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Whether you're looking for a comfortable shirt or hunting down a must-have trendy item to make a fashion statement or dazzle your date, you won't be let down in Bangkok.
Don't despair if small Asian sizes prove to be a bit of a squeeze; the city's tailors are known for fast turnaround times, affordability and quality work. And then there's plus-size clothing of course that caters for, well, 'larger' Western frames.
Have a look at the sections below to acquaint yourself with what the fashion capital of Asia has to offer. Good buys, deals and steals are abundant in Bangkok, although the cream of the bargaining crop are found at local markets and wholesale markets.
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Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn 4. Dusit Thani Bangkok 4. Amari Watergate Bangkok 4. Riva Surya Bangkok 4. Mercure Bangkok Siam 4. However the most popular drape method is the nivi. In Gujarati the style is just like the nivi, but the draping of the pallu end of the sari is different. In Gujarati the loose pallu end is draped over the right shoulder and from back to front. How the pallu is arranged gives the wearer individual choice.
She has the opportunity to leave the pallu hanging freely or tuck it into the waistline with freedom to show or conceal the navel. The model above wears a sari with a rich rose embroidered band over a halter style choli. She could easily drape her semi sheer sari over her head pallu style.
Unlike some models this girl shows how the sari has mystery - she hides her midriff and navel but with a semi sheer fabric that hints at the body beneath.
Pre most saris were made of fine silk or cotton, but in recent decades synthetic materials especially polyester silk and polyester georgette has meant women everywhere can afford to buy a sari. The same shimmering effects are used in sari fabrics. Indian silk is one of the fibres used in the making of the most fine or heavy woven silk saris whether traditional self draped saris or designer prepared sari gowns.
The more decorative saris with extensive embellishment and embroidery are as expensive as any western designer fashion anywhere. Contemporary designer pre-made saris are often fixed into position and have zips for ease of access so they can be put on just like an evening dress.
This does not make them worse or better, but is a new approach to wearing a traditional garment. Designers are producing pre-tucked and pre-pleated waistbands, half-draped and part stitched saris that eliminate traditional adjusting and fitting.
This is how fashion evolves in any century. Designers can fix drapery in specific ways peculiar to a regional sari draping style and introduce innovation that a younger customer may have difficulty achieving the correct expertise which is easy when done daily, but harder for occasional use. At first this approach may seem threatening to the traditional sari, but ease of putting on a sari may even help to maintain the sari in the eye of C21 st women.
Ease of dressing with a little fastener here and there, a zipped or half constructed designer sari may also mean the sari style spreads globally as celebrities adopt the gown. They love the graceful draped fashion look.
As wanna-bees make it their must-have too. It's easy to recognise that in the face of the current craze for maxi dressing this is a real possibility. In fact designers acknowledge that the one shoulder style of the sari is their direct source of inspiration for asymmetric draped dresses so beloved of celeb followers.
Today there is hardly a pop star, politician's wife or film celebrity that hasn't donned a sari at some stage of their life to make a cultural leap making it the garment of choice for numerous formal multi cultural events. As ladylike dressing returns we may see more of this traditional long dress as the sari offers an alternative romantic elegant chic that transcends seasonal trends.
Sari buying is easier if you know what you like or want or which product is best. Silk and cotton are good traditional choices and if you are wealthy enough then a diaphanous fine silk sari may be on your shopping list.
The more expensive the sari the more likely it will be heavily embellished or complex in its ornate weave especially on the Pallu end. When saris have gold or silver pattern in the weave this is known as zari jari work.
Frequently the sari warp will be a thread of one colour and the weft a different yarn. This adds variety, lightness, shimmer and sometimes extra strength to a sari fabric. Mostly you will want a silk base, but you may want decoration and different types of jari add the metallic effects. You may also want your sari to be long lasting so factors such as high thread count and the use of top quality pure jari come into play.
Pure jari is the best as it's is more long lasting and the sari will last longer. This pure jari uses silver thread plated with gold. Heavy silk tissue for example is made from a silk warp and the weft weaving thread is made from jari producing a silk cloth which shimmers with a shot of gold. Varoosi is also a gold shot silk, but uses a gold weft every few rows rather than every row. The alternative copper jari is dry clean only and not particularly admired and you are advised to save up for pure jari saris.
