{N.A.M.A.S.T.E} Juanita



Hey folks!

Hope you are enjoying the Namaste series with fresh homegrown fashion from India. This shoot is special as its one of my favourite slow fashion brands i have been endorsing from the last one year. I have previously worn it here and here. Don't forget to check those posts and read about our featured designer Shubhda Priyam whose label "Juanita" dishes out elegant pieces in premium handwoven fabrics from Benaras  season on season . I cant recommend her classic pieces enough as its super easy to style them with accessories you may already have .

I shot this look with a frozen back as i couldn't make you wait more for the 3rd in this series . As i walked in this huge park, i kept changing between my flats and my heels to avoid strain on my back. With a snail's pace and my patient photographer , we finally shot this! Oh The things we do for the love of blogging! I am not a salwar kurta fan but when i saw this Chanderi silk piece i could imagine myself in this ! The fabric is gorgeous and the pants are chic so you can still it in a contemporary fashion with a belt as well. I really hope you like the concept and the styling . In this post i am wearing a T&J boutique Kundan set we combined for this look. Both the choker and the neckpiece are such beauties - if you follow me on instagram you remember voting a 100% for these pieces. I am in love with their craftsmanship . Do check their fabulous collection here. 






















 Till next time CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Namaste : Kapraha




In my next edition of Namaste, here's introducing another Home -grown label "Kapraha" by Anushree Saraf Pabuwal that is born from the idea of paying homage to the Rajasthani design culture of block printing . They use traditional techniques to create beautiful capsule collections.  One glance at their SS'19 collection and you'll fall for the serene palette of whites with accents of orange and teal. With the comfort of delicate muslins and the sheer elegance of chiffon  , this collection is a treat for sweltering summers and your eyes- see the collection for yourself to know what i mean - Click here !

This is what the brand says about their SS' 19 collection " NOUR". 


"Inspired by the rustic streets of Morocco to the ancient doorways of the Mughal Sultanate, we present 'Nour'- a ray of light, a collection that radiates in light muslin and pure chiffons- the fabric worn by Mehrunissa and Jahanara. The women of the Mughal empire dressed in 6 layers of chiffon with delicate embroideries.
'Nour' takes you back in time , leaving you calm and serene..much like the light winds that announce the coming of Summer."
















Peplum blouse - Kapraha | Pants- Inderooh | Earrings, Heels- Zara | Leather saddle bag- Dharavi market

----------------------Photography: Four Sixty photography | Edits- Me ---------------------------------

Stay tuned for the next label from "Namaste" series!


Till next time, CIAO...
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{F.A.S.H.I.O.N} Namaste : Inderooh







As a kid, i remember fabric vendors from villages coming to our home to sell those authentic block printed bedsheets and all the aunties around would gather to choose their favourites as they would come to sell only in the festive season  . Also, this means i must have spent my entire childhood sleeping in those never fading , never wearing bedsheets which had to be finally given away to the housemaids. Besides i also remember them selling block-printed kurta materials which mom would get stitched into stylish comfort wear.

And then what followed was the fad of fast fashion brands which became our most ambitious buys as newly working graduates. Fast forward 2019, i am slowly discovering my love for all things hand-made . There is something so real about clothing which is hand-printed - just like this beautiful Knot Wrap blouse from Inderooh . All products from Inderooh are hand-made & hand-printed in Jaipur on high quality cotton fabrics .

Owning a block-printed clothing is like owning a piece of art. This art form lost its lustre with the industrial revolution where similar designs could now be mass produced with less labour and within so little time.

I wanted to see how block printing really works and i found a story on their website. I was amazed how this art form is such a well-coordinated job where different skills are required at different levels to just arrive at one little block of design! I am not even going into the hand printing process yet.

The designer first creates a design complete with its colours . The design then moves on to "Block carvers" who meticulously translate this design on paper into a block of wood. Imagine such intricate patterns being carved into wood which in itself is a difficult skill. Once the block is ready - its then used to print outlines on the fabric and this can take a lot of time and precision as the placement of  block should be symmetrical. Once the outlines are printed - the next step is to fill color with the blocks which again requires precision as the color should coincide with the outlines.

With so much creative labour that goes behind block-printing , i can't help but jump into the sustainable fashion bandwagon with my vote for this beautiful art form. I hope we can continue to love and cherish the traditional art forms irrespective of our fast fashion consumption .




















Block-printed Blouse with a pink inner ( SIZE- S) , Pants ( SIZE L, a size bigger for me)  - *Inderooh | Baroque Pearl earrings - *T & J Boutique | Heels- Nine West

(  *Both brands ship internationally )

-----------------Shot by the talented Dalingcebo. Check out his work on instagram-----------------
                       
                            Gabriella's tea Room, Johannesburg
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TILL NEXT TIME, CIAO !


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