Handmade, handwoven or handloom fabrics are good for Mother Earth, our climate and for the people – Hand weaving is an old traditional skill that has been passed down through generations. Using wooden looms and natural threads to create pieces of art inspired by culture and nature, the artistry and skill involved in handloom cotton fabrics is phenomenal. Handloom cotton throws printed in the kalamkari hand block fashion are beautiful artisan made artwork and are perfect for nature lovers.
Several million people make a living by hand weaving in India. Each region has its diverse ethnicity and the prints are inspired by regional colors and nature. Handlooms are powered by the person operating them, and do not use electricity so only 9-14 yards of fabric can be produced in a day. An old traditional skill that is disappearing fast we empower these artisans and tribal communities when buying garments made from handloom fabrics, helping families to stay out of poverty, and giving their children a good education.
Handloom Khadi cotton is gorgeously natural and beautiful in its rawness, yoga pants and tunics made from these breathable cotton fabrics carry the beautiful creative energy of the weaver. Fabrics woven by hand have a natural color variation giving a uniqueness to the cloth. Going back to the roots and the times of our grandparents where everything natural reigned supreme.
Using sustainable and eco friendly fabrics is my motto, recycled sari wrap skirts, sari silk caftans, boho hand embroidered maxi dresses, and artisan made clothing are beautiful in their feel and good for the earth. The excruciating impact that fast fashion has on environment and humans is not something I want to encourage so I try to stay with natural and handmade clothing.
Ethical fashion creates culture inspired, unique pieces of garments such as chikankari tunics and kashmiri embroidered lounge kaftans, empowering women and providing sustained employment to artisans who weave magic with their fingers. Handcrafted by women artisans using old world fabric techniques like block printing, tie dye and kashida embroidery our cotton caftans and loungers are unique one of a kind pieces of art.
Kashmiri embroidery also known as Kashida embroidery is a unique form of art, carrying the true ambiance of the beauty of the paradise state of Kashmir. The exquisite painstaking detailed needlework that involves a single long stitch to create the intricate beautiful design was worn by the royals on fine muslin and silks robe, making Kashmiri embroidery an aristocratic fashion statement. Pastel color palettes or bright jewel tones the artisans aimed at merging or contrasting the thread with the base color to create a phenomenal effect. Kashida embroidery motifs take inspiration from the beautiful valleys of Kashmir and feature maple leaves, lotus blooms, birds and vines.
Colour is the first thing other people notice about us, and its impact is immediate and long-lasting. Our fashion colour choices say a lot about the image we are trying to portray and how we feel about ourselves. So what does colour tell people?
Within seconds of meeting you, others will respond to the 'colour messages' flashed by your clothes. It is a fact that different colours can make people feel a certain way. It has even been determined by medical science that colour can influence the viewer's hormones, blood pressure and body temperature. Colour also has an impact on:
- Your apparent shape;
- Your apparent weight;
- Your apparent personality;
- Your emotions;
- Others emotions.
Other important considerations are how appropriate the colour is for the location, occasion, time of year, your age and of course, your natural colouring.
We are all influenced by colour every day, whether we realize it or not. If we're having a bad day and not feeling good about ourselves, we tend to automatically choose clothes in dull neutral colours like black, grey or brown because they match how we're feeling. Just as when we're happy and feeling great we will go for something a bit brighter.
Have a look in your wardrobe and see how many different colours you own. Do you have a veritable rainbow of outfits? Or are there just 1 or 2 colours that you wear a variation of all the time? You may find you are stuck in a colour rut. Knowing this, why not experiment with the colours you wear and surround yourself with.
The first rule is to always be guided by what suits your natural colouring - that is your skin tone, eye colour and hair colour. Once you know your best range of colours, you can choose different colours for different occasions.
Sometimes a certain combination of colours will create the affect, rather than each colour individually. Colours produce different reactions when put together in different colour combinations and when used in different fabrics. For example, a red jacket worn with a white shirt to a business meeting exhibits confidence and power, but a red jacket worn with a lacy red top may be interpreted as you having other things on your mind besides this business meeting.
So which colours are appropriate for what situations? Which colours can help you portray a certain image?
Here is a list of colours for woman that are ideal for a whole range of occasions:
- Blue-based reds: Suggests intelligence and femininity.
- Yellow-based reds: Energetic colour that keeps conversations going (Men are inherently attracted to yellow-based reds - a great colour for a first date)
- Purple: Stirs the senses and generates passion - great for creative endeavours
- Turquoise: puts other women at ease, encourages them to open up
- Lipstick red: implies strength and authority
- Medium blues: a calming colour that allows interactions to go smoothly
- Browns: non-threatening, stable, supportive and reliable (great for meetings with colleagues or clients)
Remember, the most important thing is to choose colours that are a good fit for your natural colouring. There is no point choosing a colour that suggests creativity and confidence if it also makes you look washed out or sick.
Wearing your best range of colours can have a huge impact on your wardrobe and your confidence. The right colours can make your skin tone appear more even, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles and make you look brighter and healthier. While on the other hand wearing a colour which isn't so good for you, can make you look tired, dull and even ill. A colour analysis with a professional image consultant will show you exactly which range of colours are best for your clothing, makeup and accessories.
Once you know your best colour range, you can experiment with colour, choosing different colours to portray a different image or to have a certain impact on others.
Our fashion colour choices tell the world a lot about us. Knowing how to use colour to your advantage can change the way you dress and boost your self-confidence.