Bindi : The Indian Sign Of Women

The bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows — a spot considered a major chakra point in the human body since ancient times. Also loosely known as ‘tika’, ‘pottu’, ‘sindoor’, ’tilak’, ’tilakam’, and ‘kumkum’, a bindi is usually a small or a big eye-catching round mark made on the forehead as adornment.

That Red Dot

In southern India, girls choose to wear a bindi, while in other parts of India it is the prerogative of the married woman. A red dot on the forehead is an auspicious sign of marriage and guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. The Indian bride steps over the threshold of her husband’s home, bedecked in glittering apparel and ornaments, dazzling the red bindi on her forehead that is believed to usher in prosperity, and grants her a place as the guardian of the family’s welfare and progeny.

A Hot Spot!

The area between the eyebrows, the sixth chakra is known as the ‘agna’ meaning ‘command’, is the seat of concealed wisdom. It is the center point wherein all experience is gathered in total concentration. According to the tantric cult, when during meditation the latent energy (‘kundalini’) rises from the base of the spine towards the head, this ‘agna’ is the probable outlet for this potent energy. The red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself — symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune.

How to Apply

Traditional bindi is red or maroon in color. A pinch of vermilion powder applied skillfully with practiced fingertip make the perfect red dot. Women who are not nimble-fingered take great pains to get the perfect round. They use small circular discs or hollow pie coin as aid. First, they apply a sticky wax paste on the empty space in the disc. This is then covered with kumkum or vermilion and then the disc is removed to get a perfect round bindi. Sandal, ‘aguru’, ‘kasturi’, ‘kumkum’ (made of red turmeric) and ‘sindoor’ (made of zinc oxide and dye) make this special red dot. Saffron ground together with ‘kusumba’ flower can also create the magic!

Fashion Point

With changing fashion, women try out many shapes and designs. It is, at times a straight vertical line or an oval, a triangle or miniature artistry (‘alpana’) made with a fine-tipped stick, dusted with gold and silver powder, studded with beads and crusted with glittering stones. The advent of the sticker-bindi made of felt with glue on one side, has not only added colors, shapes, and sizes to the bindi but is an ingenious easy-to-use alternative to the powder. Today, the bindi is more of a fashion statement than anything else, and the number of young performers sporting bindis is overwhelming even in the West.

History of the Bindi

‘Bindi’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘bindu’ or a drop, and suggests the mystic third eye of a person. In ancient India, garlands were an important part of the evening-dress of both men and women. This was often accompanied by ‘Visesakachhedya’, i.e., painting the forehead with a bindi or ’tilaka’. In those days, thin and tender leaves used to be cut into different shapes and pasted upon the forehead. These leafy bindis were also known by various names — ‘Patrachhedya’, ‘Patralekha’, ‘Patrabhanga’, or ‘Patramanjari’. Not only on the forehead, but also on the chin, neck, palm, breast and in other parts of the body, sandal paste and other natural stuff were used for decoration.

Myths and Significance

The vermilion, traditionally used exclusively for bindis, is called ‘sindura’ or ‘sindoor’. It means ‘red’, and represents Shakti (strength). It also symbolizes love — one on the beloved’s forehead lights up her face and captivates the lover. As a good omen, ‘sindoor’ is placed in temples or during celebrations along with turmeric (yellow) that stands for intellect especially in temples dedicated to Shakti, Lakshmi and Vishnu.

Sindoor in Scriptures

‘Sindoor’ and ‘kumkum’ are of special significance on special occasions. The practice of using ‘kumkum’ on foreheads is mentioned in many ancient texts or Puranas, including Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahhari. Our religious texts, scriptures, myths and epics too mention the significance of ‘kumkum’. Legends have it that Radha turned her ‘kumkum’ bindi into a flame-like design on her forehead, and in the Mahabharata, Draupadi wiped her ‘kumkum’ off the forehead in despair and disillusion at Hastinapur.

Bindi and Sacrifice

Many people associate the red bindi with the ancient practice of offering blood sacrifices to appease the Gods. Even in the ancient Aryan society, a bridegroom made a ’tilak’ mark on the bride’s forehead as a sign of wedlock. The present practice could be an extension of that tradition. Significantly, when an Indian woman has the misfortune of becoming a widow, she stops wearing the bindi. Also, if there is death in the family, the women folks’ bindi-less face tells the community that the family is in mourning.

History Of Phulkari

Phulkari A rural traditional art of crafting embroidered Odhani used exclusively by women in Punjab in older time.

Phul means : Flower

Kari means : Work

Its is also known As Gulkari. A very intricate needle work, Along with bright colored thread mainly……Red,Orange,Blue,Green……………..Colors Which Shows Life,Happiness and Warmth

Origin Of Phulkari :Phulkari was brought to the Indian subcontinent by the migrant jat people of central Asia In Ancient times….

