Friday, August 19, 2011

Fash Bash - Kalamkari

Are you ready for one more fashion extravaganza. Much had been said and written about the wonderful art of  ’Kalamkari’ – the pride of Andhra :-).  A hint from Divya of Soundhornplease inspired me to do this post today. The Fashion week Winter/ Festive 2011 is in full swing and let us look at some all time Kalamkari classics in the fashion world.
Nishka Lulla an young designer took  to them in the ongoing fashion week in her ready to wear dresses for the more modern crowd.  Though not my style, if the art can reach larger audience and thereby encourage the artisans  to keep this excellent art form alive, the effort is appreciated.


My all time favorite Asmita Marwah already in 2008 made the whole fashion world go gaga over her classical, yet modern timeless creations






Ritika Mittal is a god sent angel to handlooms and handmade art forms.   Look at these creations and gorgeous pallus from her .  


I love these sarees too. Available at sakhifashions.com

Kalamkari sarees had been a rage for the past few years especially in Andhra and I pride this one in my wardrobe where stories have been weaved into the border. It's a pity the photographs did not capture 1/100th of its elegance. Click on the pictures to see them better :-).





Have a nice weekend.

Picture credits : Hamara photos, miss malini, roupspace, Greensurf, Sakhi fashions , Mora by Ritika mittal, Bharat Student.  The last 5  are mine :-)

30 comments:

  1. LOVED your SAREE Shanti...omg that is a heirloom piece...wear it with lots of love and enjoy the lovely tradition...

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  2. Wonderful, Shanthi! I love Kalamkaris. Last visit I got a henna green saree with a Kalamkari border saree. I will look around for more some other time. The faces of the Gods, are so beautiful and serene. Thanks for this wonderful upload.
    My3

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  3. I read this post on my google reader app on the phone as soon as I got your email, but now finally found time to sit down and give my eyes a visual treat again! I'm so glad I hinted!! I ended up discovering so many more pics than the ones I forwarded! Your saree is gorgeous! I have similar one in maroon :) Oh and I bought several of the kalamkari applique patches on my last visit home- I was creatively stuck on what to do with them- no longer!

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  4. ...and yes this time trip to India, i will keep my eyes open for a kalamkari saree...:-)

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  5. And give me Asmita Marwah and Ritika over Nishka Lulla ANY DAY!

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  6. Me too Asmita / Ritika any day over Nishka. Thanks for such lovely comments. I need to do more of fashion posts :-)

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    1. i am in love with kalamkari.while googling for it,came through your blog!!!kuddos to u...but still in wait for a kalamkari in my wardrobe:(

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  7. Oh lovely saris Shanthi! That red/black with the peacock pallu is stunning - 5th pic from the top! And your sari is gorgeous!

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  8. Wow, what wonderful eye candy, I so enjoyed that Shanthi. I love Kalamkari designs and your saree is gorgeous:)

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  9. Shanthi , beautiful post. love all the pieces but your Saree is gorgeous:)

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  10. I had to share the posts on FB...:-)

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  11. Ooh, love the fabulous dresses and saris. Yours is stunning too!

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  12. oh my.. the sarees are totally gorgeous!! Lovely!! Im not huge into fashion.. but these are striking.. and gorgeous!

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  13. at any given point, i have owned one kalamkari kurta. not much into sarees, but now u have tempted me

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  14. Your sarees are beautiful. I do have one saree in the same color as yours.
    Lovely collections.

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  15. very very beautiful and amazing sarees...

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  16. lovely collection. do you have a store shanthi?

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  17. Where can i find them in chennai?

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  18. I am not sure where in Chennai but you can find them with Ritika at http://mora.co.in/ and also at sakhifashions.com I am sure some designer boutiques in Chennai would be making them too :-)

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  19. Oh my, these are stunning kalamkari pieces!! What patterns and use of them.

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  20. I am a fan of kalamkari <3
    I loved your creativity.
    what is market for these products?

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