Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Saris In Indian Subcontinent

The Sari

The sari is the traditional garment of an Indian woman. It is an unstitched piece of cloth, which varies from five to nine yards in length and can be worn in different styles. A sari is worn over a petticoat and a short-sleeved midriff-baring blouse. The most popular style of wearing a sari is by tucking one end into the petticoat at the waist while a major portion of it is pleated neatly and tucked in the front. The rest of the sari, which is known as the pallu or pallav is taken over the left shoulder. The pallu is the most fascinating and striking feature of a sari, it is often heavily embellished with woven motifs or embroidery.
However, this authentic Indian garment has lost some of its popularity as daily wear in the recent past. The western outfits have made an inroad into the Indian woman’s wardrobe due to a shift towards rapid globalization and emerging corporate culture. Today, women prefer to wear clothes that offer ease of movement in addition to style. Also, with the boom in the retail industry Indians have a wider variety of options to pick and choose from and women are being increasingly seen in designer outfits western style outfits.

The Saris of Indian Subcontinent:

This elegant drape of India comes in varied textures and styles. For most formal occasions one finds women both the middle-class and the elite looking their best – in a graceful sari! The materials may vary from crisp cottons, rich silks to synthetics and chiffons, but the final overall look is simply elegant and matchless.

Some familiar regional styles of wearing a sari:

Shantipur, a small town situated in the Nadia district of West Bengal is famed for its fine cotton saris. These saris are woven on the looms by the taantis (weavers) of the town and come in soft colours. Once upon a time, the Shantipuri dhuti (the rectangular piece of unstitched garment for men) were preferred by all Bengali bridegrooms and their relatives.

Bengali Sari:

In the traditional Bengali style, the sari is draped around the body without pleats and the pallu is left loose by hanging over the left shoulder often with a bunch of keys attached to it. The earlier generations of Bengali women preferred the style because of its sheer simplicity and utmost comfort.

Dhakai Sari:
The dhakai jamdani sari originated in the region now known as Bangladesh and is made with superior quality cotton. It was originally woven as the legendary dhakai muslin and woven with beautiful, eye-catching patterns.

Tangail Sari
Tangail is a district in what is today known as Bangladesh. The traditional tangail saris have borders with the lotus or a lamp pattern. These are now being made in the Phulia district of West Bengal.

Maharashtrian Sari: 
A nine-yard sari called the nawwadi is the traditional style very similar to the men’s dhoti. The pleats of the sari are placed between the legs and tucked in the centre back. Fisherwomen in the coastal regions of Maharashtra still wear a nawwadi and well, it is worn without a petticoat!

Nivi/Madrasi Sari:
This style is very similar to the Maharashtrian nawwadi or the nine-yard sari. The pallu is quite long and wrapped around the waist and tucked in.

Gujarati Sari: 
The Gujarati woman sports a distinctive style, as she wears a sari with a neatly pleated pallu brought in front over the right shoulder with one end tucked around the waist to the left.

Banarasi Sari:
These saris are made of finely woven silk and have intricate designs done in golden thread (zari). Benarasi saris are relatively heavy and worn by Indian women on important occasions. The trousseau of any Indian bride is deemed incomplete without the customary red Benarasi sari. In fact in most states the Benarasi is the sari that the bride wears for the wedding ceremony.

Baluchari Sari:
The Baluchari sari of Vishnupur in West Bengal is made of silk and woven on special looms. The borders and pallu of the sari are very striking because of its use of intricate thread work to depict stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Chanderi Sari:
Chanderi, a small town located in Madhya Pradesh has long been famous for its hand woven sarees. Silk or cotton is used to make a chanderi which is combined to create beautiful saris with artistic borders that are practically weightless. They generally have a rich gold border and the exclusive ones have gold checks with butis (round shaped motifs) all over.

Pochampally Sari: 
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Pochampally is famous for its rich saris in both cotton and silk incorporating traditional ikat weaves. Ikat is the name given to a weaving technique which makes use of the tie-dye process. In this method, the yarn is first dyed and then sent for weaving.

Paithani Sari
In Maharashtra, a woman’s wardrobe is deemed incomplete without the inclusion of the Paithani of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad. The hand-woven silk sari comes with an ornamented pallu with zari work and is considered to be a collector’s item. The style of the sari is characterized by the pallus with peacock designs and exclusive motifs such as flowers, fruits and birds.

Taant Sari
The word literally means ‘made on the loom’, Taant is the traditional sari of Bengali women in India. Popularly known as Bengal cotton, taant is hand-woven in various districts of West Bengal. These saris come in a variety of colours with simple yet beautiful designs.

Kantha Sari:
Literally speaking, kantha is a style of embroidery that uses the simple running stitch which is nothing but passing the needle in and out of the fabric to produce beautiful floral or abstract patterns. Did you know that it all started as a form of recycling of old cloth to produce the traditional quilts and bedspreads made from old saris and large pieces of used cloth. This type of embroidery was an art practiced by Bengali women in their spare time. In the small town of Bolpur in West Bengal, famous for producing saris with kantha embroidery, each sari is a labour of love, taking a long time to complete, as much depends on the skill and precision of the artisans.

