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Traditional Jewellery of Tamilnadu
Jewellery has always enjoyed a prominent mention in ancient Tamil literature. The five great Tamil epics of the Sangam period (3rd to 4th century BC ) mention the different types of traditional jewellery of Tamilnadu. It is indeed a pleasant surprise that most of the ornaments that have been mentioned in the ancient epics are still in existence today after many centuries. It is a clear sign that the women of Tamilnadu have had a lasting love affair with their jewellery and therefore managed to preserve most of the styles of the Sangam era. An important reason could be the dance of our state, Bharathanatyam, through which these precious styles of jewellery have been showcased and therefore have still managed to be around. Another reason for this could be that these timeless ornaments were handed over the generations and that is why they have stood the test of time. I think its a bit of both!
Chettinadu is a region in the Sivagangai district of southern Tamilnadu famous for its jewellery. The adigai is a very typical South Indian piece of jewellery typical of the Chettinadu region. It is  is a necklace that is worn close to the neck accentuating it. It is made of gold and red rubies otherwise known as kempu stones. Another common style of the adigai is the single stone diamond adigai. An adigai worn with your kancheevarams is the ultimate regal fashion statement. If you’re a South Indian woman worth her salt you definitely must own an adigai.
Contemporary fine jewellery from designer houses like Chopard and Bulgari are inspired by Mother Nature. The maangamalai and the kizhikaasu malai were no different. The mango fruit symbolizes fertility and the maangamalai was a must have piece of jewellery in Tamil families. It is a long necklace made of small gold mangoes threaded together on a chain with nagasau work on them. Nagasu work is a special form of intricate craftsmanship on gold jewellery found only in the south of India. The South Indian nagasu craftsmen are sought after by jewellery retailers from all over India for their beautiful handiwork on gold jewellery.
The kizhikaasu malai is an authentic Chettinadu necklace. It is a statement piece made with gold coins and a parrot on top of each of the coins. In the olden days, the women of the erstwhile families of Chettinadu had the goddess Lakshmi embossed on the front side of the coins. It was considered auspicious to wear the goddess of wealth and the popular belief still continues. Their family emblem, usually their fort, was embossed on the reverse side of the coins. One can order a kizhikaasu malai with the jewellery craftsmen of Chettinadu and you will find that even today an illustration of a fort is embossed on the reverse of the coins.
The odiyanam or the hip belt is a beautiful ornament that flatters the woman wearing it. It is made of gold and usually has goddess Lakshmi, parrots, peacocks and serpents (nagar) carved on it using the nagasu technique. Today in more modern designs you can find diamonds embellishing the front part of the hip belt called the mogapu. Personally I favour the old fashioned nagasu odiyanam. It is definitely a thing of beauty to treasure and hand it down to your daughters.
Popular earrings of Tamilnadu are the jimikis and the magara kuzhai. The jimikis are still favourites of the women of the South. You can choose between the big gundu gold jimiki or the diamond studded one. The magara kuzhai is a fish shaped earring studded with red rubies and pearls. Mookuthi and Besari are nose studs. They are usually studded with rubies and pearls or diamonds. You’ll find the women in the southern parts of Tamilnadu still wearing them on a regular basis.
The craftsmen of Chettinadu still hand make these precious pieces of jewellery. Since they are handcrafted there are bound to be imperfections. These imperfections are what makes these ornaments special, since no two pieces of jewellery can be the exact same. This is exactly why these pieces of jewellery are a pleasure to covet and own. Cherish and enjoy wearing these vintage treasures that have been handed down to you with your kancheevaram sarees.

-ShriVyshnavi Annush

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5 Accessories Every College Girl Must Own!

Summer vacations are coming to an end and it’s “Back to College” season now. College is an exciting phase where trying new trends and making new friends are foremost for everyone. Since college is the time you experiment with different styles, and develop your style, it’s important to have a list of things you must own before you head for class. Here are five accessories every college girl must own.

Tote Bag: The tote bag is the one that will carry everything that a college girl needs. Books, stationary, make up, phone, charger, medicines et all get dumped into the tote. So it must be big enough and not too over sized to stay on trend. Prints are trendy this summer and what better way to flaunt this trend than by owning a tote that has prints on it. Prints can range from florals, checks to downright quirky. Quirky prints tend to get noticed more. So if you want to catch someone’s eye, be bold and go for a quirky printed tote bag.

