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Keep it classy with Kasavu

Onam fashion wasn’t a rage a couple of years ago. Though wearing Onakodi is an inevitable part of Onam, it was only restricted to buying a new dress as part of the celebrations. However, our affinity towards the Kasavu saree and Mundum Neriyathum for ladies and Kasavu mundu for gents always persuades us Malayalis to buy them, especially for festivals like Onam and Vishnu.

The fact of the matter is that Kasavu saree or Mundum Neriyathum were not attires that were related only to festivals. A two-piece handwoven garment with thin borders (kara), Mundum Neriyathum used to be a daily wear for Malayali women. To make the attire look a bit lavish, the karas were woven with silver or golden threads. Mundum Neriyathum with golden kara, during those times, were worn for wedding functions or other special occasions only.

As fashion changes, various trends have surfaced in the market. People have adopted what is suitable for them in terms of comfort. As a result, Kasavu sarees and mundu come out of the closets only during festivals like Onam and Vishu.

Even though people prefer wearing Kasavu clothing to showcase tradition, an element of freshness is demanded by the customers. Therefore, Kasavu fashion has evolved a lot in past few years.

Sajani Pallath, fashion designer and owner of Saveri Boutique, in a telephone interview gave a detailed explanation on how Kasavu fashion has evolved.

“The saying that simple and classy things never go out of fashion is apt for our Kasavu clothes. As a fashion designer, I always feel that a Kasavu saree or Mundum Neriyathum makes a Malayali woman look very beautiful and enhances her beauty to a next level. Gents too look very classy yet stylish when they wear mundu teamed with a shirt or Kurta. The major change that Kasavu fashion has undergone is in the width of the border. The thin border has evolved into borders of various widths.Those mixed with coloured borders are also liked by everyone. Teaming it up with a blouse that is of the same colour as the kara, accentuates the look of the entire attire. All kasavu clothes available in the market nowadays are also no longer handwoven. With this change, set mundu and sarees made in tissue fabric has become a rage. Since tissue as such has a golden touch to it, adding any fashion element to it, be a painting, embridery or handwork makes it look more beautiful and elegant.

“For last two years, teaming the set saree or set mundu with a brocade blouse was in fashion. But with different low-quality brocade materials coming up in the market, many have refrained from that trend this year. Attaching an extra broad border of materials like kalamkari and ikat against the golden border is trending this Onam season. The blouse too is made with the same material. While kalamkari was already in fashion, customers this season have approached us with a demand of making handmade kalamkari paintings on the borders,” says Sajini, adding that these are just the basic things that both college students as well as middle-aged women prefer.

According to her, college students are mostly inclined towards Kasavu skirt and blouse, lehengas and anarkalis, as wearing saree or set mundu can be a hindrance during celebrations. However, she adds that college-going girls who prefer the saree are equally high in number.

“Giving the blouse a trendy and rich look is what girls love. Different type of blouses in velvet, organza, chiffon, silk, etc. are in demand. Hand embroideries are also demanded by those who want to give their attire a unique look. Another section prefers hand paintings, which are also done on the saree or set mundu along with the blouse, so that they complement each other. Mural paintings are equally preferred by gents and ladies. These days, motifs are trending and both ladies as well as gents prefer elephant or mural motifs on the sarees and mundus that gives a festive feeling yet can also be worn for other occasions as well. Those who love lehengas and anarkalis have come up to me this season and have asked me to deliver something different. They have asked me to give it an element of Onam, which could be anything like an element of pookalam, pulikali, and even sadya,” adds Sajini, stressing on the fact that people, irrespective of their age, like to experiment with various trends.

The jewellery preferences as she puts it has also changed and people like to wear silver jewellery with Kasavu costumes. The silver and golden combination gives a very trendy-yet-traditional look.Read more at:evening gowns | bridesmaid dress


How to make your own herbal care for beautiful skin

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As the humid monsoon weather persists, there’s need to take extra care of your skin, as humidity can clog up the pores and cause dirt and grime to tick on the skin, leading to skin problems such as blackheads, acne and pimples.

