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Winning in White

Clean. Crisp. Classic. These are but a few traits associated with the color white. White has a purity, a free-flowing, almost ethereal quality that has ensured its permanent place in fashion and style sensibilities through various cultures throughout the ages. A lady in white is radiant, elegant and a vision of pure grace. Is it any wonder then that white is the color of choice for the Christian bride on the biggest day of her life? Or that in Bengal and Kerala, two states in India that are associated with ancient and vibrant cultures, women wear white on festival days and other auspicious occasions? If it is white with fiery red for the Bengalis, it is white with muted gold...

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5 Ways to Drape a Saree at an Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are vibrant, dynamic and often overwhelmingly dramatic productions much like Indian movies which are often a key influence in most aspects of Indian life. They are stunningly beautiful as evidenced by the gorgeous jewel-toned tapestries, reams and reams of  of glorious silks, gauzy chiffons and georgettes embellished with gold and silver zari, kundan and sequin-work; dazzling gold and diamond jewelry and vibrant cornucopias of garden blooms-  a dazzling melange of sights, sounds and flavors and huge gatherings of friends and family all united by love and a vibrant culture that is one of the oldest and most fascinating in the world! Indian weddings in the United States are a cultural-commingling that combines the finest elements of the colorful...

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When Bollywood Went Banarasi

When Rekha, as the doomed Umrao, with her luminous kohl-rimmed eyes danced her way into our hearts in a flash of red and gold brocade, it was a poignant moment of cinematic history we will never forget. When Aishwarya Rai blazed through the screen glowing infinitely brighter than the burning lamp ensconced in her delicate hands in Devdas, our hearts heaved a collective sigh.... When a radiant Vidya Balan, her face, fresh as the morning dew, stared impishly at a visibly smitten Saif in Parineeta, she took our breaths away just as she did his.... And then there was Priyanka Chopra as the regal Kashibai, the wife of the great Peshwa Bajirao, resplendent in her dazzling Paithani and nathni, the very epitome of...

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