Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mysore Silk Sarees from Pothys

A silk saree is a sense of pride for any Indian women for its exquisite design and luxurious lustre. Among the various types of silk sarees in India, ‘Mysore silk’ is known for its minimalistic design, vibrant colours and the rich feel of the fabric. This hand spun traditional silk is one of the purest forms of silk in India with the usage of pure silk and 100% pure gold zari (a golden coloured thread containing 65% of silver and 0.65% of gold).

Mysore silk is the trademark for the silks manufactured by Karnataka Silk Industry Corporation (KSIC). The making of these exquisite silks can be dated back to 1912 when the maharaja of Mysore imported 32 looms from Switzerland to manufacture silks just to meet the requirements of the royal family and the ornamental fabrics of his armed forces. However, the organised production started only in 1980, after the factory was handed over to Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation which is commonly known as KSIC. At present,the Mysore silk factory produces more than 35,000 metres of pure silk fabric per month and nearly 4,25,000 meters per year, which are made into beautiful sarees and dress materials.

These Mysore silk sarees are going through many changes and makeovers by adding new styles with a range of colours to make the already popular silk form even more attractive and tempting. There are around 300 wide varieties of colours used in making these sarees with almost 115 vivid design combinations. The beauty of these sarees lies in the intricate work of the ‘Zari’, which is the golden lace border running throughout the edges of the saree.

Now-a-days, some of the Indian traditional designs like Bhandhini and kasturi embroidery are infused into the making of Mysore silk sarees to cater to a wider audience from different regions. To preserve the authenticity of these silk sarees KSIC has introduced ‘Fusion Label’ which is a Nano-technology hot press which has made counterfeiting impossible. This revolutionary initiative is on the lines by the similar decision taken Silk Mark Organisation of India of the Union ministry of textiles.

If you want to own these aristocratic silk sarees which has adorned the kings and queens of Mysore for decades, you don’t have to travel to Mysore. Pothys have stocked up the best of these silk sarees in wider colour combinations to suit your taste and preferences. Pay a visit to our showroom or our website if you wish to witness the elegance and beauty of this magical fabric .

Pink and Cream Mysore Silk
Pink and Blue Mysore Silk Saree
Blue Mysore Silk Saree
 Blue Mysore Silk Saree
Green and Pink Mysore Silk
Green and Pink Mysore Silk Saree
White Mysore Silk with Golden Zari Border
White and Gold Mysore Silk Saree

Monday, August 25, 2014

Elegance in Ethnic Wear

Elegance in Ethnic Wear
                        Elegance in ethnic wear in a combination  of Green & Cream Mayuri Menpattu

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paisley- Timeless Elegance

The paisley motif resembling a twisty teardrop is of Indian and Iranian origin. Its western name derives from a small town called Paisley, in West Scotland, a centre for textiles where paisley designs were made.

The mango motif which is generally called the "ambi" (amb means mango in Punjab), "kairi" (mango seed) or "manga" in India, "boteh jegheh" or "butain" in Persia and "paisley" in Britain, is one of the most enduring symbols in the design world, its origins dating back to the 18th century or earlier.

The paisley motif represents life and eternity for some, a symbol of rebellion for others. The traditional motifs always symbolises something and there is a reason behind it. Indians have used the paisley designs in rangolis as they are considered auspicious. Where as in China, two paisley is fitted to form a yin-yang depicting a symbol of life’s many dualities and their interconnectedness to each other.

Paisley designs are one of the most sought after patterns in South India. It is prominently used in our kanjeevaram sarees as they depict fertility and abundance. It is one of the widely used designs by the Indian designers and they have worked with the paisley motif at some point in their career, while some have spent their lifetime exploring its form.

There are many ways in which the mango motifs are incorporated in ethnic and indo-western wear. It can be a plain old simple plump silhouette, or frilled on the sides, or the elaborate multi-colour shape adorned with flowers and leaves. In whatever form they are incorporated in, paisleys never fail to evoke a sense of elegance, grace and lush beauty whether on a piece of fabric or jewellery. These mango motifs are steeped in Indian tradition. So, when you spot a paisley design the next time, remember the timelessness of its elegance and the historic stories embedded in its simple yet enigmatically curvy form.

Though the trends and styles have changed over time, we still draw inspiration from these traditional and classic designs of Indian origin and make necessary changes to them to suit the taste of our newer generation. Stock up your wardrobe with these ethnic outfits with classical mango motifs which are always in vogue!
Pink and Blue Mysore Silk
Pink and Blue Mysore Silk
Green and Yellow Patiala Suit
Brown Kancheepuram Silk
Pink Saree
Pink Mayuri Menpattu
Nakshatra salwar
Nakshatra Black Salwar Suit

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pothys Presents Color of the Year

Royal Orchid, a Pinkish Purple has been chosen as the Color of the Year by Pantone.