Techniques And patterns of Phulkari were not documented but spread by the word of mouth each regional group was identifiable by its unique Embroidery work

The Perfect Piece:
A perfect gift for those who love collecting unique handmade products. Traditional Phulkari is perfect gift for any occasion


Velvet Shawls For Winter Weddings

Velvet shawls, the glamorous finishing touch!

The softness and shine of the fabric, in opulent and royal colours, with intricate embellishments, and the drape of the border embroidery. All combined together for an elegant fashion statement.

Be gone, sheer net, glossy silk, and thin chiffon dupattas of summer!. For the crisp beginnings of South Asian winter weddings, the highest trending fashion fabric is much more lush, the velvet.

After all, the classic regal fabric was gracing the Fall runways in 2016, from sweeping bridal shawls to the sophisticated dupattas of evening-wear.

Fashion designers are seen combining these velvet drapes with a reverse side of banarasi brocades, giving them that precious traditional touch.

So wear a work of art, and wrap up warm in a sumptuous, drapery, and sleek shawl, redefined by a beautiful, contemporary color story.

We bring you it’s versatile styles, mixed and layered.

Velvet Shawls with Contrasting Plain Kurta

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Black, the perfect hue, adds weight to any design and colour.

As such, see how elegantly it is draped by the Make-up artist, Natasha Khalid, on a light coloured kurta.

Illustratively, with attention to exquisite craftsmanship, worked edges of delicate embroidery, the designer, Mishal Lakhani, has given the shawl an instant classy look. And thus, has allowed the depth of the fabric to speak for itself.

In particular, for the winter months, there is nothing more sophisticated than wearing a black velvet ensemble, on a soft coloured kurta with subtle embellishments.

Black Velvet Shawls on Black

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An intricately detailed black velvet shawl, on a plain black attire, is pure elegance.

Outstandingly, it can be worn effortlessly throughout the day and night.

The stunning Mann Mayal famed actress, Maya Ali, stylishly poses in Mohsin Naveed Ranjha‘s black velvet shawl, which features gold intricate borders, with floral details.

Significantly, the magnificent ensemble will brighten an entire attire.

And, if you’re looking to glam up those dull winter outfits, then this shawl could be the perfect pick:

“Our #Khawab Mehal velvet chaddar is perfect for chilly winter wedding season,” says the designer, Mohsin Naveed Ranjha.

Velvet Shawls with Jamavar Lining

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With the two-way velvet shawls, featuring rich Jamavar lining, designer Maheen Taseer is keeping it traditional.

The metallic jamavar look, reflecting on velvet, makes it a standout piece.

While the detailed textured border embroidery, infuses sparkle, adding a dash of glamour.

Additionally, the embroidered gold florals, gleaming all over, add grace and charm.

In particular, these luxury ensembles can be a touch of elegance on plain dresses, shalwar kameez,  and western outfits.

Totally regal!.

Velvet Shawls with Silver Embroidery

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Using a distinct teal colour velvet, Rema & Shehrbano have created a masterpiece.

Remarkably finished off with silk trimming tassels, and silver dabka and tilla motifs makes this a unique drape.

Certainly, with an all-silver outfit, this chic glamour will make a decorative statement.

Reversible Embellished Velvet ShawlsVelvet Shawls ~ The Luxurious Trend for Winter

Luxurious and precious, double sided shawls are a treasure.

As such, with brocade banarasi reverse sides, gleaming embellishments, and stunning hanging tassels on the corners, these pieces are timeless.

Traditional, yet modern. Such a style can be worn with both South Asian and Western attires. Just need to flip over the sides accordingly!

“Effortlessly stylish & glamorously seasonal, these reversible velvet & brocade banarasi shawls, are all wrapped up in understated sophistication.”

Given this, we can see that designers are making exceptional efforts to bring back the dupatta fashion. And thus, the banarasi and velvet, two-sided shawls, are a definite favourite.

Gota Border Embroidery Velvet Shawls

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Gota patti work details, a type of embroidery used throughout South Asia.

Typically, it features ethnic borders in gold. And as a result provides the fabric with an edgy and noticeable look.

While the velvet is luxurious, the gota is traditional, an exceptional combination of the Mughal period costumes.

These velvet shawls are surely perfect for that traditional, but, stylish bling wedding season!

Velvet Shawls with Kundan Borders & Motifs

Traditional geometrical motifs and patches add a graceful touch to the velvet shawls.

In particular, these artistic shapes are hand sewn or hand embroidered on the edges or corners of the shawl, adding a 3D and textural effect.

