Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga – Indian National Flag

About Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga – The Tricolour (National Flag of India) on the Indian Independence Day. I couldn’t think of a better day to start posting traditional textiles series.

Namaste Dear Tantu Reader,

I always wonder what interesting is left there if all the people around the world wear same type of clothing. What if all the birds were parrots? Would we like to watch only parrots all around? Wouldn’t we also love to watch sparrows, pigeons, peacocks, crows and all? I believe every culture has designed its unique clothing style based on the geographical factors and also based on their cultural beliefs. There is a scientific art behind every tradition. And every regional clothing tradition is invaluable contribution of our ancestors to the world of textiles and fashion.

To know and to share more about traditional textiles and clothing is one of my strongest desires since I thought of starting my blog. That fine day has come! This is my first post about textiles. I’m very much excited to start with Indian National Flag, Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga or The Tricolour :)

About Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga

Trivarna Dwaja or Tiranga is India’s National Flag that has India saffron, white and India green coloured equal sized horizontal bands along with a navy blue Ashoka chakra (wheel) of 24 equidistant spokes at the centre of it, as we all know. This Tricolour Flag of 2:3 proportions was adopted on 22nd July 1947.

Significance of Tiranga as described by Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s first Vice President and second President, is as follows:

Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga Making

Tiranga is to be made of hand spun and hand woven cotton or silk fabric called khadi. The manufacturing process and specifications follow the standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission owns the right to manufacture the flag. Initially, the flag was manufactured only at Dharwad Taluk Kshetriya Seva Sangh, Garag. Today, a handful of organisations like the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha of Hubli also manufacture the flag for entire India as per the allocation by Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission. Kannadigas, we have many reasons to be proud of our Dharwad and Hubli!

As per BIS, the specifications for the manufacture of the Indian flag includes flag sizes, dye colour, chromatic values, brightness, thread count, fabric weight, stitches per inch and hemp cordage. If you are interested to know the specific details, please check Flag of India. Any defects in the manufacturing may result in punishments too.

Designer of Indian National Flag

Remembering the designer of Indian national flag, Pingali Venkayyaji on the eve of Indian independence day…

Designer of Indian National Flag - Pingali Venkayya

Designer of Indian National Flag – Pingali Venkayya

Let’s hope we would be able to nourish all the traditional textiles and clothing across India…

Pyara Tiranga is flying high…

Happy Independence Day to all the Indian Readers of Tantu!


Read more about Indian National Flag here: History of Indian Tricolor

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Fashionable Moments of IOFW/JOFW 2014

Yami Gautam (Centre) celebrity mentor at Jabong Online Fashion Week

Yami Gautam (Centre) celebrity mentor at Jabong Online Fashion Week

The first ever shop-able Indian online fashion week, Jabong Online Fashion Week ended officially. It was on 30th of July, the Wow moments of India Online Fashion Week finale took place at Hotel Le Meridian, Delhi. The event was a huge success in the presence of Mr. Praveen Sinha (Founder and Managing Director –, Mr. Arun Mehra (CEO, Talenthouse India) and Ms. Rashmi Virmani (Show Director, IOFW), cine celebrities like Yami Gautam and Aditya Roy Kapoor. You know IOFW is a milestone in Indian fashion if you have been reading about IOFW in my previous posts here, here and here.

Don’t say you missed it friend! Did you really miss it? Oops! Hmm… Don’t worry. The fashion Show is still available on where you can shop the look in the mean time. Just click on the dropdown menu JOFW TV scrolling over Live Stream n Shop as directed in the image below. You can also shop your favourite looks directly on


Some Notable Creations of JOFW Winners

As the juries mentioned, the collections of JOFW are amazingly awesome and trendy. I have some chosen designs to show you that are my top favourites showcased below.

DIR 69 by Tanu Bagai

DIR 69 by Tanu BagaiClassic and trendy, aren’t they? I found DIR 69 by Tanu Bagai’s collection on JOFW as a very stylish yet wearable collection. Use of different hues and embellishments have created feminine look.

