This weekend was quite eventful: I visited the International Fair Trade, the Jewelry Show, attended the Woman's day celebrations and one wedding party. This floral print black dress I wore to the Italian restaurant where the Woman's day was celebrated. The dress is from Wallis and I bought it two years ago. Still it is one of my favourites. I like the dress' simple cut, its bright floral print and of course the sleeves. They are partly made of chiffon and the chiffon's part is very wide and flowing and has slits.
Have wanted to dress like this for some time but had no right hat. And finally, I found it. It is from H&M and the good thing is that it is cotton, so I'll be able to wear it in local climate without my head being steamed. The animal print top is not a blouse and not exactly a jacket, but something in between. Usually I paired it with black full length pants but today I decided to wear this grey cropped pants.
Madras checks dress by Aneeth Arora
India has tremendously rich and varied textile traditions. Every technique has been practiced for centuries, with an instinctive sense of proportion, colour and harmony. Each of India’s states - and many of the villages within those states - has its own distinct designs and techniques with an instinctive sense of proportion, colour and harmony. These fabrics have been used for ethnic clothes for centuries but recently contemporary designers (and not only Indian) have shown interest in traditional textiles too and started using them in their creations. And now these vintage weaves fused with modern designs found their way on podiums and in fashionable boutiques. Here are a few examples.
According to Chinese zodiac 2014 is the year of the Horse. So I guess the blouse I'm wearing here is a very appropriate thing to have in one's wardrobe this year. Anyway, I bought it not as a talisman to bring me luck but simply because I liked the print.
Brooch with floral motif and butterfly, Kerala, India, c. 1853. Silver filigree. Victoria and Albert Museum
I believe everybody knows what filigree is. This kind of jewelry is created in many countries and each has its own distinctive features. In India it is called by Persian word tarakashi. In this delicate and time-consuming style of jewelry is made mostly from gold or silver wire here. It is amusing how relatively small amount of metal can be transformed into a surprisingly long length of wire. For example, one once (28.35 g) of gold can be drawn into a single hair-thin wire 35 miles (21.8 km) long. And this makes the filigree attractive to both jewelers and customers as a minimal amount of precious metal is needed to create beautiful pieces with a lacy appearance.