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Buying Locally When Travelling in India

November 11th, 2013 7:03 am

Even remote places in India are not immune to the trend of homogenization, but buying local still gives you a chance to treasure a slice of where you’ve been. Here are some of favourite things to shop for while travelling in India:

Local weaves/ textiles: In these days of mass production, it is increasingly hard to find textiles that are specific to a place, but it is possible with some research. It is also perhaps easier to find local embroidery or other handwork, even if the cloth has been manufactured elsewhere. The best thing about buying locally made clothes when travelling in India, is knowing that some part of that money is benefitting local residents, especially women who often do the weaving and embellishing. Unlike keepsakes, clothes are not permanent, but then, that gives you a chance to shop again on your next trip!

Food products: Amritsari wadiyan and paapad, Kumaoni chutneys, Manipuri bamboo pickle, blueberry jam and tea from the Nilgiris are among the delicious goodies you can buy while travelling. In the last decade, many regions in India have started producing hygienically made, high quality products, and women’s self-help groups are at the forefront of this trend. What better way to support them than tucking into the goodies they make? Food products also make for excellent gifts, unlike things like décor items and showpieces which sometimes turn out all wrong for your recipient’s house.

Boxes: Yes, many people love decorative little boxes of all types and use them to store trinkets like earrings, clips and so on. Boxes are not always handmade, which unfortunately means that they may sometimes not be locally made. Still, they usually come from the region nearby and tend to have some connection with the place.

Books/ music: There are some places are great for picking up books and music specific to the region, or even discover local authors/musicians who are not as popular in other cities. A CD of devotional music to be bought outside the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar can remind you of the incredible feeling of peace and oneness.

To riff on the popular phrase, clothes and boxes and jams and books may take a chunk out of your wallet but the memory of watching a blue-black sky with a loved one, and feeling a thump in your heart at the thought that it is merely a canvas for thousands of stars – now that’s priceless.

Tips on Shopping for Indian Bridal Wear

September 5th, 2013 3:56 am

Indian bridal dresses are magnificent outfits that make a bride stand out from the crowd on their wedding day. The dresses present a fashion statement reflecting a blend of contemporary designs and emphasize traditional culture. For selecting a perfect Indian bridal wear, bride needs to follow a few tips as below:

Set a Budget
With wedding dress, bride also has to think about accessories, she is going to wear. Thus, setting a budget for dress should be first on agenda. This is also a great trick for narrowing down the search. Indian bridal wears come in various price ranges, ranging from low to high. Choose the one that appeals you as well as your pocket.

Shopping in Advance
It is always best to start shopping for bridal dress 5 to 6 months in advance. This is also the best way to be free from last minute hassles. Also, bride will get ample time to deeply go through the dresses and understand them well. She will certainly end up in purchasing a perfect piece for her.

Finalize What You Want to Wear
Indian bridal wears are mainly of three types, Sari, Lehnga Choli and Salwar Kameez. Bride has to decide what she wants to wear in wedding. Then only she can further proceed her shopping.

Choice of Fabric
Fabric plays a great role in settling down on perfect bridal wear. Fabric of dress should be chosen as per the season. Like, Chiffon, Georgette, Net, etc. are perfect fabrics for summers, while for winters, Silk, Tissue, Satin, Velvet, etc. fabrics are best.

Select Right Color Dress
Right dress imparts great look to bride. It makes her center of attraction as well as boosts up the confidence in her. But, with right styles, selecting the right color dress is equally important. It is wedding dress, thus bride cannot even imagine to compromise on color. Hence, pick right color that go well with personality. Do not blindly pick any color that is latest in fashion. Color of bridal outfit should enhance bride’s beauty and add warmth to complexion. For that check the dress in the most natural light. Colors that perfectly suit wedding dress are red, pink, orange or you may even go for some trendy colors like blue or green if it suits you.

Get Reference
It is very beneficial to get reference and advice from others regarding wedding dress. Friends, relatives, family members, new wed bride and all those who are your well-wishers are best to ask for. Sometimes they can provide you with best advice.

Comfort factor is very important to look for in bridal wear, especially when it is an Indian wedding. Remember, you have to be around people for many hours; hence the wedding dress should be extremely comfortable so that you can carry it well.