From Hippie Art, To Creative Fashion

Tie-dye is considered a fashion art form just like beading and embroidery. It is a practice that concentrates the tint color in the textiles by tying or folding them to create different shapes. Its origin started out in Asia with antique techniques in dying fabrics. It is highly associated with hippies, surfers and bohemians, but today, it reappears to combine with bracelets and other accessories of ethnic inspiration. Today it’s not a trippy starburst rainbow; it has been replaced with irregular arcs and stripes often seen in cocktail dresses and even casual tops to combine with jeans, shorts or mini skirts. Tie Dye is also a popular look for a day out at the beach, whether in a skirt or a sarong, tie dye is often seen around the most famous beaches worldwide.

Nothing said “hippie” better than the psychedelic color explosion and unique designs from the old style of tie-dye; it is one of the most ancient forms of fabric design, by human manipulation. Dye can only penetrate loose fabric; it has to be as close to 100% cotton as possible since it does not stick to polyester. Just lock some sections by adding pins, tying fabric in knots or with rubber bands and this way, the dye cannot reach these parts of the fabric, therefore creating a rainbow of colors and a unique design.

Hippies included a little creativity by adding peace signs and hearts to their visual trippy designs. This technique became a hippie ritual since it was an anti-commercial “do it yourself” characterization of owned fashion. Today, designers are turning to this again, trying to own their designs and making them special so they can stay away from imitators or regular people who try to do it themselves so they can afford some shopping money.

Tie-Dye was reborn in the 80’s when a new generation started wearing the shirts their parents wore when they were youngsters at Woodstock, other than shirts these included tie-dye sheets, socks, and bags, among other pieces. Tie-dye was and is still the style of choice for people who need a little psychedelic wardrobe to remember the old days, tie-dye will never die.

Now it’s your turn to try some creativity with your wardrobe, look for your favorite shirt or dress, fabric dye, gloves, rubber bands and a bowl. Damp your clothes in water and fold it as if you were making a paper fan, continue doing this in other areas and hold them with a rubber band or a clothespin. Once you have gathered the sections to dye, place it in the bowl, put on your gloves and mix the dye in the bowl. Do the same thing in the other side, stirring your fabric so the dye penetrates well. You can leave it on for 24 hours, and then rinse with warm water and let air dry. Use a pack of cheap T-shirts for your first draft; you will get the hang of it.

Ritu Beri – Indian Fashion Designer

Whenever someone think fashion designers, traditional European countries like Italy and France come to mind as they are known for their fashion and style. However, in the last 30 years India has been through a revolution in terms of fashion, and even other industries, such as Information Technology, have seen a similar boom. To get this position Indian star designer ritu beri has big hand in this.

Ritu Beri is one of the top Indian fashion designers who have been continuously serving Indian fashion industry with her feminine and funky designer dresses. She is the shinning star of our country. The young and talented woman fashion designer Ritu Beri enrolled herself in the national Institute of Fashion Technology in 1988. She was amongst the few bright students who got the opportunity to associate with this prestigious institute.

Ritu Beri studied fashion arts from the institute of NIFT, New Delhi. She is the only Indian designer to be featured in promoter’s magazine and this forecasts fashion trends all over the world. She is the author of the personal fashion book, in which 101 Ways to Look Good are mentioned and she has won an award for this. She also serves on the board of Governors at NIFT. She is an honorary patron of the Savera Association which is a popular charity involved in improving the lives of Indian woman.

She is known as the first Indian designer to present a collection in Paris. There is no comparison for her style and elegance. Today her designs have become a highlight in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, USA, London and Paris. Ritu Beri’s ready-to-wear line is an impressive couture collection that had the French media raving about her.

Ritu Beri is married to business man Bobby Chadha and one has child named Jiya with him. Ritu beri has a good has a good heart and she has love for animals. To express her love she has launched an organization ‘caring means sharing’. This organization collects funds for animal cares throughout the world.

The Old Fashioned Art of Writing Letters and Journals

With so many new ways of keeping in touch, why exactly would one want to write letters? There might not be any satisfactory answer to it. But letter writing makes one feel cared for. The very fact that someone actually sat down and wrote five handwritten pages for a person that is far away, signifies that one plays an important role in their life. Why else would anyone sit down for an hour to write that letter and then take the trouble of going to the post-office to send that letter, when in the same time you could have written 20 tweets or more. Sending and receiving letters are also the cheaper alternate to travel. Pen pals often send each other tokens and souvenirs through mails, exchange cultural stories, tell each other about their age old tradition and exchange multiple secrets. Of course the internet has more access to the number of people and therefore more access to other cultures. However, it is always less personal. You may have more than 500 people in your friend list, but how many are you actually familiar with? And when was the last time you had a real heart to heart with them?

Letters and journals have more privacy and personalization. Since everyone has an increasing internet foot print, hackers have focused more on breaking in to people’s virtual accounts rather than actual space. So turns out, the real space is more secure than the virtual space where you befriend a thousand people you don’t even know. The new generation may probably not even be aware of what journal writing is. But the truth is, it is the best way to vent out your thoughts. People are getting angrier everyday because they have all the ideas, but no honest feedback. Writing journals help one keeping in touch with their thoughts. What people lack these days are some private time where they can think. Writing down your thoughts can help you get to know yourself. Journal writing don’t necessarily have to be about your whole routine nor do they have to be extremely regular as is the popular misconception. You can write down any random thought or the dream you had last night anywhere in your journal and you can read it like a haphazard memoir. It’s for your own private viewing after all.

Letters and journals promote a heartfelt moment with your pen pal or yourself. The anticipation and joy of receiving letters is like no other. You wait for weeks at a time and when you receive a little envelope with artistic stamps and a handwritten note, the delight is like no other. Postcards are another form of keeping in touch. They’re bright, colourful and have beautiful pictures of famous places in the city. China actually introduced a new series of postcards with pictures of food, where receivers can actually smell the dish. Now that’s innovation.

It might not be easy to convince why writing letters and journals is a delightful experience. But those who actually do might understand why the practice of old fashioned writing has not died down as yet. Even though the postal departments of many countries are facing losses, the efforts of a few have kept the industry going.