Shreya Mistry

Shreya.MistryShreya Mistry’s JOFW collection creates iconic look styled with mesmerising check patterns giving a chic appearance. The designs are definite to set trends.

Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal Chauhan

Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal ChauhanIsn’t Bhootsavar by Nitin Bal Chauhan with distinctive look? Bhootsavar features quirky prints and trendy look for the youth. The outfits suit the best for outgoing teens who like a feminine touch in what they wear.

Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & Siddhartha

Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & SiddharthaStylish and uber trendy collections of Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & Siddhartha would steal the hearts of fashionable men. Dear men, go for it!

Azalea by Aditi Gupta

Azalea by Aditi GuptaGorgeous black and gold beauty is what I can describe the JOFW collection of Azalea by Aditi Gupta. Distinct fashionable look of the beautifully embellished silhouettes are graceful. The details are pretty and emphasising.


Piquancy DesignsPiquancy Designs win with the interesting prints that impart a feminine feel in the JOFW collection. The outfits are fashionable and super-trendy too.

Swagger by Saj

Swagger By SajSuper glamorous look of Swaggar by Saj collection of JOFW is full of grace. Designs are unique with attractive detailing.


ThreesomeThreesome of JOFW is truely awesome! The attires create very stylish and bold fashion statement with stunning design and pattern. The prints are eye-catching. The eccentric, iconic and feminine look makes it a trendsetter among the youngsters for sure!

Rajdeep Ranawat

Rajdeep RanawatTraditional yet stylish look and beautiful combination of contrasts in the JOFW collection of Rajdeep Ranawat is really attractive. Beautiful necklines and interesting detailing makes the collection a glamorous one. The collection exhibits a vibrant mix of different hues. Totally, the collection is a visual treat.

ANS by Astha & Siddarth

ANS by Astha & SiddarthI believe, ANS by Astha & Siddarth’s collection on JOFW is unique of all with classic hand block prints, vivid cum vibrant colour schemes and exclusive silhouettes. The classic yet bold statement is what appealed me the most.

So, that was some designs I picked up to show you. Aren’t they gorgeous? Which ones do you like? Wanna buy them? Just login to Jabong and buy through now!


Will come with another post tomorrow! Till then, take care!




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IOFW – Fall Festive Collection 2014 – Quick Update

If you have read my recent posts about IOFW here and here, you know that India Online Fashion Week has already begun on 25th July.India Online Fashion Week

More exciting is that 5 designers’ collections would be launched today 28th July, on the 4th day of IOFW! The designers who would present their collection are:

  • Aastha Bahl
  • ANS by Astha & Siddharth
  • Dressology by Amit Arora
  • Threesome
  • Sidharth K Kakkar

Aastha bahl’s collection is live on IOFW website right now! I loved the pretty prints she has used. The outfits best suit Indian lifestyle.

Aastha Bahl’s collection in her own words:

The collection includes geometry inspired fabric manipulation, surface textures, embroidery and prints in a collection that is fresh, wearable, chic and affordable. The collection is bright and made for the modern-day women.

Wanna watch the collection? Just go to If you love them, you can buy them right now on!

Note that the five designers’ collections are scheduled to be online (Indian Timings) in the following orders at 1 and 1/2 hours intervals – (1) 12 noon, (2) 1:30 PM, (3) 3:00 PM, (4) 4:30 PM and (5) 6:00 PM

Keep watching IOFW to catch the latest of it and buy your Fall Festive attires from IOFW!

Five more designers’ collections will be unveiled tomorrow, 29th July:

  • ILK by Vinita &Shikha
  • Piquancy
  • Swagger by Saj
  • Armaan & Aiman
  • Timsy & Siddhartha

Last but not least 5 more designers’ collections that would be online on 3oth July are:

  • Azalea by Aditi Gupta
  • Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal Chauhan
  • DIR 69 by Tanu Bagai
  • Shreya Mistry
  • Rajdeep Ranawat

Finale event would be on on 30th July.

