Today I am writing about our new range of Kantha Silk Scarves perfect to layer up and feel stylish all year round.
Before I tell you how these beautiful scarves are made and all other related details…. Let me share my childhood memories about what my mum and the other neighborhood mommies did with their old saris.
My mum used to trade old saris for the new shiny stainless steel cooking pots & pans and other steel utensils may be once or twice a year. There was this guy who used to come in our apartment block with a basket on his head loaded with brand new pots & pans. All the mommies in the apartment block would gather at one of the homes and trade for their old saris.
I always wondered what would the old saris be used for, well I know now, it has multiple uses like cushion covers, scarves, quilts, coasters, clothing, handbags, jewellery etc. The creative minds surely find the use for the fabrics.
Our Silk Kantha scarves are handmade from 100% upcycled vintage silk saris. They are combination of recycled two layers of separate sari fabric, with fabulous complementary and contrasting colours. These layers are stitched together with bold and popping coloured cotton threads using kantha stitch, making a striped pattern. The scarves have a unique texture due to the rich, rippling effect emerging from the kantha stitch across the fabric.
These scarves are hand made in India by women artisans who have the skills handed down to them from generations.
Each piece is unique, one of a kind. It is wrinkle free, fully reversible and has a luxurious feel and distinct feminine appeal. These scarves are perfect all year round. You can view the collection of scarves here.
Other than using these as scarves, due to its generous size, these can also be used as table runner or layered up at the end of the bed for a pop of colour. We recommend hand wash with mild detergent.
Image - Scarf used as table runner
Image - Scarf layered at the end of the bed to add a pop of colour and warmth.
All our Kantha Silk Scarves are a beautiful result of sustainable upcycled fabric and materials. Hence using these products not only helps people but also encourages the nature lover in you to make contribution to a greener world. We are all about promoting sustainability while keeping up with current trends and styles using traditional skills and techniques.
So the recycling breathes a new life to old.
Here I am today attempting to understand the meaning of “mandala”.
When I was studying in year 5/6, I had been on a vacation to Jaipur, Rajasthan in India with my parents and my lovely twin sister and naughty little brother. I remember seeing these beautiful and colourful intricate patterned bed sheets hung in the balconies on clothesline.
Today I know these are called “Mandala “. As I source these beautiful fabric mandala designs, for my homewares online store, from India, which can be used as tapestry, bed sheets, throws, blankets, picnic rugs, table cloth etc. You can view the collection here. I am in love with these designs, patterns and colours they bring bohemian flare to any interior space.
I hung up one of these beauties for our product shoot by my handsome and talented photographer aka my hubby and was just lost in its divinity. Its awesome feeling in spite of so many colours and intricate patterns its still brings calmness and clarity in you…. That’s when I started researching the meaning of “Mandala”.
So as per the Wikipedia mandala means …. It is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. Mandala is any geometric design, usually circular, symbolizing the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation.
Since then I have seen beautiful pictures of Mandala on Pinterest, Instagram and everywhere on the net. I was also amazed to find Mandala Colouring books for kids and adults. These help to bring concentration and focus as well as give a choice of expression to what colours you want in your life. Colours represent meaning ….. that’s a totally vast topic by itself. I am planning to soon get myself colouring Mandala book … can’t wait to try it out……
Mandala designs are also used in tattoos, again creativity and free expression of oneself. And my favourite .....flower mandala…... Oh yes a great outlet for designing, creating and expressing your feelings in a structured way along with free flowing thoughts and being thankful and grateful to nature.
So Mandala is a form of expression which can help you meditate and achieve peace and attain your goals. It’s a structured format of your identity and its surroundings, a full circle of your world…….. the earth, moon, sun, nature and circle of family and friends……
And here it is what MANDALA is for me … your own upliftment through mediation ………. A complete Circle of Life.
Hope each and everyone of you achieve your goals and peace in life by finding your Mandala.
Its been more than a year since I wrote my first blog .
Ever since I have felt like writing…….. I have jotted points on several topics and even clicked pictures, thinking I would write about this experience, or that recipe, my adventure and travel stories, DIY etc. but I have done, none of it yet.
So today I thought let me take a pen and paper and start writing whatever comes to my mind. I am pleased I did that instead of jotting points in notes on my phone or word document on my PC. I really liked writing but at the same time I seriously struggled with the actual physical activity of writing …….
We have become slaves of Smart Devices. We use these devices too much in our lives. Sometimes we need the “curfew” or “ban” from using these devices. So we can enjoy on little and simple pleasures in our life and do not struggle with basic motor skills……ha ha ha
For past 2 months I am recovering from a very minor accident leading to leg injury…… but it feels like forever. And in this time I have planned to write a blog … so many times….. but failed. Because I guess I was just pushing myself to write …. I felt like I writing blog is very important for online presence ……
I was not “Inspired “or “motivated” to write. So what’s changed today … well It’s a feeling from within – “Inside Job” and I am happy. So here I am writing … and hopefully will keep writing and continue with it.
Happy Writing !!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.
This is my first attempt at writing. I always wanted to write, but just did'nt know how and where to start. But today I decided and let's see how I go……. fingers crossed xxx
Not long ago I started my online store www.thehuesofIndia.com, which led to participating in weekend markets. Oh yay, I did it, very nervous and excited at the same time. It has been an amazing experience.
I have had people visit my stall from all different walks of life. Mothers looking to buy quilts for their daughters. Daughters looking to buy handbags for their mothers. Each and every one wanting something for others. Amazed and happy to see all the relationships.
Some people walked to the stall, as they just wanted to share their experiences with me about their recent or long in the past travels to India. I source all my products from India, so people just came over and shared their stories. They said things like how much they loved Indian fabric, food, culture, places etc. I had never even thought that I would be so privileged to meet people who would like to share their travel and adventure stories.
A big Greek family with mum, dad, daughters, sons, grandma, nephews and aunts all visited the stall. And while everyone was browsing through the products, the grandma was touching and feeling the cotton fabric of the quilts. She looked at all of them one by one and while the rest of the family members left, she kept admiring. And then she told me something in Greek; I was not able to understand. But surely made me smile, when she showed the gesture of “Thumbs Up”!! So despite of language barrier or no common language we communicated with sign language. I was over whelmed!!
And above all I had a lady come to the stall and said to me that she loves all the Indian things. She said “ I don’t know whether you believe in re-incarnation or not. But I feel I was Indian in my past life.” I cannot forget those words…….
Weekend market has given me many memorable experiences and chances to meet beautiful people with beautiful hearts.
And here ….I just wrote my first blog.
We at "The Hues of India" are very excited to announce the launch of our new online store. We have beautiful and colourful handmade products for you. Hope you enjoy and love our products.
Thank you from team of "The Hues of India"