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I love Tunics (Indian Kurtis )

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Evening beautiful people,

I hope that everyone’s been having a wonderful week.Its wonderful the way the weather seems to have changed overnight, although it was a bit to long in coming. At least the day’s are a bit longer and the sunshine seems to linger in the air just that teeny weeny bit longer.

As usual I sit here in front of the computer with my favorite partner by my side steaming away , and the lovely aroma of freshly ground cup of Mocha teasing my taste buds.

I was going through the website wondering what I would like to write about next and I saw the beautiful wool Tunics and I thought, Why not ?

We all follow fashion , being ladies and gentlemen of estimable and discernible taste and each time we see something new, we all try it out some time or another. Now Tunics have been is fashion for a while now, and I wonder if anyone has ever thought of where that fashion stemmed from.I love the thought of wearing a tunic as it cover’s up so many faults , the ungainly bumps and tyre’s that have grown over the winter period. Before you know it summer’s here and you have to do away with the thick jackets and stoles and have to try to get into your summer gear.

This is the time I love to wear a Tunic with my jeans or even wear it Indian style with the churridar or salwar . The tunics come in all lengths. Short ones to wear with jeans or trouser’s or longer. What ever your wish you have it..Jokes aside, its a very elegant piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe not only because it covers a multitude of IMG_2323.JPG(TBnew203)sins but also because it is very elegant and can be worn in different ways and for casual as well as formal occasions.

Where does this come from and what kind of fabrics can you wear as a Tunic or Kurta?The word “kurta” is originally persian (literally, “a collarless shirt”) and was first used in English in the 20th century.It was a piece of traditional clothing usually worn by males in saudi Arabia, Pakistan and India.The cut is usually very simple though it can be made as elaborate or as simple as desired.The sleeves of a traditional kurta fall straight to the wrist; they do not narrow, as do many Western-cut sleeves. Sleeves are not cuffed, just hemmed and decorated.

The front and back pieces of a simple kurta are also rectangular. The side seams are left open for 6-12 inches above the hem, which gives the wearer some ease of movement.

In the Indian subcontinent a popular style of a Kurta is the Mukatsari kurta ( from the province of Mukatsar in Punjab (India)) which is famous for its slim fitting cuts and images-15smart fit designs. It is very popular among young politicians.

A kurta is a very loose fitting shirt, similar to a Tunic . It is a traditional, unisex piece of clothing that has its origin from Middle East. A shorter version worn only by women 

called a kurti. Other countries such as Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Canada refer to the kurta as a punjabi.

A traditional kurta is collarless and falls to about the knee of the wearer. The sleeves also are loose and hang to the wrists without tapering. The main piece of the kurta is simply constructed of two rectangular pieces of fabric, one for the front and one for the back. They usually open in the front with button or tie closures in the middle of the garment or just off to one side. Occasionally, some styles feature buttons or closures at the shoulder seam instead of down the center.

Despite its long length, the kurta or kurti always is worn with some type of bottoms. It can be worn with loose pants of similar material called pajamas or salwars, and they can be worn with tighter pants called churidars. It even is acceptable to wear kurtas IMG_2397.JPG(TBnew28)with jeans. This style is especially popular with women. Kurtas typically do not have collars at all, but in recent years, a stand up Mandarin-style collar has been added to some styles purely for aesthetic reasons.

Kurtas can be quite casual or very formal depending on what material they are made of and how they are decorated. Casual summer kurtas are made of cotton or thin silk. Wool kurtas provide more warmth for the winter months. Formal kurtas can be made out of luxurious material such as heavy silk, and they might include embellishment such as elaborate embroidery and beading, especially around the hem and the opening at the front of the shirt. Removable cufflink-like buttons sometimes are used for formal occasions as well. Many South Asian tailors specialize in custom kurta designs.

The style became popular worldwide in the 1960s and 1970s as Middle Eastern cultures were embraced as part of the hippie movement. Kurtas were not seen muchin 1980’sand early 1990s beyond the normal traditional wear. They began to re-enter the fashion scene in the late 1990s and throughout the early 21st century.

The Kurta used to be the main item of clothing for the natives of Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. People wore it for different occasions copy-Logo-Totally-Bananas-Final.jpglike a festivals or or important family functions.. It could be worn as a Sherwani, pathan-dress, golband and many more. In the early days a kurta would be worn by men only. But gradually it became a very sought after piece of clothing for the ladies.

. Kurtis generally have a front opening. Some of them have buttons. The upper front portion is embroidered with threads of silk, cotton, gold, or silver threads.

Embroidery, printed designs, embellishments with beads, laces, mirrors etc. also enhance the overall look of these fashionable kurtas. Beads and mirror work are also used to embellish the garments.

The fabric used in Kurtis mainly depend upon the seasons. Summer Kurtis are made of cotton fibers or thin silk threads. These are very light weight and soft. It gives a sexy look and comfort feel. Winter kurtis are made of thicker fabric such as wool or khadi images-22silk, a thick, coarse, hand spun and handwoven mixed with other fibers. Winter Kurtis provide style, fashion along with protection from cold.

The most common fabrics used are Cotton, silks , wool, Khadi silk, Crepe, chiffons.

 

As mostly used in summers the cotton’s should be soft on the skin and allow air to pass through. Kurtis are available in array of colors, patterns, shades. These can be plain, printed or embroidered. The quality and design vary from simple to designer’s creations.

As usual on one of my trips to India, I had decided that this time I am going to go looking for the perfect tunics and jackets for Totally Bananas, so of we went to the little shops where one can buy wholesale. Now the problem there is that you can buy some awesome stuff but its not one of a kind.They are made in bulk and can be bought 50 or a 100 pieces at a go. Thats not what I was looking for and then a friend suggested that I might like to go with her to visit a guy she always bought her kurti’s from and I agreed._DSC0033

The next day we set of to the outskirts of Delhi, to a house that had at least fifteen to twenty people inside. There were children playing noisily inside and outside of the house. It was actually two rooms and there must have been three families living there together.

My friend spoke to one of the guys who was apparently expecting her , so when the greetings were over, he shoo’d all the children outside and his wife went to the other room which was a kitchen and she made us cups of sweet chai which was offered to us in tiny glasses. That done, we got down to business. He brought three huge bundles tied up in white sheets and untied them, revealing loads of tunics and Kurtis in all colors and fabrics.

Before he started opening them all I quickly told him that I was looking for something special and I would know it as soon as I saw it. He smiled and said that was alright.So we started and he kept taking out one after the other but I was not satisfied as nothing seemed like it was special. He soon started on the second bundle and then he opened up the last one. We were almost at the end and then I saw then. The last few IMG_2377.JPG(TBnew41)were in a very different fabric as compared to the ones I had just seen. It was in a Jersey wool fabric and had some really interesting embroidery around the neck and sleeves.

I asked him then if they could be made to my specifications and he said that anything was possible.So I gave him my ideas and a week before I was leaving India he brought them over to me. I must say that I was very pleased with the way they turned out . They look gorgeous and they feel soft and warm and supple on the skin.They have been very popular with my buyers, I must say.. If you check out the website you will see that I have the pure wool jackets fully hand embroidered as well as the jersey wool tunics or Kurtis as we call them in hindi..

On this note I shall bid you adieu and a very lovely evening as I go sit with my son and watch Iron Man 3 and finish my delicious cup of Cappuccino..