BTW, I have two exclusive outfits designed by two IOFW designers for you-

ILK by Vinita & Shikha - Collection Preview

ILK by Vinita & Shikha – Collection Preview

Rajdeep Ranawat - Collection Preview

Rajdeep Ranawat – Collection Preview

Wow! Aren’t they? I hope you wouldn’t miss watching them!

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IOFW – Mentors, Auditions, Winners and more!

When India Online Fashion Week was launched on 12th May 2014, it awoke dreams of many budding designers, models, fashion photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists. IOFW aimed to provide a platform for the talented artists. Not forgetting that IOFW has aroused interest in us, the fashionistas about the esteemed shop-able online fashion week. Hope you remember my post about IOFW.

The willing participants were invited to submit their portfolios by 22nd June. Qualified artists were invited for auditions in New Delhi on July 1st and 2nd.

IOFW Models – Juries and Top 20 Winners

Models give life to what designers create. Out of the stream of models who showed willingness, Jabong jury members screened them and further short listing was done based on online voting. 70 short listed models were invited for audition! Imagine the rush!

Model audition took place on 1st of July. The mentors who judged 20 top models out of 70 shortlisted models list were the famous Rashmi Virmani, Carol Gracias and Samant Chauhan.

IOFW - Mentors and Juries for Model Audition

IOFW – Mentors and Juries for Audition of Models

The top 20 models who would walk the ramp in IOFW are:

Sharon Fernandes, Priyanka Guasin, Tanya Malviya, Arlette Evita Grao, Aishwarya Singh, Namrata Shetty, Farah Hussain, Anamika Benn, Priyasha Chowdhury, Jyotpriya Sud, Heena Bhalla, Khushboo Kankan, Neetika Singh, Ritu Chauhan, Aastha Ssidana, Nikita Yadav, Raghu Katal, Saib Noor Ud Din, Ravi Goswami and Himanshu Chhabra.

IOFW Models

IOFW Models

Visit this link to know more about the Top 20 IOFW Models.

IOFW Photographers – Juries, Audition and Top 5 Winners

Photographers create a unique impact of what they capture. It is not different in the case of fashion photographers. The final stage of IOFW fashion photographers hunt took place on 1st July. The renowned jury members – Akash Das, Sushmendra Dubey and Hemant Khendilwal had real challenge in judging top 5 IOFW photographers out of the competitive 20 entries shortlisted by online voting and by juries of IOFW.

IOFW - Mentors and Juries for Photographer Audition

IOFW – Mentors and Juries for Audition of Photographers

The determining 5 winning photographers out of 20 short listed ones are…… Abhishek Kharkar, Ashish Gurbani, Jayavanti Loundo, Monisha Ajgaonkar and Riddhi Parekh.

IOFW Photographers

IOFW Photographers

Read more about the Top 5 IOFW Photographers here.

IOFW Make-up Artists and Hairstylists – Juries, Audition and Top Winners

The make-up artist and hairstylists add colours to the models and thus enhancing what designers have presented through their creations. IOFW had invited 15 screened artists for audition on 2nd of July. The participants were lucky to get guidance of the juries.

Rod Anker and Samantha Kochhaar, being well-known artists themselves, finalised the top 5 artists for make-up and hair styling each.

IOFW - Mentors and Juries for Audition of Make-up and Hairstyle Artists

IOFW – Mentors and Juries for Audition of Make-up and Hairstyle Artists

And the Top 5 Make-up Artists of IOFW are: Riya Vashist, Vipin Arora, Shweta Gaur, Pallavi Sehgal and Dishita Solanki.

IOFW Make-up Artists

IOFW Make-up Artists

IOFW Hairstylists

IOFW Hairstylists

Click here and here to know more about them.