Additionally, featuring Kundan and Zardozi worked borders, the most famous metal wire embroidery, these ensembles are given a precious and delicate aspect.

Moreover, the ethnic hanging tassels on four ends of the shawl, add a dangling effect. A little bit of funkiness, sparkle, and fun!

Whereas, the plain corners are voluminous, allowing greater freedom for more jewellery accessories.

Wrapping the season’s key fabric, will not only keep you warm. But, will provide you with the most opulent and statement wardrobe piece.

And, interestingly, have dupattas made a comeback? Through these luxurious velvet shawls, have fashion designers and brands reinvented the South Asian cultural scarf?

Well, this women accessory is surely stunning!So, add a splash of the modern South Asian glamour to your look, and indulge in the rich colours of velvet!

Try Different Ways to Drape Lehenga Dupatta

Wedding season is on full swing, and we all love this time of year because it gives us more reason to dress up. We all want to look our best and different than others in the wedding, but if you see the kind of attire we can choose from then the choice is very limited Sari, salwar kameez or lehenga we mostly wear one of this. What makes the difference is how we style it. Lehenga is a costly dress, and other then weddings we don’t really get chance to wear it many times, however wearing the same lehenga again and again is boring and no one wants to do that. But if it is draped differently it can change the whole look and can fetch you many compliments too. So no more doing the same Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu style for lehenga, let’s try something new and interesting.


1. Tie on wrist:


This one is simple yet elegant style of draping, which gives a bit of royal feel at the same time is very practical to. To do this style pleat the dupatta and keep it on your right shoulder, adjust the length of pallu (let it fall little below your knees) and secure with a safety pin as you generally do. Now take the other end of the dupatta and place it such that only the board is visible, fold it around your wrist in a loop and secure it with safety pin. You may need someone’s help here to put this pin, in case you have no one then put the pin first then insert your wrist in it. This style also gives you nice posture as you always have something in your hand. Picture shows how it looks from front and back.

Tie on wrist


2. The Half Sari:


This style of dupatta draping is inspired from the south Indian half sari. In this style dupatta hugs your waist making your waist look more defined and slim. Take one corner of your dupatta and tuck it in at right side of your lehenga. Now let the dupatta wrap your waist, make pleats and secure it with a pin on your left shoulder. Make sure dupatta is making a nice V at back and is tightly wrapped around. This will make you look slimmer, and will hide your problem areas like stomach and waist.

The Half Sari


3. The V pallu:


V pallu is modified version of Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu, it is a good option if your dupatta has a lot of work on it and if the blouse is plain this will cover that up. So to get this look tuck one corner of the dupatta in left side of the lehenga as you do for Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu then make pleats and secure it with pin on your right shoulder. Let it fall till your knee. Then take one corner of dupatta and put it on your left shoulder as shown in picture. While doing this make sure you are making a clean V in front. Put a pin to secure the neat V on top side. This is a very good option for people who have heavy upper body. As the V of dupatta removes the attention from your problem area and makes you look slimmer.

The V pallu


4. Sidha-Ulta pallu:


This one is my favourite, it looks very modern and interesting. This style if you see from one left side and front looks like sidha pallu(Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu) and from right side and back it looks like the ulta pallu(normal style of sari). To get this look first tuck one corner of dupatta in left side of lehenga then make the pleats and let it go over left shoulder, let it fall till your feet. Now take one corner of the dupatta wrap it around your waist and tuck it on the same place where we tucked the dupatta first on the left side of lehenga. Confused, read the instruction again and see the pictures you will get it. This look is very different and will surly fetch you many compliments.

Sidha-Ulta pallu


5. The bong touch:


This is inspired by the Bengali saree, so if you are attending a bong wedding or just want to put some bong touch to your look then go for this. Pleat the dupatta and secure it on right shoulder with a pin. Take one corner of dupatta from front side wrap it around your waist and tuck in lehenga. Now take one corner of the back side of dupatta bring it over the left shoulder, pleat it in such a way that only the border is visible. This look is like the Bengali sari look but I have just changed the shoulders.

The bong touch


6. Cocktail look:


This look is apt for cocktail parties. To get this look, pleat the dupatta and secure with pin on left shoulder, let it fall till your knee. Take one corner of the dupatta from back side and bring it to front around your waist and tuck it on left side of lehenga as in the picture. So if you have sweated it out in gym and want to show off your  slim waist then go for this look.

Cocktail look


7. Flowing dupatta look:


Have a heavy work dupatta and want to make that the center of attraction then opt for this look. Tuck one corner of the dupatta on left side of the lehenga, then bring the dupatta on top of the left shoulder, pin it. Take one corner of the dupatta and wrap it around you and tuck at back side. This will cover up your all your problem area and flaunt the beauty of your dupatta.

Flowing dupatta look