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Travel the Silk Road – Marco Polo Style

Travel the Silk Road – Marco Polo Style

June 25, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

There is more than enough controversy in the tale told by Marco Polo about his journeys over the Silk Road to fill a library of books. The story spans several decades, involves exotic, mysterious, fantastical accounts of riches and wealth beyond imagination, as well as scandal and intrigue. Many scholars discount Polo’s descriptions of travelling through China. How could he not mention that the Chinese drink tea, they ask, and why was he not mentioned in the meticulous records of travelers kept by Chinese scribes, and how in the world did he miss recounting one of the most important historical... [Read the full story]

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How to Drape a Silk Sari (Saree)

How to Drape a Silk Sari (Saree)

February 11, 2010 · 1 Comment 

Six yards of sheer elegance is essentially what a silk sari is about. Because of the many beautiful draping styles, it is one of the most elegant and flattering outfits a woman can wear. The sari is an unstitched long piece of fabric (often made of luxurious silk) that can be draped in over a hundred different ways – with designers still coming up with new and inventive ways to this day. Draping a sari is an art – depending on the fabric and how well it is assembled, it can make you look 20 pounds lighter or 20 pounds heavier! A saree (sari) is worn in different ways in different states of... [Read the full story]

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Hunan China Silk Embroidery

Hunan China Silk Embroidery

February 12, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Hunan silk embroidery is undoubtedly one of the most famous of all Chinese style embroideries. Originating almost 2,000 years ago Hunan silk embroidery uses pure silk threads. This type of hand silk thread hand embroidery is used on very soft, thin rayon and other gossamer style materials. Hunan silks are perfect for collectors of fine silk as the patterns can be quite stunning. Also used as home décor and given as special gifts. The classic pattern shown here is a dragon, tiger and phoenix pattern embroidered with very traditional Chinese colors of luck and happiness. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title:... [Read the full story]

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Hunan China Silk Embroidery

Hunan China Silk Embroidery

February 12, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Hunan silk embroidery is undoubtedly one of the most famous of all Chinese style embroideries. Originating almost 2,000 years ago Hunan silk embroidery uses pure silk threads. This type of hand silk thread hand embroidery is used on very soft, thin rayon and other gossamer style materials. Hunan silks are perfect for collectors of fine silk as the patterns can be quite stunning. Also used as home décor and given as special gifts. The classic pattern shown here is a dragon, tiger and phoenix pattern embroidered with very traditional Chinese colors of luck and happiness. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title:... [Read the full story]

Fashion

Giorgio Armani Dresses Lady Gaga in Silk

Giorgio Armani Dresses Lady Gaga in Silk

May 8, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Asian News Service, May 8, 2010 – Famed Italian designer, Giorgio Armani, designed pop star, Lady Gaga’s outfit for her American Idol performance last night. For the event, Armani designed a silk mesh bodysuit with embroidered Chantilly lace, crystal and jet beading. Over that, she wore a silk organza cape that has a dark embroidered hood and finished the outfit with black, patent leather stiletto boots. “American Idol is a modern phenomenon that has captured the public’s imagination, and delivers great drama”, quoted Armani. “Dressing Lady Gaga for the Grammy Awards, the Metropolitan... [Read the full story]

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Travel the Silk Road – Part II

June 25, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Background of the Silk Road and Marco Polo: In the year 1295, a trio of bedraggled and road weary travelers rode into the city of Venice claiming to be the Polos, who had left the area 24 years before to go to China. As the Venetians scoffed in disbelief, the three men purportedly sponsored a banquet, and legend has it, tore off their ragged coats to reveal robes of silk, satin, velvet and brocade. This, all the while spilling a hidden fortune of gold and gems onto the tables. Here was proof, they said, that they not only went to China, but reaped its unimaginable riches. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title:... [Read the full story]

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How to Drape a Silk Sari (Saree)

How to Drape a Silk Sari (Saree)

Six yards of sheer elegance is essentially what a silk sari is about. Because of the many beautiful draping styles, it is one of the most elegant and flattering outfits a woman can wear. The sari is an unstitched long piece of fabric (often made of luxurious silk) that can be draped in over a hundred different ways...

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Aishwarya Rai in Gold Embroidered Silk

Aishwarya Rai in Gold Embroidered Silk

A Bollywood bombshell, Aishwarya Rai wearing a gold silk chiffon lehenga choli. Notice the handworked embroidery and heavy brocade of the blouse piece (bodice) and beautifully beaded dupatta (scarf) along the hemline. Simple and stunning… SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Aishwarya Rai in Gold Embroidered Silk", url:...

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Latest Trends in Fashion and Beauty – a Nod to Bollywood

Latest Trends in Fashion and Beauty – a Nod to Bollywood

“Bollywood” is the casual term widely used for the Mumbai based Hindi movie industry in India. Based on the decadent, opulent, yet trendy look and feel of these films, “Bollywood” or “Bollywood inspired” is also a phrase used to describe a wonderful rising trend in fashion. Rich, vibrant, bright colors...

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Bollywood Fashion – those amazing embroidered silks…

Bollywood Fashion – those amazing embroidered silks…

Bollywood fashion sets the tone for all South East Asian and much Middle Eastern fashion. In last two decades, the designers that are part of the largest film industry in the world have been shaping the fashion of Indian and Pakistani clothing. Interestingly Bollywood fashion has transcended that part of the world...

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Intricate detail in the silk skirt of a bridal lehenga choli

Intricate detail in the silk skirt of a bridal lehenga choli

This is a detailed view of the heavily worked skirt or “lehenga” or ‘chanya” of the bridal lehenga choli. As you can see the silk is beautifully worked with very traditional colors and real gold and silver threads. The beadwork is intricate and precise with each pattern having a meaning of...

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A gorgeous example of a bridal silk lehenga choli – different than a saree or sari…

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