A sneak-peek into how Indian culture has influenced International fashion

06-August-18 5:00 PM by Sushmita Baruah

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India has given the world yoga, the digit zero, architecture, mouth-watering cuisines, Bollywood and so much more. The one thing that gets overlooked often is fashion, wherein the sheer amount of diversity and influence that international designers have drawn from Indian culture and fashion has been immense. International Fashion designers such as Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Gucci, Burberry and many more prominent labels have incorporated Indian prints and textiles in their designs over the years, as well as emulated some of our indigenous silhouettes in an exciting and modern ways, such as the sari drapes, the lehenga swirls and rich embroidery. Let’s take a look at some exquisite international designs influenced by Indian culture -

Burberry

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The iconic Burberry trench coat was recreated with Maheshwari Silk, commonly used in sarees, for Vogue India’s Fiftieth Anniversary ‘Project Renaissance’. Like the trench, the Maheshwari fabric has an incredibly rich history and heritage.


Alberta Ferretti

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Others brands involved in this project include Alberta Ferretti, who used a Kanchipuram silk saree as the centerpiece of an elegant ball gown, thus reinterpreting the beautiful fabric, highlighting its versatility, richness and allure.


Elie Saab, Spring 2016

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Elie Saab’s Spring 2016 collection retained the delicacy and elegance of their past designs, but was further enhanced by the influence of colonial India. The regality of the collection was enhanced due to the heavy Indian style embroidery and familiar draping of fabrics over the shoulder mimicking sarees and dupattas.


Ryoko Haraguchi’s ‘Haath Heart’

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Ryoko Haraguchi’s love of textiles inspired her collection, ‘Haath Heart‘ in December 2016 as she revived the ancient arts of traditional Indian weaving, stitch work and dyeing techniques, using Kota Sarees and Indian silk as base material.


Marchesa S/S 2013

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Marchesa regularly pays tribute to Indian fabrics and textiles in their designs. The piece with navy blue tulle draped over the gold sequined bodice is a beautiful re-interpretation of a sari. They have also combined rich antique silk with the playful elegance of a cocktail party in their strapless saree cocktail dress. The red and white piece resembles an Anarkhali, with the red fitted embroidered top flowing down to the white tulle body, and a matching red border draping down to resemble the pleats of a saree.

What to wear at your friend’s destination wedding: Indya's got you covered!

27-july-18 5:00 PM by Sushmita baruah

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Did you wake up this morning all excited about an invitation to a destination wedding? But, once the excitement falls through, a little bit of anxiety kicks in! The only stressful affair about attending a destination wedding is to find an appropriate outfit that is easy to pack and carry and yet is an eye-catching affair at the party! Destination weddings have a style of their own and finding an outfit that goes with the venue makes the entire affair all the more picture-perfect. However, finding exactly the right styles and comfortable silhouettes may seem an exhausting task! But fret not ladies, for we seem to understand the struggle! For a summer destination wedding, you’ll definitely want to wear something that moves and breathes well. So light cottons, linens, and silk blends are good choices. So if you're dressing to impress at the next destination wedding, scoop up on one of these easy vacation inspired outfits from House of Indya.

Pre Wedding/Sangeet

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This breezy and pretty Peach Foil Print Halter Neck Maxi Tunic paired with these Ivory Embroidered Hem Cigarette Pants is a perfect outfit for any pre wedding function. Whether it’s a beach, fort or a pool party, this indo-western number will make you dazzle all the way giving you a relaxed vacation vibe.

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Our Green Botanical Halter Tunic With Attached Skirt is probably the most comfortable wedding outfit you will ever slip into, making you look glam without having to worry about dragging your dress through the sand.


Wedding/Reception

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Ditch the heavy suit and introduce a bit of fun into your style with this Navy Green Color Block Silk Maxi Skirt paired with our very chic Navy Dupatta Trail Crop Top. This statement-making piece would undoubtedly be a showstopper outfit at any destination wedding!


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This exquisite and elegant Pink Crop Top with Mesh Cape Jacket is an ideal choice for a beach wedding. It will go just as good for an afternoon wedding as it does for an evening affair.


