Designing

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My mother is a very creative lady. I admire her to the moon and back. She has always designed clothes for me and my sisters. Beautiful frill layered frocks to tops and shalwar khameezes. She even wore a lot of her own self designed clothes. She modified plain sarees and blouses. I remember she transformed a plain white shalwar khameez by hand painting it flowers with fabric paints!

I have always been fascinated by her work and wished I could do something similar. Inspired by her I attempted my first Saree and Blouse modification.

As part of our cultural tradition my parents have given me many designer sarees. Among the lot, my mom personally chose some plain georgette sarees for me.

I began with the Green one.

I bought a golden zari-work lace from the famous Lad Bazar of Hyderabad, India. It was a plain lace altered with a pattern of leaves and small flowers.

I bought golden stones and emerald stones along with Fevicryl Fabric glue. I stuck the emerald stones on the lace. As for the golden stones, I pasted them on the saree in a polka-dot fashion with exact measurement to give it a polished look.

 

It took me about three months to complete the entire saree, given that I worked for about an hour or two per day.

Next, I purchased an elastic shimmer velvet blouse from amazon. I used the remaining lace to transform it.

Since the Pallu, covers the front, I worked only on the sleeves of the front side. Using both the stones, I pasted flowers. The remaining portion of the lace were used as border/piping on the sleeves and lower back. The back side looked a lot plain. To give it a fancy look, I cut up individual patterns of the lace and pasted them in an organised manner.

The finished blouse looks like this:

 

I plan to wear this on a future ceremony in our house.

I have many more ideas and sarees and dresses to design or remodel. Will post them as I do them!

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Mehendi Mania

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I love mehendi designing. It’s a passion past-time for me lately. Daddy always told me, beti you should learn mehendi designing. I don’t remember why he wanted me to learn, but he wanted me to do it.
I have always adored the lovely ladies who constantly  applied it for me. First my mamma, then Seher Baji (my neighbour from Nagpur) and lastly a slightly arrogant neighbour aunty (she refused to teach the art of applying it). Others who spent their valuable time to apply it for me included my Fouzia Aunty, my cousin sis Ada, Arshiya Aunty, a girl named Nasreen opposite to my house. I mention all their names because to me, applying mehendi is an honour, a great art, and one of my biggest passion. In one way or the other I have looked upto them to do it myself someday. My lovely artistic sis Farheen, who is a creative genius, used to be the one who always took the initiative to try it herself.
Why I love mehendi?, I believe it has something to do with love and romance. Some sort of link with beauty and elegance. Of all the subtle ways I use to woo my hubby, mehendi is one of them. I hide his name initials in the design and he gets to guess it. A tiny moment of happiness for me watching him guess.
Anyway, so here I am on the path of mastering the art of mehendi. Some I design by myself,some are semi or whole replicas.
Whatever the case or occasion, it’s happiness to me…