IOFW Designers – Juries, Audition and Top Winners

Designers are those who make our lives lively. India, having a rich tradition in clothing, has given birth to creative, talented and dedicated designers. Proving this, are the mentors and the winners of IOFW…

It was on 2nd July esteemed jury members Dr Darlie Koshy and Poonam Bhagat took audition of the 27 short listed designers and decided the Top 15 IOFW Designers.

IOFW - Mentors and Juries for Audition of Designers

IOFW – Mentors and Juries for Audition of Designersf

Top 15 deserving designers who will be taking part in IOFW are…

Aastha Bahl, Aditi Gupta, ANS – Aastha & Siddharth, Armaan & Aiman, Dressology by Amit Arora, Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal Chauhan, Rajdeep Ranawat, Sajid Dhar – Swagger by Saj, Piquancy by Sarthak Gandhi, Shreya Mistry, Sid Kakkar, Tanu Bagai – DIR 69, Threesome, Timsy & Siddharth and ILK by Vineeta & Shikha.

IOFW Designers

IOFW Designers

Want to read about them? Check here.

Read more about the auditions here:

Esteemed Jury and Celebrity Mentors for #IOFW revealed that it was a tough task to decide the finalists. Having noted the hold of the mentors in their field, eager to know about the talent and professionalism of the IOFW participants we are going to watch during IOFW!

Jabong presents India Online Fashion Week will unveil the most awaited Fall Festive Collection 2014 from tomorrow, that is from 25th July onwards. Watch IOFW on TV only on their media partner NDTV Goodtimes & get exclusive news on their radio partner BIG 92.7 FM. Lets enjoy the first Online India fashion Week with Revlon India being IOFW make-up partner,  ZIVEG as the accessories partner & hair styling partner Philips India. I am very much curious. What about you?

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Upcycling Saris into Quilted Blanket cover

This is a DIY tutorial post with general instructions for making quilted blanket cover using used saris and thus is a recycling project too.

Namaste and hello Dear Tantu readers!

Hope you are doing great! Its long since I shared some DIY tutorial with you. It’s finally raining in Pune and that made me think of making a quilted blanket cover. Same is in front of you today as a tutorial!

Quilted Blanket Cover

This is a blanket cover that is done using some techniques of quilting. This blanket cover is for a double blanket of about 82″x90″ size. Beginners please note, this is not a DIY for making a quilt in true form. (After reading a comment from one of my reader, I felt I need to clarify this as I must not mislead any one.)

Quilted Blanket Cover made by Recycling Saris

Quilted Blanket Cover made by Upcycling Saris

We were gifted a beautiful fuzzy blanket almost two years ago, which we have been using during winter. It becomes so heavy when dipped in water that washing becomes very difficult. So, I had to make a light and washable cover for that. I took used cotton and voile saris for making a quilted cover. Just yesterday I completed this quilted blanket cover, which I was busy making for last 6 days.


Saris for Upcycling and QuiltingI took a parrot green cotton sari with orange border for the front part. I decided to use a mixed coloured floral printed voile sari for quilting on top of this parrot green sari. A pale orange voile sari with pale green border was chosen for the back part. A dark sap green voile sari with large floral prints in white looked apt for edging of the cover.

Matching Colour ThreadsI ensured that I have all the matching coloured threads. Yes, that is the blanket which I wanted to cover.

How Did I Make The Quilted Blanket Cover?

I measured the length (L) and width (W) of the blanket. I needed one whole sari for one side. Comparing the lengths and widths of the saris with that of the blanket, I decided to make 16 parts for one side of the cover. I got length (l) and width (w) of these 16 parts by following calculation:

l = (L/4) + 2cm seam allowance

w = (W/4) + 2cm seam allowance

I made some plans for quilting. But, soon I realised that the borders of the saris will not allow me to be much creative.

