Your Brand New Jacket Has Thousands of Years of History

Fashion is continually evolving. Designers are constantly presenting new ideas, shapes and styles. But no matter how cutting edge the designs become, one thing has is inherently clear: the origin of all things new is in the “old.”

Historical fashion roots are exhibited in every new Fashion Week in items using hand embroidery, pattern printing and dying techniques all originating with methods passed down generations ago. Today’s inspirations draw on the work of the hands, eyes and minds of artists come and gone long before our time. Their skills have been passed down through families to find themselves in our contemporary closets and seen on our busy streets. 

The runway shows this spring show bright hues of scarlet, mustard golds and deep blues that were all present in India centuries ago. Ancient Indian dying techniques used madder root, indigo plants and turmeric to produce the bold tones we are still drawn to today.  While, over time, the colors have expanded to include rich shades in any color, the methods of applying color to materials of silk, cotton and wool have not. The ancient traditions have been preserved through practices taught and passed down over hundreds of generations. Patterns are transferred to fabrics using hand carved blocks to stamp shapes of the oldest form as well as new. Images ranging from abstract shapes to portraits that tell stories are applied to materials and used in garments. 

While dying is a very old tradition, it is not the only method of injecting color and pattern into fabrics. Various forms of embroidery have been used in Indian apparel and decorative pieces as well. Women hand stitch the desired shapes, often reflecting flora and fauna or bright geometric shapes, allowing for intricate detail to be delicately added. The style of embroidery or stitching is specific to region and is a reflection of the culture of the area. Using needle and thread also allows for other adornment to be added such as small mirrors or beads. The incredible range of fabrics can be used as clothing, quilts or other items around the home. The elaborate craftsmanship of the women who make these allows for a great variety in depictions as well as creating texture. 

Incorporating any of these pieces invites an ancient art form into your present world. Whether it be a soft scarf, airy blouse or something ornamental for your home, having a beautiful creation made by someone thousands of miles away based on a skill developed generations ago is a modern miracle. There is a story behind each hand crafted item that is a gift to be called your own. 

Spring is Finally Here - are you ready?

Despite the relentless predictions of snow, spring will arrive eventually and as the temperature evolves so should our wardrobes. We will finally be able to shed our parkas and boots and welcome the return of jackets and shoes. However spring often brings a variety of weather variations that require flexibility in our attire. Wind, rain, sun, mud and vast temperature swings can be a part of any March or April day which demands our most creative layering techniques. While scarves are a great way to add warmth and style to your outfit, layering shirts and jackets adds depth and a world of versatility. 

With spring comes buds, flowers and color! We can use that shift as our inspiration to shed puffy insulated Nylon coats and move to more organic, colorful and comfortable wardrobe elements. Choosing blouses, scarves and jackets with floral patterns add a touch of femininity. Selecting eclectic and bold patterns immediately brightens a dreary, and perhaps rainy, spring day. Bringing in soft cottons, linen and silk reminds us of warmer days ahead. Jackets and other wardrobe options from Haath Designs can add delightful detail and color!

And this spring, after such a harsh winter, dare to be bold! Pair a hand block printed top  with a bold printed jacket under your trench. Choose a silk embroidered jacket with a soft, cool cotton shirt for a statement at work. Throw on a bright Indian print over a light cotton jacket and hand dyed or hand woven scarf. How about wearing a colorful tunic under your blazer or with your favorite pair of jeans? Introduce unexpected pairings of textures and patterns. Mix paisley with camouflage medieval with modern. Remember that little pops of color can be added by wearing red lipstick, turquoise jewelry, a beaded clutch or bright shoe. Bring as many tints and tones to your look as your newly budding flower bed.  Be colorful and exciting as we all welcome spring with a sigh of relief!

We’ve added many new items to our Spring collection! Stop by our website to view and then call us for a personal shopping appointment.

Add Color, Texture and Style Simply and Affordably with Versatile Scarves

Regardless of the season, scarves are always a smart choice for enhancing your outfit. Whether you’re running to the office, out to lunch with friends or attending a formal dinner party, adding color and texture is easy using scarves.

If you haven’t shopped for a scarf in a while, you may not realize that they are not all created equal! You can always grab your plaid wool scarf or your knitted infinity version and wrap it around your neck when you need to run out in the cold and shovel, but scarves have come a long way.

You can find them not only a variety of sizes -- large squares, small squares, and long horizontal versions -- which can create many different looks depending upon how you tie them, but you can also find them in a wide variety of fabrics such as cotton, silk, organza and wool, and even blends and combinations. From soft and sheer to firm and whimsical to thick and cozy, scarves aren’t just for wearing with a heavy coat to keep your neck warm.

The scarves we offer are all handmade, some feature beautiful hand-stitched embroidery, while others are made from rich, vibrant colors, tones and prints to highlight your eyes, your matching or contrasting bag or jacket or even your glasses!

Don’t limit yourself. Try varying the colors, textures and designs to create different looks. There are also a myriad of ways to tie scarves and there are many videos on the internet explaining fun and unique ways to use your scarf to stand out and make a statement. Most people rely on one or two they are familiar with but the possibilities are endless.

And try layering scarves – taking one of a solid color and pairing it with one with a pattern and then tie and fold to create a whole new look. A beautiful scarf can even be the focal point of an otherwise monochromatic outfit bringing a pop to your style!

So set aside your necklaces for now and experiment with fashionable and fun scarves instead. Add handmade scarves for a unique look that no one else will duplicate. They’re a fun, fashionable and inexpensive way to enhance your wardrobe immediately.

See items from our collection here