haathphool

This shows hands with henna tattoos and an article of Indian jewelry called haathphool (also hathphool).

According to an article on the Indian Wedding Advisor page, literally means “flowers of the hand” and usually consists of five rings connected by delicate chains connecting to the wrist. Modern versions can be adorned with gems to match the bride’s clothing. I have seen some versions with only 3 rings (to the index, middle, and ring finger) or as few as one ring (usually the middle or ring finger). Some of them can have ornate decorations over the center of the back of the hand.

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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

http://m.fashion101.in/english/news/FAS-BLOG-5-jewellery-pieces-every-girl-must-get-her-hands-on-4986019.html?referrer_url=

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An article by ShriVyshnavi Annush, written for the Hindu MetroPlus in September, 2014 talking about the trends of the festive season!

Pooja Chic!
Navarathri, Durga Pooja, Dussehra are some of the names given for the 9 days of celebrating the feminine form of the divine. The poojas are all about festivities and spiritual indulgence in different parts of our country. And what better occasion to play dress up than during Navarathri? The best part of living in India is that trends change depending on the festival that is being celebrated, rather than something as mundane as just the weather.
The full length skirt is the chicest trend to sport during the pooja season. Its fun,charming and embodies femininity and therefore very apt for this season. The skirt comes in a myriad of hues and fabrics. Orange, Fuchsia and Tangerine are the colors to be seen in for the pooja season. Pick the crinkled silk ones or the printed cotton ones to wear. Be adventurous and wear the skirt in its trendiest avatar, with a long tunic in a contrasting color and a dupatta. There is something about the skirt that allows you to relive memories of your childhood when you twirled around in your paavadai until you became dizzy or until one of the elders in the family chided you to stop.
When it comes to the accessories that you can pair the skirt with, you are spoiled for choice. Haath phool which literally means “ hand flower” dates back to the Mughal era. Traditionally worn by the bride on her wedding day, haath phools or hand harnesses designed with a contemporary twist, worn on one hand are all the rage now.  Potlis made of hand embroidered nets in various colors with traditional gota work are another hot trend this season. So, the phone that we cant live without, a lipstick and a key bunch can all fit into the versatile potli, our very own Indian version of the little evening bag. Last but not the least, pair the skirt with silver anklets. Ornate or simple, the anklets complete the ensemble. In the end, its much more fun to visit golus and play the gharba with the tinkling and auspicious sound of the anklets.