I took the parrot green sari for the front side. Since the saris I took had 2w width, I could get 2 parts widthwise and since the sari length was 8l + pallu, I could get 8 parts lengthwise. So, I could cut 16 parrot green parts excluding pallu.

Similarly, I made 16 pale orange parts ready with l length and w width for the back side.

I took the mixed coloured printed sari for hiding the orange border in the parrot green parts. I made random lengthwise cuts so that I can hide the border and create some abstract design. I used the dark pink border of the sari to create some interesting points. This design inspired by the Hop! Skip! Jump! Quilt from my Sew Red book. Sorry! No photos, I am not sure if I am permitted share the same. I stitched them randomly as shown in one of the parts.

Quilt in Making

A Quilted Part

I joined the four parts in each row and then joined the four rows together. Thus, I joined all the 16 parrot green parts together.

Quilt Cover Front Part

Quilted Front Part of The Cover

In the same way, I joined the 16 pale orange parts. I left the dark sap green border as it is since it will be the back part.

I cut the dark sap green printed sari into about 15cm wide lengthwise stripes. They were folded halfway twice. These were to be used as edging.

Binding Strips for EdgingI placed the right sides of front (parrot green) and back (pale orange) of the cover facing each other. Keeping the sap green edging strip in between the front and back edges (where I had to join them together), I joined them together in three sides. The fourth sides (that had to be kept as openings) were also edged using same sap green strips.

Quilt - Front n Back Together

Quilt – Front n Back Together

Thus, quilted blanket cover is ready. I laid the blanket inside this cover. I tacked at random points so that it remains firm.

Folded Quilted Cover with Finished Edge

Folded Quilted Cover with Finished Edge

And, I enjoyed making my first quilting project (after some samples done when I was a student) and recycling saris!


So, my Dear Reader, how’s it? Have you done quilting so far? If not, will you give a try? Do you think this tutorial is useful?

Take care!
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IOFW – India Online fashion Week – Start of New fashion Era?

A post about IOFW or India Online Fashion Week, a promising step by to bring the aspiring fashion designers to the fashion enthusiasts. 

What is IOFW?India Online Fashion Week

IOFW is the acronym for ‘India Online Fashion Week’ an initiative by the fashion giant for customers to reach out to designer wears. Yes, you read it right. It is an online fashion event, which is the first of its kind. IOFW is the first shop-able fashion week in the world. I am much excited as I can watch it live sitting at home and can shop meantime too! Very much interesting, isn’t it?

What’s special about IOFW?

India Online Fashion Week Itself is Special!

This concept of online fashion week itself is new in the world. This fashion week can be watched online. We can ‘shop-the-look’ as and when we are watching it! The collections are available for purchase on one and only :)

Shop Designer Wears Online Through -‘Launch, Showcase & Sell’

As the new collection is launched, soon it is showcased on your ultimate fashion stop and sold to you. Thus, in ‘zero’ time, you will get access to the latest brand designer collection anywhere on your fingertips through IOFW!

Newness from Upcoming Talents

Fashion is the other name for novelty. IOFW brings fresh designs to you by recognising new potential designers and by presenting them to you.

Recognition and Platform for Talent

Budding designers, models, photographers and hairstylist/make-up artists across India are given opportunity to meet their prospective customers through India Online Fashion Week. – One who’s behind IOFW?

JabongIOFW is an initiative by, one of the top online destinations for fashion that is loved and followed by about 2.65 million people on facebook. The motive behind this India Online fashion Week is to make designer wears reach the customers faster than ever before. This event serves as a platform for new talents in designing, modelling, fashion photography and hairstyle/make-up artists.

When Will IOFW be Taking Place?

This India Online fashion Week, the world’s first online shop-able fashion week, is scheduled to be held from July 25 – July 30 2014. IOFW is aimed to reach millions of people through The artists across four broad categories – designers, models, fashion photographers, and hairstylists and makeup artists have already applied for the competition. Currently, registration is closed and voting is live on IOFW. IOFW will also launch a Fall Festive collection of prêt and party designs.


