help change the world. I am proud of Ashita and her super set of mentors who have brought laurels to our country”.”

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Get festive look right with silver oxidised jewellery

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New Delhi, Sep 27: The much-awaited festive season is just around the corner and no celebration is complete without the ethnic silver oxidised look. It is versatile, unique and can be worn with western and Indian wear.

Jagrati Shringi, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Voylla, has a few tips:

* The pretty one: Pair a statement ear-cuff with a striking pendant necklace and a plain kurta.

* Pom-pom power: If you are planning to add a dash of youthful magic to your jewellery collection, pom-poms are your go to accessory. The ‘pom-poms on jewellery’ trend is fast catching up with trendy fashionistas.

Shweta Kumar Bembey, Head Beauty Boutique Category at AVON, also has some suggestions:

* Statement piece: Want to leave a lasting impression at your festive, office or family functions? All you need to do is pair up your outfit with a statement neckpiece and you’re good to go. Jazz up this look further by letting your gorgeous hair open.

* Bohemian beauty: If you are looking to nail the boho chic trend, this multi-layered piece is a definite must-have for you. Wear it for a fun evening out or for festivities and be the centre of attention.

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India, Pakistan share similar tastes, sensibilities: Designer Khadija Shah

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : Pakistani designer Khadija Shah, whose label Élan is making an India debut, finds both the neighbouring countries sharing the same taste and sensibilities along with similar culture and identities. She says she planned to bring the brand to India as it has received a love from here.

“India is a country with tastes and sensibilities very similar to Pakistan. We share similar culture, history and identities. Over the years, Élan has received a lot of love from India, from some getting in touch with us for couture and bridal wear, to others reaching us in markets like Dubai and Singapore for our ready to wear collections.

“To bring Élan to India was always the natural next step and I am happy to find we’re on our way to realizing that,” Shah told IANS in an email.

Established in 2006, Élan earned early success because of its intricately detailed and luxurious evening and bridal wear. After gaining popularity for its couture creations, the brand began to produce luxury prêt-a-porter, and is now known for its aesthetic, versatile silhouettes and detailing.

In addition to these lines, the brand also produces a range of unstitched fabrics, both within Pakistan and abroad.

Élan is coming to India through Vesimi, Dubai’s multi-designer store.

How important is the Indian market for the brand?

“As we look at international expansion and exploring markets, India remains one of the most prominent and relevant avenues for us. The fact that our ethos is very similar, and the population five times that of Pakistan, our attraction is obvious.

“Élan has lines catering across the spectrum from the very top to those more affordable to the masses and that gives the brand a lot of potential in a place like India which has a thriving and aspirational middle class and a finely attuned upper segment,” said Shah, who acquired her love for designing from her mother who used to design for family and friends for as long as she can remember.

After graduating from a college in London, Shah returned to Pakistan and initially started off by helping her mother with her work. Her mother, however, only did it as a hobby as she was busy with a lot of other work, whereas Shah wanted to pursue it on a much larger scale.

Their current plan is to establish a strong and consistent presence in India.

“I think it is very important to develop a contact point with customers, and that is what our immediate focus is. Once we have achieved that, we will work towards expanding and growing,” said Shah.

And will there be fashion week participation soon?

“Many a times I have been invited to participate. However, it has not come through as yet fundamentally due to prior commitments, timing issues and customs barriers. However, I would love to showcase a collection in India in the future,” said Shah.

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