Dhonekhali, and Begumpuri are other popular styles of saris made on handlooms in Bengal. Dhonekhali is known for its stripes and checks. Bengal being a coastal state, the fish is a much loved and commonplace motif. Consequently Dhonekhali sarees often depict rows of fish running across in horizontal stripes throughout the piece of textile. Over the years, the distinctive patterns have merged as weavers started experimenting with various combinations of design and yarn, so much so, it is now difficult to distinguish between the various styles, unless one is an expert on texture.

Kanjeevaram Sari:
 These are considered to be the most spectacular and exclusive silk saris of India. The little town of Kancheepuram near Chennai has been making these saris for over 400 years. Woven in brilliant colours and the designs Kanjeevarams are influenced by the paintings in the Pallava temples and palaces. The most striking characteristic of a Kanjeevaram is its zari ( thread made of fine gold or silver) work done on pallus and borders of the sari. Not surprisingly, the more the zari work the more expensive will be your Kanjeevaram! In recent times, Kanjeevarams are being experimented with patterns from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Bhagwad Gita.

Mysore Silk Sari
Mysore silk saris of Karnataka are famous for their traditional designs and colors. The zari work on the pallus and borders add to the sophistication and elegance of these saris. Mysore silk saris are considered to be very durable and can be washed and worn as often as required.

Maheshwari Sari: 
Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, this sari has a natural sophistication that is difficult to match. The speciality of these saris is its unique striped and chequered patterns on silk and cotton fabrics. The pallu of a Maheshwari sari bears five stripes, three coloured and two white.

Narayanpet: Narayanpet, a small town in Andhra Pradesh is a significant sari manufacturing centre. These saris come in both silk and cotton and are well known for their gorgeous zari borders with rudraksh (a special type of fruit) motifs. The pallu in these saris are very attractive with alternating coloured bands.

Venkatgiri Sari:
Venkatgiri is a small town in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Known for its fine cotton saris which go by the same name, it is a perfect wear for the Indian summer. The main characteristic of these saris are their beautiful jewel-like colours.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Men Hair Styling Products

Men's hairstyles continually evolve with new trends. Just like the shoes and clothes you wear, the way you style your hair says a lot about your sense of fashion and personality. However, before you decide on your next hairstyle, or if you simply want to change your current look, read on to find out what these hairstyling products can do for you. Each of these products form distinct textures and styles for various hair types. Discover which products can better help you achieve the hair you've always wanted.


This hair styling product is fabulous both for wet and dry hair. If you want to have a long lasting effect you might use it on dry hair, you'll be able to shape your strands more easily.

However if you sport a wet shiny hairdo, you'll find it extremely useful when keeping the flapper look for longer. Mousse matches each hair texture from the extra-dense to the thin one. Mousse is perfect for medium shaggy hairstyles. Opt for high-quality ones to avoid torturing your strands with stickiness and damage.


Highly recommended for pretty short to medium length hair, due to its strong effect. It can help you in styling your hair as well as fixing it for a longer period of time. Contrary to gel it will leave you with a natural effect, messy looks can be achieved in no time with it.

Dip your fingers in it, then rub it gently into your hair. Take care of the quantity, use only a small amount for a neat look.


The majority of men use this hair styling miracle extremely often. Indeed it can give volume and definition to curly as well as super-sleek hair.
The good quality of the gel will also guarantee proper moisturizing and basic conditioning to the follicles.
Use the proper amount of it to rub it into your strands. Thick hair works perfectly with gel, however those with ultra-thin hair should avoid it.

In case you want it glowing, let your hair dry naturally, or if you use it only for styling, blow dry your hair leaving no visible sign of using it.
Gel will protect your hairdo from extreme weather conditions as well. Humidity and strong wind won't be able to spoil your groovy hairstyle. Moreover wetting your hands can refresh the effect of the gel and style your strands again during the day.

Hair Spray

Women use hairspray with huge pleasure, due to its effect to give extra-volume to their hair. Men can also enjoy the beauty of healthy looking and shiny strands.
Using hairspray is pretty easy, in fact it is considered the final streak to crown a fabulous hairstyle. Opt for those that have UV sunscreen protection these will save your hair from deterioration.

This works better than gel for fine hair since it won't weigh down your strands so easily, gorgeous for a messy look.
Apply it to dry hair not too close to your roots. Another advantage is that you don't have to dip your fingers into any chemicals.
One of the wildly used products on the hair care market. Avoid hairspray with penetrating scent, don't let it suppress the perfume of your cologne.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Cute Girl's Heir Style

There are some cute girl's heir style. You get help from These :)

Braid Overlay
3 v braids

Basket weave headband

Braids & multi level pony


Crimped Braided Pullback (7)

classic cut that’s perfect for her face shape

cool twist

Criss cross pig tails
Cute and easy

cute. Great tutorial.

double braided headband
Double pull thrus

Diagonal flip thrus

for elizabeth- primrose everdeen braids
For a little ballerina! So sweet.

dutch braiding 4 & 5 strands

Great website for doing little girls' hair
for longer hair - braided headband

Fun and easy-doing it.

Halloween hairdo!
interwoven braids

Honeycomb headband hairstyle tutorial
Linked Hearts Hairstyle
Lots of really cute hair ideas

Knotted Braid Pullback

Princess Piggies
Side Knots

Puffy braid piggies

Simple but very cute hairstyle
simple and gorgeous

side puffy braid with twist braid

The Braid-Wrapped Pony
simple, effective, easy

tight simple pullback
uneven braid side pony and a poof

Waterfall Braid Hairstyles

very interesting and easy to do