  • Innovative Fashion show

launchpad for aspiring Designers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Fashion Photographers

  • Winning Designers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists & Fashion Photographers will be groomed by a Celebrity mentor
  • Collection displayed at IOFW will be sold on giving artists across categories a once in a life time opportunity.

I am thrilled by the very idea of India Online fashion Week. I am eagerly looking forward to 25th July to make this fashion feast a successful one! I am hoping that this online shop-able fashion show would be the first step towards bringing fashion close to all the fashion enthusiasts and start of new fashion era. Keeping hopes alive, I request all the Tantu readers not to miss 25th – 30th July, 2014 and to taste the trending shop-able fashion show and share with us!


What do you think about this innovative online shop-able fashion week? Let us know your views.

Take care!
Bye until the next post!


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Methods of Taking Measurements

This post is to introduce the systems of measurement for garment making like measurements from direct system, divisional system and sample garment. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

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I have always been enthusiastic about fashion designing. Learning never ends. As I keep researching and gathering more about body measurements, pattern making, pattern cutting and sewing; I get more and more thrilled.

Method of garment making is influenced by the traditional methods and preferences. Tantu is read by the people of about 140 countries across the world. All I can say, garment making varies from place to place.

You know, we have started dressmaking basics series after receiving requests from enthusiasts. The first post in the series was about Measuring Yourself Accurately For Good Fit. Let us know about the systems of measurement before we move to taking measurements. As much as I know so far, there are three systems for taking measurements:

  1. Direct system of measurement

Taking measurements directly on the figure is the simplest way. When following this system, almost all the measurements are directly measured. This system is used for dressmaking, which involves simpler construction method.

  1. Divisional system of measurement

As the name suggests, one or two important measurements are used to get required measurements. Bust measurement and/or height are used for this system of measurement. Divisional system is used in tailoring for tailored garments. Tailoring needs skill and experience. This system is uncommon in India, except for industrial use.

  1. Taking measurements from a sample

This is the most widely used method in India by the dressmakers. It is important to check the fit of the sample garment if the fitting is satisfactory. If you are a dressmaker, this is a must as it is you who will be cursed when the dress you have made doesn’t fit nicely.

More to add:

I am not sure that there are only three systems of measurement. I have excluded standard measurement charts from the list as they are usually edited for good fit. I would like to add that entire process from taking measurements till dressmaking slightly differs from place to place. As an Indian, I can tell that Indian and western methods are not alike. I am sure, cultural uniqueness can also be noted in dressmaking too. This post is open for all the Tantu readers from across the world to add any information about the systems of measurement. What say friend?

I am waiting for more interesting facts about systems of measurement across the world :) Of course, this post is a part of dressmaking basics series. You can add up any unique dressmaking style as we move on to new topics.

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DIY Tutorial: Kundan Jewellery

A tutorial of making inexpensive and easy party wear kundan jewellery set for beginners.

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As a fashion design lecturer, I needed some fashionable jewellery for every event in our college. As I wanted to be unique every time, buying onetime wear jewellery for not less than 500INR was not worth. Wearing expensive gold jewellery for a college event didn’t make sense to me. Then I decided to make inexpensive costume jewellery. When I do so, being in a creative field, I could encourage my students to make their own jewellery too.

Today, we will see how to make a kundan costume jewellery set that I had illustrated here. This post is based on the request of Swarovski Rings UK.

Kundan Jewellery Set

Kundan Junk Jewellery Close-up View

Kundan Junk Jewellery Close-up View

Budget:                               Within 75 INR

Time Required:                 1-2 Hours

Skill Level:                         Easy

What You Need:

  • Large Purple Kundan (slightly more than 1/4 inch diameter, round shape)
33 pieces for necklace, 6 pieces for ear hangings
  • Small Purple Kundan (about 1/4 inch diameter, round shape)
  • Blue Kundans (about 1/2 inch diameter round shape)
  • Pink Kundans of Tear Shape
  • Jump rings silver or golden as per choice:
about 110 for necklace, 20 for ear hangings
  • A pair of Hook and eye; or an adjustable braided tying cord
  • Ear wires

Note: You may use pliers to hold and shape the jump rings. Use of pliers speeds up the process.

