Category Archives: Fashion

Intricate embroidery: Ashdeen Lilaowala’s new Parsi traditional wear series

Intricate embroidery: Ashdeen Lilaowala’s new Parsi traditional wear series

Textile designer Ashdeen Lilaowala has adapted the traditional Parsi gara in a contemporary style. Ashdeen Lilaowala’s collection of saris, lehengas and blouses usually have customers admiring the resplendent embroidery they boast. This is no ordinary style, though. It is of the traditional Parsi gara, which Ashdeen has spent a decade researching. “Parsi gara embroidery started…

Go beyond wearing a sari

Go beyond wearing a sari

After the interest generated by #100SareePact, three women set up The Registry of Sarees to focus on Indian weaves and help set up looms Kausalya Satyakumar, Apoorva Sadanand and Ally Matthan share a passion for indigenous techniques of weaving, embroidery and everything that goes into Indian textiles. All through 2015, they observed the enthusiasm created…

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo and the Zarathushti Connection

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo and the Zarathushti Connection

What in the world would be the connection between the dreaded Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzman and Zoroastrians ?? On the face of it, none. But that’s not really the truth. Now that the world’s most wanted man is safely behind bars, U.S. shirtmaker Barabas Premium Apparel says its long-sleeve shirts are flying off…

Acclaimed Immigrants: India’s Parsi Through Textiles

Acclaimed Immigrants: India’s Parsi Through Textiles

Mass migrations are in the news today, but populations have been relocating all through human history.  When Muslims invaded Iran over 1200 years ago, most followers of the Zoroastrian religion relocated to India.  An immigrant community, they learned Hindi and English, and soon, Cantonese, providing a vital trade link between China, India and the West. …

Six Parsi Aunties You’ll Want For Company !

Brownpaperbag knocks on doors from Cusrow to Behram Baug to scout six Parsi ladies with hobbies and businesses that you should know about. 30.04.2015 Ranging from suspicious and wary to chatty and cheery, we found Gulshan, Zenobia, Benaifer, Gool, Nilofer and Roshan, all with mad skills. You should see what they can do with a…

Ashdeen Lilaowala: I am Floored by the City’s Love for Saris

Taking the dazzling textile tradition of the culturally-rich Parsis to a wider audience, young designer Ashdeen Z Lilaowala dons several hats. Article By Janani Sampath | The New Indian Express An author and curator, Lilaowala, who is a graduate in Textile Design from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, was in the city recently, to…

Parsi Weaves and Palate Offerings at Chennai Exhibition

As part of Crafts Council of India’s golden jubilee celebrations, efforts are being made to revive the exquisite Parsi Gara embroidery. Apoorva Sripathi meets the people behind the initiative For a group that hasn’t seen an increase in its population over 80 years (there are roughly 125,000 of them in the world), the influential Parsi…

The grace and movement of ‘Gara’

It is fashionable amongst engineers and systemic solution experts to talk about India’s last mile problem. It applies to roads, power plants, and pretty much any type of construction, they will say. By Shoba Narayan | LiveMint Indian workmen will work diligently and dutifully through the project. At the last mile, when things are to…

The Glory of the Gara

Part of every Parsi bride’s trousseau, the gara sari is an enchanted garden of visual delight Author: Saloni Madan | Source: Deccan Chronicle A thing of beauty is a joy forever/ Its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness. John Keat’s poem, Endymion, may have received scathing criticism back then from critics for narrating…