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This embellished V-neck silk crop top in navy and embroidered silk maxi skirt in green with a modern and unconventional touch is a combination to swear by for any fort weddings.

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If it’s a beach wedding, pick this effortlessly stylish and elegant Mint Floral Georgette Maxi Skirt with our Mint Pearl Trim Floral Georgette Dupatta and you will never go wrong! Not only does it match with a beach backdrop but it is also an easily manageable, non-fussy yet beguiling option for a picture-perfect destination wedding!

So what are you waiting for! Hurry up and fill your shopping carts before we run out of these signature pieces!

Make Your Skin & Hair Love Monsoons As Much As You Do

09-july-18 5:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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Glistening skin from head to toe when you have a super packed social calendar is always a bonus. But monsoon being one of the most unfavorable times for skin can leave you looking dull and weary. Even the most perfect outfits can look unexciting with a broken out skin and unruly hair. If you wish to slay head to toe this monsoon then go through our list of skin care tips that’ll have you looking fresh and dewy regardless of the weather. Whether you are dining al fresco on summer evenings or getting ready for a movie date, our advice will help you look great in barely-there makeup, all based on our simple skin care regimen.
The routine is easy and the formulae are intoxicating enough to make your skin look perfectly primed and gleaming. Let us take a look at the essentials that will help you achieve the coveted ‘lit from within’ look -
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Hair Care

Wash your locks and DO NOT forget to condition them too. Also, no matter how much you are tempted to shower in rain like a movie scene, don’t. Should I even mention that pollutants, chemicals in the air and vehicular emissions - all of them will end up on your scalp and hair causing more damage and leaving your hair limp and dry

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Face Care

Apart from the regular Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing, treat your skin with a mask that targets your skin problems like acne, scars, dryness etc. Always remember to exfoliate your skin so that it is freed from the buildup and gets to breathe naturally.

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Body Care

When the monsoon is in full-swing, resort to cottons or fabrics that dry quickly. If possible change wet clothes and shoes immediately. Damp clothes when left on for long can invite fungal infections. You can also get your favorite body polisher and treat your skin to a good exfoliating session once a week. If you plan to show some skin then make your body shine bright like a diamond with body highlighters that render that added glow to your skin.

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Hands and Feet

Moisturize! That’s it. Apart from your regular pedicure and hygiene routine you need to keep your hands and feet well hydrated all the time.

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Radiate Beauty from the Inside Out

Beauty is best when it starts from within. Experts advise to stick to light meals in monsoons as the immunity levels are lower at this time of the year. Add ginger in your food for better digestion. Last but not the least, stay hydrated! Water helps flush out toxins from your body and adds to your overall health improvement.

Yoga Se Hoga: Yoga Your Way To Holistic Fitness

23-june-18 5:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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With increasing health awareness millennials are looking for integrated lifestyle practices that not only yield a fit body but peace of mind too. Yoga is one such way of living that focuses on the enhanced functioning of mind, body and soul allowing you to experience life from a higher, more mindful level. It is the process of cleansing and rejuvenating the body that improves functions and heightens its capabilities.
If you are looking for a way to lose weight that also focuses on mind and soul then yoga is a perfect choice for you. The asanas are simple and work from inside-out, enabling you to experience the exuberance of life.
At the first instance, Yoga may come across as a weak contender against high intensity workout sessions in the gym. But understanding the mechanism of asanas and their efficacy is enlightening, affirmative and gratifying. The combination of controlled breathing and postures helps in improving metabolism and heart rate. If you want to find out what can really work for you then try these simple asanas that will not only help your get started by will take you a long way too.
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Surya Namaskar:

Also known as sun salutations, it is one of the most popular Yoga asanas. It is combination of twelve different poses that focus on various body parts. Apart from strengthening skeletal system and ligaments, Surya Namaskar also helps with anxiety and stress issues.

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Upward Plank:

Moderately difficult to crack, this asana is great for the respiratory system and it yields amazing overall results. This works on your wrists, spine, arms, shoulders and back along with strengthening your core, hips, legs and inner thigh muscles.

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The Boat Pose:

As the name suggest, this asana involves tuning your body into a V-shape resembling a boat. This is a perfect posture for kicking off that stubborn belly fat.