How to make the necklace?

  1. Take a small purple kundan. Join a pink tear shaped kundan with a jump ring. Make 11+11+5 similar hangings.

    Kundan Hangings for Necklace

    Step 1: Kundan Hangings for Necklace

  2. Take 33 big purple kundans. Make a long chain of them using 32 jump rings. Leaving 4 kundans on each end and leaving the 5 kundans at the centre, join the 11+11 hangings (mentioned in 1st step) using jump rings. This makes the necklace chain.
    Kundan Necklace Chain without hangings

    Step 2: Kundan Necklace Chain without hangings

     Kundan Necklace Chain With Hangings

    Step 2: Kundan Necklace Chain With Hangings

  3. Make a chain of 9 jump rings. Now take 3 hangings from remaining hangings made in step 1. Join them to 3rd, 5th and 7th jump ring in the jump ring chain. This will be the centre piece hanging.
  4. Take 4 bluekundans. Join them using 3 jump rings. Now take the centre piece hanging made in step 3. Join the two sides of the centre piece hanging to the first jump ring and third jump ring of blue kundan chain. Thus centre piece is ready.

    Kundan Necklace Centre Piece Making

    Step 3 & 4: Kundan Necklace Centre Piece Making

  5. Do you remember we had left the centre of necklace without hangings? Now join the centre piece made in step 4, along with remaining 2 hangings to the necklace centre using jump rings as shown below.

    Kundan Costume Jewellery - Neck Piece Centre Part

    Step 5: Kundan Costume Jewellery – Neck Piece Centre Part

  6. Finally, join the necklace to an adjustable braided cord.

     Joining Adjustable Braided Cord

    Step 6: Joining Adjustable Braided Cord

  7. Kundan necklace is ready.

Making ear hangings

Kundan Ear Hanging Making

Kundan Ear Hanging Making

  1. Take 3 big purple kundans. Make a triangular structure using 4 jump rings as shown. Add extra jump ring to each jump ring/s.
  2. Take 3 blue kundans. Join them using 2 jump rings and make a chain. Join the 2 kundans at the side to 2 consecutive extra jump rings in the triangular structure made in above step.
  3. Take a jump ring. Add it to the remaining 3rd extra jump ring. Add a blue kundan to it which in turn is joined to an ear wire.
  4. Repeat all the above steps to make another ear hanging.

Thus Kundan Costume Jewellery is ready to wear!Kundan Costume Jewellery Set


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How To Measure Yourself Accurately For Good Fit?

Find useful tips for taking accurate measurements yourself and some facts about achieving better fitting in your garments. This post puts light on the measuring systems used in dressmaking and tailoring. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

Namaste my dear Tantu Enthusiast!

How are you? I am doing good, peeping thought the window to see the moody Pune sky and anticipating some rain. Yes, yes! I have a lot to say about some rarely known fact about taking body measurements before actually talking about taking measurements. Let me share the happiness with you, this is the first post in the dressmaking basics series as I had promised about some tutorial posts for you in the last post. Dear Bunny, I had thought of dressmaking basics series only after receiving your requests :) So, thank you!

Tape measure with metric and imperial measurement units

Important things to remember while getting measured:

We all have let our dressmakers and/or tailors to take our measurements. And hundreds of times scolded them for improper fitting. But, do you know, most of the times it is because of inaccurately noted measurements? So, today, let us see how to take exact measurements so that we increase the possibility of better fitting in your dress.

Be happy and healthy

Don’t force yourself to get measured when you are hungry or sad or ill. You are likely to put on or lose weight when you get well. So get well first. Your mood influences the accuracy of measurements. Because, when you are in good mood, you are more comfortable and normal. Thus, you can stand normally.

