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216. Happy Pongal / Sankranti


One of my favourite festivals is Sankranti. Its a festival of worshiping first crop or harvest of farmers.

Miss those early sankranti mornings  coloring the house fronts with Rangoli. It felt so beautiful to see colorful streets with creative designs.

The another best part of the festival is Ellu Bella (made with sesame seeds, coconuts, peanuts, sugar or jaggery blocks). I feel the taste of sesame seeds really hits on Sankranti time. Offering ellu bella to friends and family & greeting each other with the words “Ellu bella tindu olle matannadi” (Kannada language), is such a sweet gesture on colorful day.

My Sankranti day happened perfect with divine blessings, spicy pongal, delicious sweet pongal and my favourite ellu bella.

Wish you all HAPPY PONGAL / SANKRANTI

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208. Magic hands of Kutch


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This beautiful needle art form originated in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is kind of interlaced herringbone stitch and gives the impression of Armenian embroidery! Mostly the Kutch work enhanced and embedded with mirrors, which makes it most splendid embroidery on clothing. The use of colors, placement of mirrors, overall style and design makes a great ornamentation for garment. Creative usage of all design elements makes Kutch work as a great fashion.

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This is one of my Kutch needle work on kameez (Knee length top usually worn over leggings).  I used black and sap green silk thread for Kutch work and multicolored silk thread for mirrors.

Also Kutch artisans have a beautiful art heritage in creating Bhungas(mud house) with dazzling mirror walls.

http://lifeisavacation.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/mud-mirror-art-india/

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Mud word and Abhala (small pieces of glasses ) is the only old Kutch Art done till today. This work was first carried out on walls but now they are carrying out on the walls in the ceiling and on the exterior of the home.

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200. Eyeliner with a twist


Hello guys how are you today….

I had a busy but interesting day at both work and college…..

I was so astonished to learn Egyptian fashion history today. Surprised to find out many resembles between past Egyptian and Indian believes. Most of their fashion resembles Indian but not sure who draw the inspiration from whom. Of Course I’m digging in to get to know ;)…….

Egyptians believed natural kohl eyeliners as protectors for eyes from sun and the heat. But the beauty and craft of eyeliner bottles is just awesome.

Today I came across a well engraved wooden craft which looks like a pen, but you know what its a Egyptian eyeliner. It was very hard to identify it as a eyeliner. Though I did not take a picture of it, I was able to find few eyeliner bottles through internet, which resembles the same.

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197. Independence Day


Finally I found my hidden post which I assumed of publishing……..

Anyway here it goes my Independence day post…..

It is been 3 years I’m missing India Independence day. Missing my homeland’s independence day feels terribly bad. But celebrating it being distant is a different feel. I’m happy with this….

Happy Independence Day guys…..

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