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Warrior II and III:

Perfect for toning your thigh and shoulders, this pose can be performed in two ways. The difference in both the postures enhances the complexity of the muscles movements and hence the results too.

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Triangle

Trikonasana is one of the simplest and high yielding Yoga poses that improves digestion and reduces belly fat too.

Indya’s Must-Haves for May: We help you get the hottest Indo-Western Trends

03-may-18 3:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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Last minute shopping may not always be the best, considering how taxing it can be to impulsively spend thousands on clothes that you may not even wear twice. Finding the right outfit in the right budget, fitting and with matching accessories and shoes is not always easy. Strategic, well planned shopping is a wise woman’s way to navigate through overwhelming fashion essentials that are rolled out almost every day.
So, in order to spend your hard earned money more thoughtfully and avoid last minute hassles it is always great to shop mindfully in advance. You can incorporate some versatile pieces in your wardrobe from our ‘May Must Haves’ that can be styled in a number of ways and worn to different occasions with zero compromise on style quotient.
Here is a list of our five favorites from May that will help you sail through your daily grind, make you dazzle at weddings and even keep you super relaxed on an off-duty day.

First and Foremost a Cotton Tunic

With the mercury soaring up every day, you have to have a few cotton pieces in your wardrobe. A dress or a tunic that allows your skin to breathe is a perfect pick. You can choose from a variety of prints and patterns and accessorize your attire with oxidized jewelry to look awesome.

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Georgette Cape Maxi Tunic

De-structured looks can be beautiful too, especially if they come in the form of a dreamy cape maxi tunic with bold cuts and smart silhouettes.

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Metallic Print Drape Tunic

Is there a wedding due in summer months? Well, try on a gorgeous drape tunic with a foil print all over. These full length tunics are an eclectic blend of elegance, style and practicality.

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Side Slit Pants

Keep up with the trends and do not wear boring in the name of ethnic. Slip into our super cool side slit palazzo pants that are western in look and Indian in feel.

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Botanical Print Crop Top

A printed silk crop top can take you to places. Pair it with high waist pants, an ethnic maxi skirt or even a saree and you are sure to make heads turn with your supreme swag.

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Flowy Dupattas

One of the most important must-haves for all you ethnic wear aficionados, dupattas can transform any outfit in a snap. You can experiment with a variety of prints, fabrics and trims that are in tune with the summer spirit to look aptly dressed for the occasion.

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India’s Tribute to the International Dance Day 2018

28-april-18 3:00 PM by Pratima Singh

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On the occasion of International Dance Day 2018, India is geared up to pay its tribute to the great art from and commemorate the day with beautiful performances from ace dancers across the country. Padma Shree awardee Geeta Chandran (dancer and choreographer) has curated a workshop that will see performances by budding artists as well as veterans like Sreelakshmy Govardhanan (Kuchipudi), Shweta Prachande (Bharatanatyam), MonamiNandy (Odissi) and Vidyagauri (Kathak).
India is culturally rich in music and dance as these art forms have been closely related to religion and worship. Mythology has it that dances evolved when humanity was deteriorating and there was a dire need of instilling peace and harmony in humans.The ancient dance forms are principally categorized under four heads; traditional, classical, folk and tribal. While most of us are only aware of the tongue twisting names of these art forms, we take this day as an opportunity to give you a sneak peek into the intricacies of major classical dance forms in the country.

Bharatnatyam

Bharatnatyam

Originating from temple dancers in Tamil Nadu, Bharatnatyam is considered to be the mother of classical dances in India. It is a euphonious combination of musical beats and dramatic dance moves performed by both male and female dancers.

Kathak

Kathak

Kathak originated in Uttar Pradesh and it is one of the eight forms of ancient classical dances of India. As the name ‘Katha’ suggests this dance is about story telling through rhythmic foot (adorned with ghungroos) movements in harmony with music.

Kathakali

Kathakali

One of the most dramatic classical Indian dance forms, this art is performed by well-trained artists. Kathakali originated in God’s own country, Kerala. Expansive gestures, popping make-up and elaborate costumes coupled with precise body movements make it a delight to watch.

