Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saree designed with an old silk border

Last year I could  design very few  sarees. All the materials I have bought to design sarees are quitely sitting in the cupboard waiting for their turn,to get designed as saree. I could complete an order from my friend , designing Saree with screen printing . And another with paisley design.

And for myself I had designed a saree with patchwork of cloth with pritns of Jaimini Roy's paintings. Another as a gift to my sister in law, with Kalamkari Border. I have done saree designing with patch work or attaching of borders, as it is easy and takes very less time. Thinking of designing sarees with fabric painting , Kutch embroidery and Kerala Mural painting. Don't know when I can complete the designing of those sarees :)

Here is the one I designed recently:
This I designed for my mother in law. She had an old silk saree which was damaged all over the body. But the border is very beautiful and not damaged. Still the zari has the same luster.

To contrast the border I bought simple cloth in dark blue, with motifs all over in Banarasi weaving.

See how the border looks on the cloth:


Stitched the border along the length , using my sewing machine. This sewing machine is always my favorite. I have designed many sarees using this machine and made many embroideries too.


And little above the border attached  a small border made from the brocade cloth I had.
Here is my Chammak Challo ( the mannequin) wearing the saree.

I didn't have to design the blouse for this, already my mother in law had the same old blouse stitched. :)

Soon will design a saree with Kutch work embroidery. Hope I will complete that soon.

Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Friday, January 29, 2016

An online marketplace to sell your handmade products



We craft lovers end up making many handmade items, out of our passion. This happens with me many times. I keep on learning many forms of crafts and make many products. I can't keep all the items for myself. So I sell these items. But when I tried to sell items, I faced many problems. Most of the people would ask for half of the price. And most of the time many people from outside country were interested to buy the products, I could not sell because of the hassles like money transfer, shipping etc.
An Online market place :
My search for online market place was on. I wanted all the conveniences mentioned above. I could find some but I was not satisfied with the terms and conditions about the commission. At last my search ended on finding a freeonline shop where the hidden costs or commissions are not involved. That online market place is ezebee.com

 Signing up with ezebee.com:  

Signing up with ezebee.com is very easy. Just a click on the link here, and fill up the profile details. Also you can sign up with your facebook  or twitter account.

Selling your products worldwide:
Ezebee.com  is an online place where you can showcase and sell your handmade products worldwide. Setting up of your online shop is very easy. The categories you can work with can be chosen from the given list and create your show room to showcase and sell the products. It’s easy to upload the images of the products.





Ezebee is a platform connected worldwide. So your handmade products are available to many to view. There are search options for different categories. The online customers can browse the categories, select the product and place the order. The payment gets directly deposited to the seller's account. You don't have to pay commission to anyone to sell your handmade products. The product also should be shipped byt the artisan.
 Free facebook shop
 There is one more feature in ezebee.com, which I liked is Free face book shop. The seller can add Facebook shop app toFacebook Page and get more sales from fans.

Become an entrepreneur with ezebee.com:  

ezebee.com, is a platform which help many of the artisans to become entrepreneurs , by making their handmade products to reach worldwide. As I have mentioned, ezebee.com is connected internationally, available in 140 countries and 9 different languages. It has the platform to support different currencies. Also you can get connected to other artisans. Most of the time entrepreneurs get stuck by not finding a proper online market place to sell their products. If they have also, the commission deduction by platforms is really disappointing.
 



 I found a right place to sell my handmade products.
You can visit the ezebee.com shop here and also sign up to set up your shop here.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

How to Make Native American Jewelry



A guest post by Jessica Kane
 
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in arts and crafts, DIY, and other handmade products. She currently writes for Indian Traders, a leading vendor of native american blankets and jewelry.


  How to Make Native American Jewelry
Native American jewelers define their jewelry as something that uses more natural materials. For example, they might use semi-precious gems, bones, shells or feathers to create jewelry. Because Native Americans traded with the colonists, they also encountered newer materials that they added into their jewelry, such as glass beads, precious metals like silver and other materials that they incorporated into their jewelry.

The Squash Blossom

One example of Native American jewelry would be the Squash Blossom necklace, which is a Navajo necklace. For thousands of years, the Squash Blossom necklace served as a symbol for people to take power over the forces that affect society. When the Navajo first started working leather, silver and other precious metals, that is when they took their culture from a warrior culture and turned it into more of a merchant culture. 





How to Design Your Own Native American Jewelry

To design your own Native American jewelry, you start by studying authentic Native American jewelry. You might own a piece of your own, and you might look at photos of it. This serves as a template for your own plan. Next, you have to gather the materials that you will need. Some of the materials that have been used in Native American jewelry include:

      Stones
      Horn
      Shells
      Porcupine Quills
      Feathers

Historically and traditionally, the Native Americans put their jewelry together using leather and plant fibers. They might also have used the tendons from the animals that they hunted. The thing about the Native Americans is that they did not waste anything from the animals they hunted.


Should You Invest in a Semi-precious Stone?

Designing jewelry comes down to adding your own personal flair to it. To design a piece of Native American jewelry, you can use coral, turquoise or another stone to serve as the focal point. When it comes to Native American bead-based and metalwork jewelry, you have two separate classifications.

The Use of Silver Jewelry

The Navajo and other Southwestern Native Americans made a lot of use of sterling silver. They became so good at it, in fact, that they became famous for their silver jewelry. However, they did not traditionally work with this material. Silver working came about when they associated with the Spanish. If you are going to craft Navajo jewelry that includes turquoise or silver, you will need an exceptional level of skill. First, you have to learn how to work with copper and silver. Bead work in Native American jewelry goes back thousands of years, but they did not work with glass beads until after the Europeans came to the Americas. Before glass beads, they used other materials to create beads, including:

      Wood
      Stone
      Teeth
      Bone
      Shells

If you have a deep interest in learning how to create Native American jewelry, consider enrolling in a workshop that will teach you how to make authentic Native American jewelry. If you are serious about the craftsmanship and you want to go into business for it, this can be a huge help.




The Different Types of Native American Jewelry

Bolo ties remain a unique craft that comes from the Southwestern Native American tribes. They wore it around the neck, instead of wearing a tie. Oftentimes, bolos have been made from braided leather or ornamental stones. If you ever looked at the different Native American jewelry, you might realize that some jewelry looks similar. This is because a lot of Native American tribes were influenced by the neighboring tribes. As a result, some of the jewelry looked strikingly similar. Nevertheless, a lot of Native tribes still kept their own personality and traditions alive. Another reason that the differences were less noticeable was because even before the colonization of the Americas, beads, copper, ivory and amber were huge trade items.

Spiritual Native American Jewelry

Sometimes the jewelry served a spiritual purpose. For example, sometimes jewelry that incorporated feathers were intended as a form of prayer. It could also be a mark of honor or to represent the creative force of nature. If the jewelry uses an arrowhead, it is said to represent the adventurer in each of us, and it also represents the hunter. Sometimes, they placed turquoise into their jewelry because it was said to bring good fortune, strength and help with illnesses. The natural variations of turquoise were part of their large appeal with the Native Americans. If you see onyx incorporated into your jewelry, it is believed that it collects negative energy from those who wear it.

 

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