The hanging grandeur – Tassels

Tassels have their way back in history, from Mughals adorning an array of tassels supplemented with their jewellery and even home décor to the Maharashtrian Nomads using it to woo away the evil eye. Earlier, these were to assert supremacy and royalty, and distinguish individuals on the basis of wealth and power. Tassels or ‘latkan’ are no more a status symbol. Instead they have become a mainstream decorative accessory for various specifications like home décor, footwear, men and women clothing and so on. Of course the designs and the tackles used are substantially distinctive.

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The way the tassel clings and prettifies an ensemble is what we are talking about exactly. So which are the ensembles that are adored with this amazing hanging grandeur? The four ends of the dupattas, the end of the back string of a blouse, a kameez/anarkali, or the two ends of a saree pallu. They are made of beads, sequins, and fringes. But with the innovation, ‘latkan’ or a tassle can be in any shape or size.

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Traditsiya, too, has used this splendid piece of accessory in many of the anarkalis. The two layered anarkali adorned with heavy zardosi embroidery created with Italian net saw the tassels made out of beads covered with cloth of the same colour as the anarkali. Another shaded Italian net bedecked with very opulent diamond cut work, a new form of embroidery wherein the patches that are without embroidery are cut off from between the entire patch, is embellished with the tassels on the end of the dupatta. Crafted with gold beads coupled with bottle green beads to go with the entire attire.

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 The new collection of Traditsiya will also see a lot of use of tassels/latkans used and fashioned in various forms. Stay glued to witness the entire collection very soon.

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DIY- Hair Bows

We, girls, love everything cute. And why not, it’s our birthright to do so, isn’t it? Hell yeah! And when it comes to cute little bows, we can’t resist but have more and more of them.

We are here to help you indulge yourself more into this cuteness by teaching you how to make these cute bows on your own!

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Take your favorite fabric or you can even take a piece of your mum’s old saree or dupatta, which would surely make an interesting bow. Cut the fabric in rectangle shape, you can have it in whatever size you want to, depending on how big or small you want your bow to be.

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Fold inwards all the four sides of the fabric and be sure to have your pointer finger holding the center of the folding.

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Crease the center of the rectangular folded fabric to make it look like a bow.

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Now with the help of a cross-stitch thread (if you do not have a cross-stitch thread, you can always use a normal thread) and a needle, stitch the center where you have creased the fabric. Make sure to have several stitches to secure all the four sides.

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Cut the same fabric or a contrast colour fabric in a thin rectangle shape and tri-fold it.

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Now stitch the thin rectangle strip into a loop, tight enough to fit in the center of the bow.

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Step 9-

Check if it fits perfectly, if it’s a little loose, then cut off the extra end.

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When the loop is ready, slip it into the crease. If you are scared of it slipping out, stick it at the bottom.

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Yayyy, the bow is ready. It can’t wait to get in your hair. You can always stick a rubber band or a tic-tac clip 😀

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DIY- Skin Clearing Face Mask

How often has your mum told you to throw away that acne cream and warned you of getting more pimples and acne, in return putrefying your skin even more. We have a natural alternative for you, and the icing on the cake is that, it will be free of cost. Yes, girlies, do your happy dance 😀

All you need to do is blend a mixture of the following ingredients –

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  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dry coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 teaspoon Indian gooseberry (Karauda)
  • 5 teaspoons of powder of green gram lentil(Hare chane ki daal) mixed with curd and lemon.
  • Add few drops of water if required

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Apply this concoction on your face and rub it gently in circular motions and let it dry. Wait for 10-15 mins and wash it off. This is a perfect all-rounder face pack consisting benefits of four different face masks- turmeric is the best antiseptic to keep your skin free from germs and bacterias, coriander will help you against pimples and the very stubborn balckheads, sandalwood helps skin glow from the inside and brightens and Indian gooseberry helps to firm and tone your skin, thus, helping you in the long run.

We are sure your mum is going to love you for this one.

DIY: Natural-looking Curls

You love curls, but your hair is not naturally curly? Tired of the curling irons doing consistent damage to your hair? We have a non-damage alternative to your problem. ‘Rag-rolling’ it is called! To get the look of naturally curled hair, not making it look artificial (I hate the look of artificial looking Barbie-like curls) this is all you will need- a fabric cut into rectangle shape, a comb and water, preferably a water spray bottle. Too little to ask for, isn’t it!

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Step 1- Damp the bottom of your hair that you plan on rolling. Preferably, dampen it with the help of a spray bottle. With the help of a comb, section a small part of your hair and twist and roll that section into the rectangular fabric and tie the fabric strip.

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Step 2- Section a part of your hair again, and keep repeating twisting and rolling, till the entire bottom is wrapped up. Don’t tie the fabric too hard to make you feel uncomfortable.

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Step 3- After you have rolled up your entire bottom part of your hair, it is preferred that you sleep over it at night and open it the next day when you are heading out, for the perfect natural curls. Or you can just leave it for 3-4 hours and open it later.

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Now you can have that raw natural curled look by just following these simple steps. Try it out!

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