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Inexpensive (ready-made / off the rack) cotton kurti from Mumbai - embroidery with tiny mirrors - slightly above knee length - worn over leggings or churidar. Looks good on all body shapes especially those of us blessed with more curves.  Although tailored clothing is the preferred choice in India, there are plenty of ready-made options available. Tailored clothing is cheaper in India than many other countries - benefits are a better fit, custom designs/styles, and your fabric choice.

Inexpensive (ready-made / off the rack) cotton kurti from Mumbai - embroidery with tiny mirrors - slightly above knee length - worn over leggings or churidar. Looks good on all body shapes especially those of us blessed with more curves. Although tailored clothing is the preferred choice in India, there are plenty of ready-made options available. Tailored clothing is cheaper in India than many other countries - benefits are a better fit, custom designs/styles, and your fabric choice.

Traditional Indian Clothing - Saree Palloo - the traditional saree is usually 6 yards of fabric that is draped, pleated and pinned. The final part of the saree (known as the palloo) worn styled over the shoulder - designer Satya Paul

Traditional Indian Clothing - Saree Palloo - the traditional saree is usually 6 yards of fabric that is draped, pleated and pinned. The final part of the saree (known as the palloo) worn styled over the shoulder - designer Satya Paul

Traditional bandhani print on textiles (silks, cotton, etc.) from Rajasthan (India) - sarees, salwars, duppattas, scarves, ...

Traditional bandhani print on textiles (silks, cotton, etc.) from Rajasthan (India) - sarees, salwars, duppattas, scarves, ...

Beautiful Kanjeevaram silk saree from Nalli in Malleswaram (Bangalore, India) - gift from my husband - new style with different patterns on body, pleats & palloo

Beautiful Kanjeevaram silk saree from Nalli in Malleswaram (Bangalore, India) - gift from my husband - new style with different patterns on body, pleats & palloo

The back of a saree blouse - embroidery on silk fabric. This is a modest style blouse - they even come in more trendy styles like halters, back-less, etc.

The back of a saree blouse - embroidery on silk fabric. This is a modest style blouse - they even come in more trendy styles like halters, back-less, etc.

A childhood picture - shows South Indian traditions from the past  - the use of jasmine flowers to adorn a braid (see reflection in the mirror) plus the pattu pawadai (silk skirt and blouse).

A childhood picture - shows South Indian traditions from the past - the use of jasmine flowers to adorn a braid (see reflection in the mirror) plus the pattu pawadai (silk skirt and blouse).

Ayurvedic #turmeric & sandalwood oil skin cream - was my must have solution for zits & pimples during those teen years. Still use it on occasion. Turmeric is not just beneficial for the skin - read more at http://fitnspicyliving.com/nutritiontips/detail/29

Ayurvedic #turmeric & sandalwood oil skin cream - was my must have solution for zits & pimples during those teen years. Still use it on occasion. Turmeric is not just beneficial for the skin - read more at http://fitnspicyliving.com/nutritiontips/detail/29

Handmade beaded accessories from Kenya (Africa)

Handmade beaded accessories from Kenya (Africa)

Kanjeevaram (aka Kanchipuram) Sarees  from Tamil Nadu (South India) - made of pure silk with a contrasting color border. Mostly worn in Hindu weddings, festivals and other formal occasions. I wore green color in the morning ceremony. Made from pure silk (from mulberry worm cocoons) - the zari (golden thread) is silk  thread wrapped in silver wire and gilded with pure gold. My traditional green Kanjeevaram made from thick silk  - durable, beautiful, timeless & elegant.

Kanjeevaram (aka Kanchipuram) Sarees from Tamil Nadu (South India) - made of pure silk with a contrasting color border. Mostly worn in Hindu weddings, festivals and other formal occasions. I wore green color in the morning ceremony. Made from pure silk (from mulberry worm cocoons) - the zari (golden thread) is silk thread wrapped in silver wire and gilded with pure gold. My traditional green Kanjeevaram made from thick silk - durable, beautiful, timeless & elegant.

Gota Embroidery Churidar Suit (India) - this type of embroidery uses applique work - originated in Rajasthan. Precious metals used originally have now been replaced with cheaper and durable materials. The embroidery technique is a lengthy handmade process - patterns are beautiful and regional - many inspired by nature. Affordable pretty outfit I bought in Bangalore.

Gota Embroidery Churidar Suit (India) - this type of embroidery uses applique work - originated in Rajasthan. Precious metals used originally have now been replaced with cheaper and durable materials. The embroidery technique is a lengthy handmade process - patterns are beautiful and regional - many inspired by nature. Affordable pretty outfit I bought in Bangalore.

Lapis Lazuli ( Santiago, Chile) - a semiprecious stone found in the Andes - lovely shades of blue based on quality of stone.

Lapis Lazuli ( Santiago, Chile) - a semiprecious stone found in the Andes - lovely shades of blue based on quality of stone.

Soft scarves, stoles & shawls in lovely colors -  made from the fleece of the Alpaca - Chile / Peru

Soft scarves, stoles & shawls in lovely colors - made from the fleece of the Alpaca - Chile / Peru

The copper mining industry is a major contributor to the economy in Chile. Copper is used in combination with other metals to make jewelry.

The copper mining industry is a major contributor to the economy in Chile. Copper is used in combination with other metals to make jewelry.

Handmade terracotta (clay) jewelry by local women in Karnataka (India) - the Indian government supports  and promotes cottage industries that provide employment for women in rural areas of the country.

Handmade terracotta (clay) jewelry by local women in Karnataka (India) - the Indian government supports and promotes cottage industries that provide employment for women in rural areas of the country.

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