Pochampally is located in Andhra Pradesh, India, is well-known for its Pochampally brand of fabrics, being cotton, silk or a combination of the two. Pochampally cottons are woven by the ikkat technique. Ikat, or Ikkat, is a dyeing technique wherein bindings or substances resisting dye penetration are applied over the fibres in pre-determined patterns and then the threads are dyed. Alteration of bindings and using more than one colour for dyeing produces multi-coloured thread effect. Removal of the bindings and the subsequent weaving of the threads would form the desired pattern woven in the fabric. The determining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, on the threads prior to the weaving of the fabric. More the precision in the application of the resist bindings, finer would be the pattern formed. Ikkat is classified into single-ikkat and double-ikat styles. Pochampally cottons come in a wide range of colours and with unique patterns. The artistic excellence of ikat prints can be gauged from its traditional motifs of flowers, dancing girl, creepers, leafs, parrot, animals, birds, mythological characters and geometrical patterns. Most of the ikkat printed salwar kameez and sarees have repeated geometrical patterns of diamonds (rattan chowk), circles, squares, lines etc.
Unnati has a unique range of fusion salwar kameez where trending designs, patterns and colours have been incorporated in traditional styles of fabric making, and available in retail and wholesale. Examples of offerings are provided. The black and light grey with green Pochampally cotton salwar kameez has alternate black and light grey horizontal bands with zari embroidered buttis and a green patch border on the kameez. The plain green cotton salwar is a fitting contrast. The green silk chunni has a white floral embroidered border and black horizontal stripes on it. This pleasant piece would do for office, festivals, social events and even casual outings.
The Ikkat technique involves applying bindings which resist dye penetration to the threads in pre-determined patterns and then dyeing the threads. These threads are then woven to produce the desired pattern. When several colours are used, the dyeing process on the threads is repeated for each of the colours chosen. Then the fabric is woven with the multi-coloured threads into the pattern. Within the ikkat style of dyeing are variants of single-ikkat and double-ikkat. The tie-dye method is quite the reverse of the Ikkat style of dyeing. Here the threads are first woven and the resist bindings then applied to the fabric before dyeing it. The painstaking efforts of the weavers in maintaining the purity of dyeing and weaving, contribute largely to the uniqueness and pleasing appearance of the dress. Current trends see Pochampally cotton dresses with traditional designs, zari borders and elegant dupatta – a must-buy for festivals, traditional functions and even corporate wear.
You have been invited to a Mardi Gras Ball, but what do you wear? Well, that often depends on if there is a theme for the ball you are attending. Popular themes might be Shakespeare-inspired attire or a masquerade ball.
If there isn’t a theme for the ball, formal attire is still necessary. For men, a black tuxedo will do perfectly, preferably with tails. Women have more options for choosing an evening gown, but it’s usually best to wear a long dress. Make sure your gown isn’t too revealing, and it also must be comfortable so you can dance the night away. Try and pick a gown in one of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, something in purple, green or gold. Since you are going to be dancing most of the evening, it’s also important to stick with comfortable shoes. Women should still wear heels and men should make sure their dress shoes are properly shined. Remember that your costume should reflect the spirit and spontaneity of Mardi Gras.
Now, that you’ve found your dress or tux, it’s time to add some flair to your outfit. Some choose to add simple jewelry or cuff links to accessorize their outfits, but it’s Mardi Gras, so why not have some fun with your accessories? Of course, one of the most famous Mardi Gras accessories are beads. Since beads are available in all colors and styles, you can match your beads to the theme of the ball you are attending.
Drape a few strands over your tux or dress, layering the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Are you going to a masquerade ball? A mask will add an element of mystery to your costume, and there are many styles that will complement any outfit. A feathered mask with sequins adds some flash and drama, and can either be tied behind your head or traditionally carried on a wand. Perhaps you are brave enough to try a fancier mask, or even a headdress. Ornate and elaborate Italian Venetian masks and headdresses adorned with crystals, gold or silver are beautiful and unique ways to finish off your Mardi Gras ball costume.
The first step of chalking out a comprehensive fitness strength-training routine definitely starts with choosing the right kind of fitness apparel. No longer people think that it is cool to go the gym with old sweats and an ill fitted t-shirt. Rather, most people are becoming aware of the importance of fitness apparel and why should they deserve a little bit of more attention. The following Westside Barbell clothing can be considered by people who are serious about strength training.
Grey Sweat Pants- Sweat pants has come a long way from being regarded as the last minute savior clothing to the latest fashion trend. It seems that USA, in recent times, has woken up to the fact that sweat pants can be fashionable and are wearing them vigorously. All those who are interested in visiting the gym for strength training programs can opt for these grey sweat pants. Made from 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester, these sweat pants provide the ultimate comfort. These fitness apparels also come with an open bottom and drawstring, which make them easier to wear, and are available in large-2 XL sizes.
