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Inspired by the Sacred Rivers ~ Ganga Jamuna Saris

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Have you ever wondered why we refer to some saris as the Ganga Jamuna saris? 

The sensuous yards of fabric in a sari, the way it falls and sways when draped, undoubtedly evokes the image of a flowing river. Perhaps, the river is symbolic of a woman’s beauty and depth, which gives it its feminine identity.

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Favourite Handwoven Saris ~ Sabita Radhakrishna Chooses

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Best handloom sareesWhen two handloom lovers get together, what is bound to happen? A special conversation, no doubt! Here Sabita Radhakrishna discusses her favourite sari choices with Pratibha Jain in a feature for Harmony-Celebrate Age Magazine. Enjoy the lovely photographs by Padma Paaduka!

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Gifting Blouse Fabrics ~ Then & Now

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Blouse fabrics chennaiI have lost count of how many blouse pieces I have received as well as given as gifts. Even today, when I visit my aunts and elder cousins, they gift me with a blouse piece along with cash. Last week, a newly-married couple visited us, and as they were leaving, I gifted the young bride the customary envelope with cash. Immediately, my mother-in-law enquired, “Where is the blouse piece? Don’t give just cash.”

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The Pinga Polka Sarees

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Pinga Song Polka SareesRight now, polka dotted saris are a hot number! One obvious reason is the exuberant Pinga song from Bajirao Mastani, wherein the curvaceous Deepika Padukone and the sultry seductress, Priyanka Chopra sport these gorgeous polka dotted saris.

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My Stylish Best Contest for Seniors

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They say 60 is the new 40—and silver is the new black! Indeed, with increased longevity and quality of life, India’s elders are putting their best foot forward, aiming to embrace their silver years not just with dignity but style and élan.   Here is an invitation for seniors (above 55 years) to share your best stylish photograph in a handwoven attire. The best entries stand a chance to get featured in Harmony-Celebrate Age’s upcoming 12th Anniversary Fashion Special issue. What’s more, you can also win attractive gift vouchers from Padma Paaduka - the Chennai store and online portal of...

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Padma Paaduka ~ At the Divine Lotus Feet

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The day of the Padma Awards! As we scroll down the list of Padma awardees, once again, the mind wanders into the word ‘padma’. The perfect name for the awards since they are given for ‘distinguished and exceptional achievements.’ This Sanskrit word meaning lotus is a symbolism for divine beauty and purity. The padma is associated with Gods and Goddesses, holding this enchanting bloom or resting on it, and also one of the eight sacred symbols of the Ashtamangal. As a spiritual seeker, one is asked to be like the lotus which means remaining untainted by the slush around it....

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The Soft Focus Effect in Bhagalpuri Tussar Sarees

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soft tussar sareesEver dressed to create a soft focus effect? You may wonder about this phrase 'soft focus' - one connected with photography lens. While looking through our Bhagalpuri Tussar collection, it suddenly struck us that we were looking at sarees with subtle hues and hazy, mystical beauty.

Easy to drape, these sarees gently flow into soft silhouettes, making one feel like a diva. Even the contrasts are subtle, not sharp.

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Weaving & Poetry with Sant Kabir ~ National Handloom Day

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Whose immortal songs resonate within us as a tribute to weaving? Who beckoned the Lord as the ultimate weaver and life as symbolizing the yarns and the weaves? Sant Kabir. The immortal poet, weaver, devotee and mystic who was a ‘julaha’ or weaver by profession. His much-much-much- loved poem on weaving ‘Jheeni Jheeni Beeni Chadariya’ is perfect in its mysticism and symbolism. We came across an intuitive post by Blogger Suja who gives a poignant analysis and translation of Kabir’s famous weaving poem. She says:“The poet (kabir) compares life to a woven wrap. ‘Subtly, delicately, He wove this wrap! What...

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The Saree Metaphor - Poetry

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Saree poemsBeauty creates metaphors for it cannot contain itself otherwise. Beauty spreads its wings through metaphors. "
I am ancient and yet I am young, I am seduction, mystery and lust, I am every woman's desire, I am 6 yards of wonder, I am – The Saree

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