Brocade is a silk that can use Jari and is made on a Jacquard loom to create richly ornate patterns. Heavy surface embroidery work such as shisha mirror work, buttis, zari jari , zardosi jardosi , zardoji, golden dori work, beads, kasabtiki, tikli, aari, stones, chikankari, phulkari, gotapatti, sequins, sequences, kundan and are all used to embellish silk saris.
Zardosi stitches are very elaborate and closely worked and used on heavier weights of fabrics including coats and curtains. Kamadani is lighter and more suitable simply worked on finer gossamer fabrics such as clothing and scarves. Surat in Gujarat is famous for Karchobi work - spangles, raised designs and thread combinations all create rich patterns. As well as using gold and silver thread Zardozi embroidery can incorporate pearls and precious stones.
Since true Zardosi is hand crafted hand woven and decorated sari and lehnga fabrics are expensive, but are still very desirable for weddings and special occasions. Left and Right - Rich gold decorative work on a coral red designer saris.
Today fake pearls and Swarovski crystals and synthetic metal thread can provide less costly alternatives and are a cheaper modern Zardozi this might also be done on a synthetic fabric such as polyester, rayon or polyamide. One of the most special pieces of clothing a woman can wear is a wedding lehenga. The words lehenga, lengha, lehnga all mean the same thing - a long gypsy style skirt. In India it is spoken as Lengha or Lehnga and in Pakistan the usual pronunciation is lehenga.
Right - Rich metallic fabric used in making a pink designer inspired swirling fishtail lehenga skirt, choli top and dupatta and worn with Indian traditional jewellery. Extras include an overlay jacket for those who don't want the brevity of a choli top and a lehengas belt.
Contrarily for the less modest and more modern woman the lehenga skirts is sometimes teamed with Western crop top, halter neck or baby doll top. Fabric choice can dictate the style of lehenga, flounces and drape. The lehenga is customarily worn in the rural areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan and those lehenga skirts are frequently panelled and swell into a full hem, but the skirts can also be slimline columns and slenderising on the right person.
When you are choosing fabric look especially at silks - brocade, raw silk, and jacquard silk. Note the comment about selecting garments using pure jari here. Women of Gujarat and the Rajasthan countryside often wear the lehenga a form of gypsy skirt. The lehengas are worn with choli which can be looser than in other regions. Often these garments, especially the choli are decorated with mirror work and embroidery. This choli top left is longer than many cropped cholis and is a desirable look.
A lehenga is worn in other parts of India, but some designs have less or more volume with some styles having lower skirts that spread into swirling fans. These long skirts are also called a gypsy skirt. A wraparound version is the gopi skirt. Needless to repeat this gypsy skirt has inspired many a western fashion designer! As with any garment regional differences mean there are many variations of the lehenga and combined with the use of different fabrics and patterns the range of styles is enormous.
Bandhni work is a tie dye technique used by Hindu women of the Gujarat region and Gujarat is well known for this tie dye skirt style. In the south less volume is used in the lehenga skirts and a longer tunic called the kurti is worn because it covers the midriff. In Northern states voluminous flaring skirts are worn along with a kurti and Chunni scarf which is draped around the neck, worn as a half sari or shoulder stole.
When visualizing the modern Indian bride of today the outfit look many have in their head is the Bollywood endorsed Lengha. The first two are the simple styles of straight and flared. Where women wear saris they also wear a midriff baring blouse called choli. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are all places where women don saris.
In Urdu the word for choli is lehnga and so it's easy to get confused as the many Asian languages affect clothing names. Contemporary choli designs have front-opening buttons or cut-out keyhole backs and although once the choli was worn braless modern women prefer a bra. Designer versions also use boning and foundation padding to create just about any style like the bustier choli above centre, so the wearer can wearer the choli with comfort without worrying about straps showing beneath.
Modern Indian designers today push boundaries and team the sari with halter bikini style tops. The lehenga choli needs a fair figure to show off skin and your figure will help clarify the choice of choli. The choli is the foundation bodice and it can be cropped short and snappy finishing under the bustline and revealing flesh.
The cropped design suits the hotter regions well leaving the wearer with cooler skin. But the choli can be much longer and more covering like a bustier if you are not comfortable with a brief choli. For extra shape, princess seaming gives any woman a better figure. Longer cholis and Kurti style cholis can overlap the lehenga belt and anyone still unhappy with the basic choli can consider wearing an overlay jacket. The choli top can be any style you desire from the currently fashionable halter neck to a V, sweetheart, shoestring strap or square neckline.
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