Pantone, a corporation which is located in New Jersey, is known for its color- matching system and gives companies a common vocabulary to discuss colors. Pantone conducts a poll every year with different companies from around the world to decide on one common color vocabulary.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm” is what Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute said about the color selection.

Every color they release has its own symbolism, an emotional component, and a deeper meaning of the color too. Radiant Orchid is a regal and enigmatic purple that is derived from nature and a flower of the same name. It has already come up in a variety of applications and was a popular color choice of many fashion designers around the world.

It is a color that falls on the one end of the color wheel with Emerald on the other end. With pink comes an association with love and romance. The feminine color is also symbolic of caring, calmness and acceptance. The same association comes with its lavender undertones as well.  The purple or violet hue is considered regal or royal, noble and spiritual. Darker variances of the color may also indicate wise or honorable.

With a mix of such purple and pink, Pothys offers wide variety of designs in the Radiant Orchid colors, with different color combinations and embellishments to make it even more enchanting. Below are the products in the beautiful hues of Radiant Orchid.
Art Silk
Casual Saree in Yellow and Red Border
Samudrika Pattu
Samudrika Pattu with Floral Border & Leaf Motifs
Kurta Set
Kurta Set with Embroided Cuffs and Collar
Vasundra Lite Saree
Vasundra Lite saree with Mango motif

Cool Blues

Cool Blues

                                              Mysore Silk Saree in Shades of Blue

Monday, August 11, 2014

Aadi – Divine Feminine


                    Aadi being in the air, divinity surrounds the atmosphere everywhere. Festivals like Aadi Pooram, Varalakshmi pooja in Aadi are celebrated to mark the fresh inflow of water into the river and waterways during the south west monsoon season. One such festival is Aadi peruku. Aadi Perukku signifies prosperity and heralds good times in the lives of people. Prayers are offered to establish connection with the goddess Durga.

                         From the dawn of history, worship of the Goddess has been popular and predominant in the rural areas of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  They call goddess Durga as “Mariamman “in Tamil, where “Mari” associates to the rain.  This goddess is related to fertility and rain.
To thank this goddess various festivals are celebrated. The month marks the joyous period of farmers for they celebrate it with the good harvest.

                        Varalakshmi  Pooja is also celebrated during the mid month of aadi. Women fast during this day for the wellbeing of their family. This again is the prayer offered to goddess Varalakshmi, which is the one of the other forms of Goddess Durga.

                        Festivities are marked with new clothes in Tamilnadu. The Goddess is adorned with silk sarees as a part of offering the prayers. With weddings a strict ‘no no’ this season, people dedicate this month as the thanks giving period to the Nature god. 

                        Silk sarees , Silk dhoties and Pattu pavadais are generally the festive clothes that people opt for. Shimmer and shine becomes a part of every festive occasion’s clothes.
This season is also marked with slashed prices on clothes from retailers as an act to let people celebrate in their best clothes. With the season fast coming to a close and the Aadi Sale almost coming to an end, it’s time to stock up your wardrobe with the newest of clothes from Pothys!

Black Rajkot Patola
Black Rajkot Patola saree with Gold Zari Border
Pink Parampara Pattu
Pink Parampara Pattu with Orange Buttas
Nakshatra Set
Pink, White and Black Combination Nakshatra Set
Orange silk with Peacock Motif Border
Orange Silk saree with Peacock Motifs & Zari Border

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ethnic Hues from Pothys

Ethnic Hues from Pothys                                
                      Parampara Silks from Pothys.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monsoon Wedding

A memorable wedding is everybody's dream. There are some that wish for the best weather on their wedding. There are also few who would love to get married during the monsoon! The romance factor is high during the seasonal rains and it is often referred to as the Season of Love. The monsoon has set in with a bang. Why not plan a monsoon wedding!

The beautiful rain drops and sweet fragrance of mud will add the most blissful harmony to your wedding. The monsoon is a period of efflorescence – the flora in nature is green and blooming. The wedding attires that are comfortable and bright will warm up the ambiance. Bright hues and heavy embroider clothes will brighten up your look.

Anarkalis are the toast of the season - these flared tops with becoming silhouettes and rich zari work are paired with three-fourth pyjamas or chudidhars; perfect for wading through those puddles. On the other hand, if a traditional and ethnic look is your mantra, then try saris in warm colours with thread work and thick zari borders and traditional motifs.

For men, silk, brocade or embellished kurtas and rich jackets look smart when worn with a silk dhoti or tailored pants. Handcrafted Kolapuri chappals complete the look.

With Pothys make your rainy day wedding absolutely amazing!
Red Lehenga
Red Lehenga with a zari border
Kurta Set
Gold Kurta set
White wedding Silk
White Silk Saree with Maroon zari border
Blue Mayuri
        Peacock blue saree