Learn to make your own herbal skin care products and use them regularly for smooth, radiant skin. The ingredients are affordable and effective. Follow the tips given below.

Sandalwood and fuller’s earth paste: With this pack, get rid of pimples, acne, blemishes, dark spots, dark circles, pigmentation and other skin flaws. This pack is packed with anti-ageing properties, giving a healthy glow and shine to the skin.

Tips: Take one tsp pure sandalwood powder. Add two tsp fuller’s earth. Add five to six tsp rose water. Make a fine paste. Apply on face and neck. Wash off after half an hour.

Aloe Vera: The water filled tissues in the leaves work wonders to moisturise the skin, prevent wrinkles, reduce acne and inflammation, lighten the blemishes and revitalise the skin.

Tips: Cut one leaf. Wash it. Split it. Extract the pulp. Rub it on the face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes. It’s that simple and easy to do

Potato and tomato juice: Get glowing and soft skin with this combination. It soothes sun burns, attacks premature wrinkles, removes dark circles, diminishes blemishes, shrinks the open pores and finishes off with a good moisturiser.

Tips: Take one tbsp cold potato juice. Mix it with one tbsp tomato juice. Apply on face and neck. Keep it for half an hour before rinsing off.

Cucumber and lemon juice: The fresh juice of these two vegetables brightens the skin. With regular use, glow and fairness will take over dullness and darkness. Embracing these natural ingredients, dark under eye circles will fade away quickly.

Tips: Take one table spoon lemon juice. Add one tbsp. cucumber juice. Apply on face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes.

Raw milk and honey: Tone your skin with this face mask. It will gently scour off dead cells, dirt and pollution from deep inside your skin pores.

Tips: Mix one tsp of raw milk with one tsp of pure honey together: Coat a thin layer on your face and neck. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water if the skin is oily and normal tap water if the skin is dry.

Besides these herbal treatments, keep your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.Read more

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Teens’ wearable art creations an extravagant fashion statement

The Southern Vales Christian College students spent about six months “building” their tea bag and garden gowns as part of their Year 12 art studies.

Their hard work paid off, with the pair placing first and second at the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards state finals last week in the society and environment wearable arts category.

Emerald says stories of young Indian girls being taken from their homes and forced to work in dire conditions at tea plantations inspired her dress.

She wondered if these girls dreamt of being a princess, just like she did as a young girl.

Her Edwardian-style garment is made of tea-stained calico and recycled fabric adorned with layers of used tea bags to create a lace effect.

A China setting on a wooden shelf is hidden under the material.

“I did a few different designs,” Emerald, 17 who is based at the college’s Aldinga campus, says.

“Originally I was going to do the dress short but that didn’t really fit with the Victorian style.”

Elizabeth took a different approach, instead trying to make the audience consider the disappearance of backyards as a result of urbanisation.

Her gown has a fitted bodice with a tiered geometric wooden frame covered in grass mesh, curtain material and synthetic moss.

But it is the plants resting on the wooden frame, many of which are placed in cups filled with wet foam to keep them hydrated, that give the dress a special touch.

“It’s mostly made up of real plants,” Elizabeth, 18 who is based at the school’s Morphett Vale campus, says.

“We source them from the school gardens — there’s such a variety here.

“It started off with a lot of research and idea generation to see if anybody had done anything similar — there was lots of problem solving.

“The first probably month was just trialling to see how we were going to pull this off.”

The girls will travel to WA to compete in the national finals on October 21.

They are glad they are going together — mostly because they can help each other “shimmy” into the dresses, which they say are difficult to walk in because of their wooden shelves.

“I’m excited but quite nervous,” Emerald says.

“The competition was so good in Adelaide, I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like in WA.”Read more at:formal evening dresses | cocktail dress australia

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