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi

This dance got its name from the Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh state, the place of its origin. It is performed with violin, tambura and flute.

Manipuri

Manipuri

Manipuri comes from the north-eastern state, Manipur. The dance’s themes are based on Raslila, a purely religious and spiritual performance.

Odissi

Odissi

Odissi is known for independent movement of head, chest and pelvis. A traditional and ancient art performed in temples, Odissi is one of the oldest surviving dance forms in India.

Sattriya

Sattriya

A dance form from Assam, Sattriya is performed pan India and even outside the country.

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam

Another classical dance from Kerala, Mohiniyattam is drama performed through dance. It is characterized by subtle gestures and brilliant foot work.

Things That Make Indians Go “We Are Like That Only”

27-mar-18 12:00 PM by Pratima Singh

Dive into the lives of us Indians and you will find some LOL-worthy habits and traits that have been passed on for generations. These typical Indian habits that will leave your head spinning if you try to make sense out of them.
There is a long list of traditions and ticks that make us quintessentially ‘Indian’ but we’ve picked up the most definitive of the lot. Read on -

1. We are all related, or at least it seems so!!

Every elder person we come across is referred to as aunty, uncle, bhaiya even if they aren’t remotely connected to us.


2. Cheap thrills

It is our birthright, to ask for discounts even in shops that clearly say “FIXED PRICE”.


3. When life gives you lemons, tie them with chilies

Dare to step on the olio? We’ve embraced this preventive measure for ‘nazar’ through generations, without even questioning its origin or efficacy.


4. Bizarre beginnings of a new car

Apart from cracking coconut in front of the car so that you drive safe (it’s not your driving skills, it’s the coconut), you are also supposed to keep the plastic seat covers on for as long as they wither away.


5. Gully Cricket

No Indian child can come-of-age without spending summers playing gully cricket, breaking grumpy uncle’s window and never seeing the ball again.


6. We cherish gift wrappers as much as the gifts

Neatly folded under the mattresses


7. Recycle redefined!!

Nothing goes to waste, old T-shirts are pochhas, soft drinks bottles turn water bottles in the refrigerator, and containers from restaurants are saved for kitchen storage.


8. Trouble with an Appliance?

Hit it!! If it is a scooter, tilt it. That’s our way of handling machinery around us. And surprisingly it works.


9. Our Teachers

There is always a teacher who always says, “What do you mean you forgot your homework? Do you ever forget to eat?”

DIY: Organic Kajal

27-mar-18 12:00 PM by Pratima Singh

Beauty Hacks
If like most girls, you can’t do without kajal but also worry about the damaging chemicals present in store-bought kohls, then read on!
Kajal or kohl, as most of us already know is a sooty paste, traditionally used as a makeup highlighter in various parts of the world. The importance of its quality lies in the fact that it is used on the eyes, and nothing harmful should ever come close to the windows to your soul.
A homemade kajal has few ingredients and if stored well it never expires, unlike its store bought counterpart. We are going to walk you through an organic Kajal preparation that will change the way you SEE eye makeup ;)
  1. A Wick
  2. An Earthen Lamp (Diya)
  3. Castor oil
  4. Homemade ghee
  5. Steel or copper plate
  6. Two bowls/glasses (for support)
  7. A small box for collecting and storing kajal (Made of glass or silver preferably)
  8. A Spoon or spatula for scrapping and mixing
  • Pour about 100ml castor oil in the earthen lap and dip the wick in it.
  • Arrange the two bowls on side of the lamp and rest the steel/copper plate over the bowls/glasses.
  • Lit the lamp and let the soot collect on the base of the plate. Continue the process until the oil is exhausted and the lamp goes off.
  • Wait for the plate to cool down. Now use a spatula or spoon to scrape the soot. At this stage, add a drop or two of ghee to make solid consistency dough of the residue.
  • Collect it in a glass or silver jar.
Beauty Hacks

How to Use?

You can use your finger to apply kajal but if you want to avoid the mess, you can grab a small wooden stick or an ear bud to make your eyes look intensely black naturally. Use it as a night treatment or wear it in the day to make your eyes pop.