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Cool, funky scarves

»Scarves are among the coolest accessories to make a statement. They come in a variety of styles, fabrics and colours. Scarves are not only for women, but men too. The men's scarves were sometimes referred to as "cravats" (from the French cravate, meaning "Croat"), and were the precursor of the necktie. Celebrity endorsements have not only made scarves popular. Woollen scarfs with Bandhani work are becoming very popular.

Bandhani or Bandhej is the name of the tie and dye technique used commonly in Bhuj and Mandvi of the Kutch District of Gujarat State. Scarfs can be tied in many ways including the pussy-cat bow, the square knot, the cowboy bib, the ascot knot, the loop, the necktie, and the gypsy kerchief. High fashion design houses offer printed scarves. There are three basic scarf shapes: square, triangular and rectangular. The most common materials used to make fashion scarves are silk, fleece, pashmina and cashmere.

Nail art

»Whether you're just starting out, or a more advanced artist there is something in nail art for all skill levels. The polka dot nails is perfect for beginner artists. It's fast, cute and looks really impressive when it's done. All you need is some polish and items you can use as a dotting tool. Zebra nail art is such a staple. It goes with everything, works in every colour and manages to be a totally neutral pattern. Splatter nails are super cool and easy to do, but they make a huge mess. In terms of art materials, besides the conventional nail polish and bruch, nail art pens are now available. There are a variety of choices.

Go Khadi

»Revive one of the oldest surviving materials khadi giving an opportunity to communities that still loom the versatile fabric  with utmost emphasis on the quality through sustainable processes and skilfully using the charka or the spinning wheel. Reminiscing the material that donned the struggles of freedom fighters like Gandhi, handwoven eco-friendly collection of khadi sarees, dupattas etc from the farthermost regions of the country. 

The raw materials may sometimes also include silk, or wool, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha. It is a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter. In order to improve the look, khādī/khaddar is sometimes starched to give it a stiffer feel. It is widely accepted in fashion circles.

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