Scarves: The scarf is a clever piece of fabric that only a few know how to wear. A scarf, if worn the right way can accentuate your look tremendously. A printed silk scarf is a perfect accessory with a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans. It can also be worn with a solid coloured salwar kameez. A hand block printed cotton scarf is also a classy option to own. You’ll find that it’s the easiest way to look instantaneously stylish. 

Dainty Earrings: It is best to always own a few pairs of simple and elegant earrings. Buy them in neutral colors so that you can wear them with all kinds of clothes. Gold and silver colored earrings with simple detailing are the best to wear daily to college. Pink gold is another colour that is fashionable this season. If you have a round face, wear studs and small earrings. If you have an oval face and a slender neck you can pretty much wear any earring. But the rule of thumb is to stick to something not too elaborate.

Statement Necklace: A statement necklace is a must-have piece of jewellery in every girl’s wardrobe. You have to pick the right necklace in order to complete your look. Tassels are trending big this season. Another trend seen on runways is the layer necklace. You can work this look in different ways. One way is to wear a long beaded necklace wrapped around to create two or three layers. Another more contemporary look is to flaunt a multi chain necklace in gold or silver. A fashion rule that will do you good to remember is when you wear a statement necklace keep the earrings minimal. Pair a statement necklace with ethnic wear or western wear as per your taste.

Body Chains: College days are a lot about partying just as much as studying! The trendiest accessory to wear at a party is a body chain. Wear it with a little black dress be rest assured that you’ll be the most stylish girl at the party. If you’re aiming for a rocker chic look, wear the body chain with ripped jeans and a black top. Make sure to wear the body chain with a figure hugging top or dress. If not, you will end up looking shabby.

Remember to experiment with fashion and stay stylish!

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for Fashion101, Jun 17 2015


Summer wedding chic is what is trending at Pookaari this month! The fashionable accessories of the season are haathphools, semi precious stones in 3 layer necklaces and kundan earrings. For the traditional mehendi, wear a statement kundan chanbali paired with a traditional ghaghra and choli to get noticed. Tassel earrings with a traditional twist and delicate haathphools (hand harnesses) are a huge trend at the moment. The haathphools are the trendiest accessory for a wedding. This look is perfect for a night of dancing and making merry at the wedding sangeet.

An article written by ShriVyshnavi Annush for the Hindu Metroplus, on the 13th of December, 2014. 

Winter trend – Scarves Galore! 

Its December and there is a slight nip in the early morning air. You know winter has arrived. Its my favorite season of the year with misty mornings. Winter for me means that I can bring out my scarves and stoles.

A scarf is one of the most versatile accessories to own. It speaks of elegance. A woman wearing a scarf in the right way is immediately recognized to be style conscious. You can dress up or dress down an outfit with a scarf.We are spoilt for choice with a myriad of textiles that our country has to offer. A handwoven linen or a cotton scarf is as luxurious to wear as a printed silk or a pashmina one.
It is indeed a blessing to live in a country like ours where each region has its own unique weave to offer. Our very own Kovai is famous for its cotton handlooms. A Kovai scarf or a stole can be spotted from a distance by its temple borders and traditional colors. The sheer lightness of the fabric makes it wearable throughout the year. The Maheshwari scarves from the banks of Narmada are known for their sensuous texture and signature geometrical motifs. The Pashmina scarf is a legend by itself. It embodies elegance and luxury. The Pashminas are hand spun from fine wool and hand embroidered in Kashmir. My Kashmiri friend once told me a simple rule to follow while buying pashminas. If the scarf or stole goes through a ring at one go, it means that it has passed the test of being genuine.  The Pashmina is to the Kashmiris what Kacheepuram saris are for us in the South. Pashmina scarves and shawls are a must have in a Kashmiri bride’s trousseau.
There are several ways that you can wear a scarf. There are enough youtube videos out there to help you do that. For work, pairing a handwoven linen scarf with a shirt and jeans instantly adds that extra bit of style quotient to your otherwise ordinary outfit. In the evenings, you can wear a vividly printed silk scarf to keep you warm and at the same time fashionable. Stoles can be paired with a tunic to give you that oomph factor. Enjoy the winter season experimenting with scarves and a hot cup of chai!