Westside Barbell and MusclePharm T-Shirts- Those who are fan of both Westside Barbell and MusclePharm can now flaunt their love for both these companies by wearing the exclusive Westside Barbell and MusclePharm T-Shirts. Since these t-shirts are made of pure cotton, they provide the ultimate comfort and are dust-mite resistant. In addition, cotton absorbs the body moisture quickly. This means that wearing these fitness apparels will help one to get rid of the excessive sweat. These pre-shrunk t-shirts are available in med 4XL sizes and in colors such as black and white.
Camouflage T-Shirts- All those who are looking for cotton, pre-shrunk t-shirts can also opt for the Camouflage T-Shirts. These fitness apparels come in sizes ranging from large-3 XL and have an intriguing mixture of colors including army green, black and brown.
Westside Barbell T-Shirts- Lovers of strength training workouts can choose these special t-shirts, which have blended cotton and polyester perfectly. These t-shirts come with the special logo of the Westside Barbell (a dog, lifting weight) on both the front and back. Though these fitness apparels are available in med-4xl sizes, one can always request for bigger sizes.
Womans Black Tank top- Modern women are not ready to lag behind their male counterparts as far as getting into shape and fitness apparels are concerned. They opt for strength training exercises and stylish fitness wear with much gusto. These pre-shrunk black tank tops are ideal for women who love to flaunt their well-shaped bodies. Made from 100 % ring-spun cotton, the Westside Barbell clothing is available in sizes such as small, medium and XL.
All those who would love to come across as trendy and stylish even at gyms can opt for these fitness apparels. Stay healthy and look good!
Nothing affected the western world as the World War II and the little black dress was no exception as well. In fact, many experts believe that the little black dresses were made popular because there was a shortage of fabric that was hugely needed to manufacture the uniform of the soldiers. Whether that was an exaggeration or not, the little black dress gave women of that period a lot of liberty and much needed style to cheer about. For Femme Fatales like Marilyn Monroe the dress gave even more opportunity to seduce. During 1940s and 50s, the trend remained popular largely because it was elegant and stylish. What better way to start the little black dress detox than with its exact polar opposite – the little white dress. I know most of you will be apprehensive about this idea, after all wearing white in a party where red wine is served is a terrifying thought. But a white dress in a sea of people in little black dresses can instantly turn you into a vision. >
Another trick that the white dress does is it makes you more approachable in parties or gatherings. Using the movie and TV trope of good guy wears white and bad guy wears black, wearing a white dress gives you the impression of being light, carefree and innocent, so people tend to walk up to you more easily, whereas darker colored clothes makes you look aloof, or should I say fashionably aloof?
The trend changed a little in the 1960s. After the World War was over, the conservatism set in with a new zeal. However, in the 1960s, the new generation ventured out for experimentation with something new and bold. Likewise, fashion designers came up with miniskirts, slits and other bold designs. It was during that time when Audrey Hepburn made her famous appearance in the LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The trend died down a little in the 1970s though the LBD was, by no means, out of vogue. It was colors rather than black that was the order of the day.
The little black dress again took the center stage in 1980s. The craze for fitness, and search of sleek designs kept it trendy even in the 1990s. However, people had already started experimenting with various lengths of the LBDs. Even in the 21st century, the LBD seems to dominate the fashion world. It is elegant, practical, useful and very appealing. Certainly, you can’t ask for any better combination than that. Plus, of course, there is the amazingly wide price range from $50 to anything close to a few thousand.
It took the world by storm. Mamma Mia exploded onto our cinema screens in July 2008 and was an unexpected hit. Nobody expected the Abba mania to reach the heights. Women, men and children loved the film for what it was, a light hearted feel-good musical. Lay all that happiness on me!! Previously not a huge fan of Abbas songs, even I couldnt help tapping away to the music and enjoying Pierce Brosnans nervous portrayal of Sam Carmichael, Donnas (Meryl Streep) ex- lover. An idyllic setting, playful plot and great music. It was a recipe of success.
The film regenerated the 70s craze for Lycra, sparkles and platform shoes. A succession of 70s fancy dress parties and evenings were hosted in local pubs and clubs. 70s fancy dress outfits ranged from plain cotton dungarees to vivid blue and silver Lycra hugging pant suits.
If you need inspiration for 70s fancy dress outfits check out any of the websites dedicated to Abba and Mamma Mia. They make excellent resources for all Abba information. You can sift through images of original Abba clothing and the Mamma Mia costumes. Theyll give you all the background youll need to choose your 70s fancy dress outfit.
Get into the mood. Play the original Mamma Mia theme music, picture yourself on the golden beaches of Greece and visualise that outrageously blue sparkling sea. Can you taste the ocean and hear the music?
Based on the hit music of the internationally famous Swedish pop group Abba the film listed an all-star cast-
Donna Sheridan Meryl Streep
Sam Carmichael Pierce Brosnan
Harry Bright Colin Firth
Bill Anderson Stellan Skarsgard
Rosie Julie Walters
Sophie Sheridan Amanda Seyfried