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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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Middlesex dental intern who has her own food charity in MISS ENGLAND HEAT FOR 2019

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Anika Walia, 23 is a Dental Intern from Middlesex and is one of the finalists competing in the first Miss England photo heat for entry to Miss England 2019. An interesting fact about Anika is that she has setup her own charity called the AFC (Anika Food Charity)

When entering Miss England , Anika said  “I’m proud to say that we distribute food to the homeless people, we act as a food bank for them and provide the necessary support & counselling to help them. We also provide classes to help people rehabilitate back into society such as CV writing classes & cooking classes. We also distribute toiletries, sanitary kits and dental kits to those who need it. At AFC, we strongly support women who have suffered from domestic violence, acid attacks, young people with learning disabilities & mental illness. “

The public vote has started and acts as one judge on the panel.Anika needs the support before voting lines close in order to secure a place in the Miss England semi-final held in June 2019.

Judges include the national organiser of Miss England Angie Beasley & Fascia Model  International Scout “Angie Sinclair” who will also decide who is the most photogenic & charitable.

The contestants who reach the semi final will be invited to participate in a Sports and Eco fashion round, where contestants are invited to create an outfit made from recycled materials as well as raising funds for the Miss World charity Beauty with a Purpose all now part of the competition.

“The competition is much more than a physical beauty contest, the girls are encouraged to be charitable, sporty and an all round good role model” says Miss England national director Angie Beasley

The ultimate winner of Miss England 2019 will be invited to raise awareness for various charities during her reign and will receive a whole host of prizes worth £25,000, including a holiday and a place in Miss World which boasts a prize worth $100,000 for the international winner.  Miss World then becomes a global charity ambassador for the year as her role. 

In the last three years over thousands of pounds have been raised by Miss England contestants to help disadvantaged children around the UK. Some of the projects can be seen on the Miss England website ;

The reigning Miss England Alisha Cowie from Newcastle is a forensic science student and part time model. Alisha represented England at the most recent Miss World in Sanya China which was won by Miss Mexico “Vanessa Ponce De Leon”

Miss England is the only competition in the country to send its winner in to Miss World.

Anika needs your support to help win the Miss England Semi Final heat title.

You can vote for Anika by texting her unique number which is on

Our website to 63333.

Text votes costs 50p.

You can share your love & support by voting me through SMS MISS PHOTO01 to 63333

*T & C: Only UK People can Vote.

Voting finishes on Monday 5th February 2019 at 12noon and the public vote will help select the shortlist of contestants for the semi final. The contestants also have until this date to raise funds for Beauty with a Purpose and gain support in the public vote to help them with their bid to reach the semi final of Miss England.

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Five must-have jacket styles

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New Delhi, Dec 29: Confused about choosing the right jacket for different occasions and outings? Get these five jacket styles to upgrade your wardrobe.

Tabby Bhatia, Director of Voganow.com, and Manjula Gandhi, Chief product officer, Numero Uno, have some suggestions:

*Trucker jackets: Trucker jackets are a denim/jean jacket version with double breast flap pocket style. Hand-painted embroidered designs, beads, braid embellishments and patches on the back of these jackets look funk

*Blouson jackets: A blouson jacket or Harrington jacket is typically loose, but fits around the waist with an elastic fabric. It looks similar to bomber jacket but comes in varied styles; in zippers, buttons and different collar patterns.

*Anoraks or Parkas: Anoraks or parkas are somewhat similar. These are water resistant jackets although a parka is usually longer than anoraks with faux fur lining on the hoodie.

*Biker jackets: Leather biker jackets have lots of zippers, straps and buckles around. Biker jackets are perfect to go along for outings and road trips. It gives an entirely different look from other jacket styles. Black is the ideal colour to pair with a white T-shirt, black jeans, black high ankle shoes and shades.

*Bomber jackets: It gives a perfectly dapper look when paired with basic tees and jeans. It keeps you warm yet stylish in winter. They are available in different fabrics like synthetic, leather, polycotton and suede.

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Ways to revamp your closet in 2019

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Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key. (Representative Image)

New Delhi, Dec 29: The year 2019 will be a season of contrasts as all the previous fashion rules will be broken. Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key.

Harkirat Singh- Managing Director, Woodland, Ankita Bajaj Shankar- Marketing Lead, VANS India and Keshav Kalra- designer and CEO, The Monk list some ways to revamp your closet in the coming year.

Untraditional aesthetics: Following are some of the untraditional aesthetic trends that would be the talk of the town for the coming year. Like heat lock apparels which are lightweight fabrics with micro fibre to regulate the body temperature. Aqua sorb apparels which block rain & snow and allow vapours to dry the heat.

Upcoming trends: This year, oversized, unstructured outerwear will rule the trend. From classic and fitted to unstructured and modern, tracksuits will become a major fashion staple. The trousers will become baggier as hemlines will get wider. This season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up head-to-toe in layers and tiers upon tiers of same shade. Be it apparels, shoes or bags, this trend will work well in all cases. In accessories, statement belts will be seen everywhere.

Say hi to big sunnies: The eyewear trend that is bound to transform your entire look is big sunnies in edgy colours! The narrow sunglasses have stayed in vogue massively this year and 2019 will witness a stylish comeback of large glares. The oversized sunglasses are designed to accentuate any look and never go out of style in the age of ever-changing trends. Get your hands on the trendsetting sunglasses to be an ultimate head-turner wherever you go.

Meet minimalistic: The perfect companion in 2019 for any occasion would be the all-time favourite – minimalistic glasses owing to their versatility and charming appeal. So wait no more! Bid adieu to your mundane shades and let your eyes do the talking with ‘barely-there’ shades.

White sneakers: White men’s trainers are a must if you want to wear something sporty yet trendy. One could argue that they get dirty but they go with everything and the colour gives us the option to play with it when you play with winter layering.

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