Top Trends of 2015

Tassels, Statement earrings, Spikes and Sequins are the big trends seen on the runways for Spring Summer 2015. Here are some ways that you can adapt these trends and stay stylish.

Tassels – You could work this trend any which way you desire. A heavily embroidered dupatta with tassel embellishments at the corners paired with a simple shalwar kameez, is perfect for a pooja at home. A more contemporary way to rock this trend is, to wear a tasseled jacket or a fringe bag with a pair of jeans and a shirt. Or you could choose to play it safe and simply experiment with the trend and wear a gold coloured tasseled cuff with your sari.Statement earrings look best when worn with a simple outfit. For maximum effect, wear a knee length sundress with a pair of earrings that almost scrape your shoulders. It’s a sure shot way of getting people to notice you. Long earrings look best on people with a slender neck. The best way not to overdo this look, is to skip the necklace while choosing to sport statement earrings. Look stunning while wearing a heavy georgette sari with chandelier earrings at a wedding cocktail party. Being the odd one out and not wearing a dress to the party is sometimes a good thing. For me, the sari is the most fascinating and versatile piece of clothing. It is made for our body types. Believe me when I say that Indian women look sensational in a sari.My favourite trend of the new year is Spikes. It shouts rebel! Each one of us has a rebellious side and what better way to express it rather than through fashion? Whether its a clutch, a necklace or ballet flats be runway ready in spikes. The British designer brand Alexander McQueen is the cult brand for accessories with spikes. You just have to own a McQueen clutch! Get in touch with your rebel side by sporting a spike ear cuff by our very own  Manish Arora for Amprapali. Manish Arora is well known for his edgy designs. Today, you have the freedom to mix and match. So go ahead and be different – Wear your spikes with something as traditional as a sari. As Indians, let’s admit that we adore bling! Fortunately for us, sequins is still a big trend for the new year. Whether you want to go all out or be subtle, there is something for everyone who wants to wear this trend. I prefer to stick to sequinned accessories and keep my outfit plain. But the choice is yours. Wear a sequinned belt to dress up the otherwise plain little black dress. The same belt can be worn to complete a pair of jeans and a white shirt. If you’re aiming for a more formal look and still want to wear sequins, pair a sequinned bag or a clutch with your sari. Fashion is about being clever and choosing accessories that can be repeated with different clothes for different occasions.

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu MetroPlus


Fun & Flirty!
What do you wear on a date night in summer? A pretty chiffon dress in a trendy color of the season. Pair a glamorous punk chic necklace to give the otherwise soft girly look an edge. Necklaces with crystals, spikes and tassels are fashionable right now. The trending colors for summer are pastels in all shades, whites , coral and turquoise. You can’t go wrong with this look. Or you could up the edgy quotient by wearing a pair of black ripped skinny jeans which are all the rage right now and a chiffon shirt with a stand out necklace. The number 1 rule to follow while wearing a statement neckpiece is to keep the earrings simple. Wear a pair of classic hoops or studs for that neat chic look.

Surukku Pai

Surukku pai is a small bag usually made out of fabric with drawstrings used as a closure. This could easily be one of the oldest accessories in the South of India. The surukku pai culture began in Madurai. Most of us will remember our grandmoms or their friends sporting a surukku paitucked into their sari at their waists. A vivid memory I have, is of the elderly ladies who were regulars at the Jaganatha Perumal temple, fiddling with their surukku pais. It was an accessory with a lot of utilitarian value. Usually the ladies would wear malli poo in their kondai and carry their Vethilai paaku and some money in their pais. Those were the good old days when cellphones didn’t exist and nobody carried their makeup around. So you didn’t need a huge bag. The surukku pai was a much more aesthetic and handy version of the manja pai.
Chenthamarai, a tailor in Papanaickenpalayam reminisces that he used to stitch the surukku pais from the left over bits of cloth given to stitch blouses at no extra charge. In more recent years the paati’s surukku pai has transformed into a more contemporary fashion accessory. The surukku pai has given way to the chic potlis or the batwas of today.  Younger women generally tend to pair a polti with a sari or a salwar kameez. The potlis come out in a rainbow of colors during the wedding season when they attend many a muhurtham. Designers have also made the batwa an accessory to own. My favourite designer duo of the batwa are Chamee & Palak. More widely known for their lehengas, their batwas are unique and ornate.
A temple border kancheepuram sari paired with a simple mangalagiri cotton potli for a morning function is elegance personified. On the contrary, carry a hand embroidered batwa made of benares silk fabric for a night out to feel luxurious and grand. The beauty of the modern surukku pai lies in the fact that you can use it to dress up or dress down as you deem fit for the occasion. The potli is also a good gift to give your family and friends. It is indeed a lovely piece of handcrafted art that represents our culture and heritage and therefore the most appropriate gift to give your friends from abroad. It shows them our diverse crafts and the variety of textiles our country has to offer. Be a fashionista and carry your surukku pai with pride!

