Behind The Scenes – From Decision To Delivery; The Journey Of Your Indian Bridal Lengha

Behind The Scenes – From Decision To Delivery; The Journey Of Your Indian Bridal Lengha

 

Indian bridal lengha

So after months of scouring every bridal store on these fair Isles, you found My Trousseau. And much to the delight (and relief) of your tirelessly optimistic mum and exhausted friends, most of whom you?re pretty sure will forgive the bridezilla-esque tantrums before the big day; you have finally found the Indian bridal lengha of your dreams.

Now, ?after all the frantic searching and many a-claustrophobic changing rooms, when on more than one occasion you weren?t sure you?d make it out of a blouse with your head intact; the hard-work begins. Begins?? That?s right, you heard me, begins. Asking a multi-tasking, hyper-organised, super-bride to wait a number months for her Indian bridal lengha, is the ultimate test of her patience. And because we understand how hard that can be, My Trousseau breakdown the process for you:

Once you have finalised the design and details of your Indian bridal lengha, work transfers to our atelier in India.

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pattern draft

1. FABRIC AND DYEING

The first step in the process is to source the finest silk fabrics, the base from which we will build your dream Indian bridal lengha. Next, the fabric is dyed to order, per your specification.

2. PATTERN DRAFTING

After this our Master Pattern-cutter will use over twenty of your body measurements to meticulously draft patterns for your Indian bridal lengha, tailored to your body shape. These patterns are then used to make the embroidery trace or ?khaka?. Each piece of the pattern is laid out on industrial grade tracing paper and outlined, giving the perimeters for the embroidery trace.

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3. EMBROIDERY TRACE

The khaka maps out the embroidery design. This means that every line/curve that makes up the flowers, leaves and other motifs of the embroidery design is meticulously drawn onto the trace so that when transferred onto the fabric, the embroiderers or ?karigars? will know where to make each stitch. Once complete the trace is then pinned, to allow the design to be transferred.

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Embroidery trace - My Trousseau

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Indian bridal lengha

 

4. FRAMING

The fabric is then stretched over a large wooden frame, called an ?uddha?, which keeps the fabric taught making it possible to embroider. Once the fabric is on the uddha, the pinned khaka is transferred onto the fabric using ink, which seeps through the pin holes. The embroidery design inked onto the fabric is now visible to the karigars, who can then start their work.

5. EMBROIDERY

The art of embroidery is a vastly complex subject, worthy of a series of blogs in itself, but in very basic terms embroidery is the application of components and materials such as sequins, beads and metallic /non-metallic threads onto fabric. There are thousands of varieties of components and hundreds of qualities within these. At My Trousseau, we use only high-quality, original materials. These components are then embroidered onto the fabric using either an ?aari? needle which is a fine crochet needle, or a ?zardozi? needle which is a needlepoint needle. Whichever application technique is used, each individual bead, sequins or thread requires at least two stitches. This gives you an idea of how much time and work it takes to handcraft the embroidery adornment on your Indian bridal lengha. It can take a karigar many, many months depending on the complexity of the design to complete the embroidery for an Indian bridal lengha.

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indian bridal lengha

6. STITCHING

The embroidered fabric is then cut using the pattern drafted in step two and given to our experienced tailors who will use their skills to assemble your Indian bridal lengha. Our tailors are under strict instruction to pay careful attention to the finishing; it will be as immaculate in its construction on the inside as it is on the out.

So, as a reward for all your hard work and patience, you?re Indian bridal lengha will be something to be cherished not just for its outward appearance but also for the love and care with which it was crafted.

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