Be Free

Yes, you need to be free to stand normally (not too erect not too free) to get properly measured.

Stand in front of a mirror

Ah! Who doesn’t want to stand in front of a mirror? And don’t ask about ladies!!! Standing in front of a full-size or three-quarter size mirror helps you to keep your posture normal. It also helps you and the measurer to avoid any possible mistakes in measuring.

Wear nothing

Are you feeling awkward and cursing me? Experts say so! I know, it is impossible for most of us unless we are measuring ourselves. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes. It is must to wear right sized and rightly shaped inner wears beneath your closely fitting and comfortable garment.

I suggest you to wear good inner wears instead of wearing nothing when you are measuring yourself as good inner wears add good shapes.

Open up.

Ask any doubts you have. Seek out the measurer’s help for any problems. It helps the dress makers to identify and solve if any.

How to measure yourself?

You know yourself the best. You know what suits you and what not. You know the deviations you have, if any. You know which styles comfort you and which you would like to give a try. If you want to seek experts’ help also follow your instincts to finalise. Choose the design. Take required measurements accordingly.

  • Make sure that you are following all the above mentioned points. i.e., Be happy and healthy. Be Free. Stand in front of a mirror. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes.
  • Take measurements in a comfortable order and record them in a systematic way. Take measurement every time you are buying/making/getting made a dress if possible, to be more accurate. Compare the previous records every time to note any changes.
  • Take a tape measure that is flexible. Yard sticks can only be used for measuring your height.

Tips for accurate measuring for good fit

  • Let the measuring tape be straight and firm while measuring. It should not hang down or stretch.
  • Always place your index finger and middle finger beneath the tape next to the body while taking girth (=round the body parts) measurements. This is to add minimum ease.
  • You can use metric system (centimetres) or imperial system (non-metric system, i.e., inches). For more accuracy, metric system is preferred than inches. As a fashion design student, I was taught to follow metric system. In India, dressmakers usually use inches.
  • Take measurement twice in case of any confusion.

Always try to follow most of the points listed here. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? Hope this post serves you the best! Please share your views and any tips that are not mentioned here.

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Your Requests…

We, artists and designers, usually follow our hearts. My two blogs, TAAM & Tantu, are also driven by my heart. But, TAAM is a little more of my heart and Tantu is a little more of my brain. TAAM is purely an expression of my ideas and thoughts as a dreamer-cum-artist.

My passion for designing made me think of Tantu. Tantu was started aiming to serve the fashion enthusiasts. I was unsure of who Tantu’s readers are, what they expect and how to reach them. All I knew that I need to understand heart of Tantu’s imaginary reader. Hence, Tantu set off with a little more of my brain.

Your Requests for DIY Tutorials

My first post, magic blouse, was on making a fashionable blouse. Tantu received its first request about princess-lines on the same day from Ms. Priya Kamath. Later on, Tantu has been receiving requests on a variety of topics. Each time I receive a request, I feel the trust you have on me. Oh! I overwhelm with inexpressible happiness, when I find thanks notes in the form of comments and e-mails for the DIY tutorials in Tantu. Did I tell you that ‘making a basic pattern for sari blouse’ is the most popular post on Tantu that is viewed by hundreds of people daily?

You know, I had been on a long vacation in the month of April and it was when many of the readers placed a number of requests. These requests were scattered in e-mails and comments. So, I had to rearrange the requests folder of Tantu. I checked all the 45 posts of Tantu in past two weeks. I had triple-checked each for unanswered comment and un-noted request. Finally, I succeeded re-organising Tantu’s requests folder last week.

This re-organising process made me think of starting some Series posts. These series posts would include howto and tutorial posts. A series would be started by a day or two. I know, you are eager to know the details. Action speaks more than words, isn’t it? So keep watching…

Your DIY tutorial requests

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