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for The Hindu MetroPlus  


5 Jewellery Pieces Every Girl Must Get Her Hands On

The key to going from drab to fab is picking the right accessories. Here are the hottest pieces this summer. 

1. Statement Necklace – Every girl must own a couple of statement neckpieces. An important rule to follow is to keep the earrings simple while wearing a statement necklace. So wear a pair of minimal studs in the same colour as the necklace that you’re wearing. Bold necklaces are very fashionable at the moment. Make a statement in the boardroom with a statement necklace paired with a white cotton shirt and trousers. A funky alternative is to wear a statement necklace with a sari for work. It will make a serious statement for sure. You could also explore your punk side by wearing a necklace with spikes and stones. It’s edgy and very chic especially when worn with a linen dress for summer. 

2. Layered Pendants – Layering pendants is a very bohemian trend. This trend has been spotted at all fashion weeks across the globe. Wear turquoise and citrine coloured pendants with a white cotton midi dress to be summer ready. Another way to be a gypsy goddess is to wear a few pendant necklaces with a pair of jeans and a casual shirt.

3. Tassel Earrings – Tassels are trending on all runways the world over. An easy and quick way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is to own a pair of tassel earrings. There are a few ways that you can flaunt tassel earrings. You can pair them with a pair of denim shorts and a funky tie and dye T-shirt to chill out at a pool party this summer. Another way to wear the tassel trend is to wear the earrings with a floral printed maxi dress for a summer party. Tassels for me mean freedom and summer is the perfect season to have fun with them.

4. Bold Blue Rings – Blue is the trendiest colour of the season. So why not buy a few bold rings in shades of blue? Turquoise, aqua and indigo are all fashionable colours right now. Wear a bold ring with a chikankari kurta and leggings for a day out with your family. Or wear these rings with a shift dress in navy or white for a movie date with your special someone.

5. Hand Harness – Besides rings, hand harnesses or haathphools are funky and fun. You’ll be insta-cool if spotted wearing a hand harness. There are a variety of haathphools that you can wear. A simple chain link hand harness worn with ripped jeans is a huge trend this season. An ethnic hand harness with a full-length skirt and a crop top will make you stand out in a crowd. Go out there and have fun experimenting with hand harnesses! 

Remember to have fun while staying stylish!

– ShriVyshnavi Annush for Fashion 101, 7th May 2015


She sells sea shells on the sea shore!

Going on a beach vacay or to a pool party? Wear a statement necklace with shorts and a crop top and you’re all set. Don’t forget the sunscreen, funky flip flops, funky shades and a hat! Of course bring your inner mermaid along! We at Pookaari believe that if you accessorize right you’ll be an instant fashion diva. You can also wear a statement necklace with a printed maxi dress or a plain white or ivory tired linen knee length day dress. The shades that are trending at Pookaari this summer are the round ones with our without a shell frame.

Let’s party like its the 1970s!

Tie-dye is one of the trend forerunners of the Spring Summer 2015. Featured by a number of designers at the Milan Spring 2015 fashion week, including Gucci, Alexander Wang and Prada, the free spirited hippie look has taken over the fashion world with a storm. Maxi dresses, kaftans, bell bottomed pants and flowy skirts should replace your denims this summer, for the 70’s was all about freedom and independence. Pair these up with bohemian style neck pieces, or large agate pendants to add to the bold colours.

Psychedelic patterns in bright neon colours are now trending on accessories as well! Tie n dye clutches by Arancia, now on www.pookaari.com, are the best carry-ons for any occasion for this season.