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Indian Hand Embroidered Design Patterns


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MUDRA means hand postures – usually with the palm & fingers sealed in different ways together. Mudra for Yoga is used to direct energy through various parts of the body. I have posted the pictures of these Mudras here- Please click the pictures to view more clearly.

Recommended positions to perform these mudras: seated cross-legged on a mat or on a chair with mat under the legs- make sure no body part touches the ground (earth) in order to avoid transferring the energy to the ground instead of remaining in the body

2.GyanMudra, PruthviMudra and Pran Mudra can be done irrespective of whether a person suffers from a disease or not. Other Mudras should be continued until the disease is cured.

3. Any one mudra can be done for 30-40 minutes daily

4. Do not wear any types of ornaments/accesories on the wrist and fingers area in order to let the energy radiate without barriers

5. Perform mudras on empty stomach so early morning is a good time!

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Ayurveda meaning the science of life is the oldest medical system available native to the land of India. It was placed in written form over 5,000 years ago in India, it was said to be a world medicine dealing with both body and the spirit. VedaVyasa, the famous sage, Shaktavesha avatar of Vishnu, put into writing the complete knowledge of Ayurveda. The study is based on the belief that the body is comprised of five basic elements of the universe: air, water, fire, space & earth. The healing and prevention elements include herbal medicines as well certain diet control while being put on such medication depending on the percentage of these 5 elements in the individual human body. It is a long-term prevention route rather than the short-term treatment of illness. It not only prevents and cures diseases but also enhances concentration, strength as well as beauty of a body.

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Yogasana – The traditional physical & mental disciplines originating from India

Yoga is deeply recognized in Hindu idealism to be the contemplation for effecting union of the human soul with the Supreme Being. Although recognized as Hindu origin, Yoga is not a religion – it is a way to live life aiming towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. There are different forms of Yoga, basically – breathing techniques, meditation & poses(asana in Hindi). The 6 main branches of yoga are : Hatha (sun & moon – balance between the opposites), Bhakti (devotion), Jnana (knowledge), Karma (duty), Raja (8-limbed yoga because there are 8 aspects to get acquainted with reality and attain liberation), Tantra (study of universe from the point of view of an individual)
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Hand Embroidered- Custom Made Indian Women’s dresses

 Reflecting the rich heritage and culture of India, the hand crafted embroidery potrays various Indian customs and cultures. Sequins, Beads (famous in western part of India – Gujarat and Rajasthan- using glass, wooden, metallic as well as plastic beads in various shapes and sizes), Zardozi (Zari elements like coiled wire, beads, dabka etc used to create motifs and is a form of metallic appliqué embroidery), Kantha thread work (one of the best example of how a simple stitch can create elaborate motifs- a speciality of Bengal in East India) , Mirror (glass cut in various shapes/sizes embroidered in fabric and very common in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Orissa), phulkari (very intricate floral patterns very common in Punjab), Kashmiri (skilled use of a single or two stitches in a fabric from various forms like chain, satin, slanted darn, herringbone etc.) and chikankari (thread work designs originated in Lucknow, northern India which is now expanded to be including various small/large designs in combination of other embroidery styles to match-up with the diverse demands), cutwork (cutting away and discarding certain portions of the fabric and stitch the edges with buttonhole style in order to create various patterns) – are the few embroidery forms prevailing in most of the ethnic collection of Indian wear. These can be crafted on Sarees, Chaniya Choli, Salwar Kameez or even the Indo-western style kurtis.         


1. MultiColor Chaniya Choli  with cut-dana     2. Red_White_ChaniyaCholi with beads and cut-dana       3. BlackSaree with Zardozi work        

 4. Blue Golden Indo-western     5. BlueGolden Salwar Kameez     6. BlueSilkThreadWorkEmbroiderySaree      7. Lemon Yellow sequins Short top 8. LemonYellow-White Cutwork Saree with mirror Work    9. OrangeSalearKameez with Contrast Bright Red Dupatta    10.White saree with Golden cutwork & sequins       












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India celebration on March 13th 2010

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:21 pm | Updated: 12:25 pm, Wed Mar 10, 2010.

By Tess Nacelewicz | 1 comment

Shush! That’s the word many people associate with libraries.

But while they are quiet places to study and read, they also serve another function in today’s world, according to Rita Swidrowski, a library assistant in the children’s room at the Scarborough Public Library.

“Libraries have traditionally been thought of as very passive places, where you go in and get a book and you leave,” she said. But, Swidrowski said, modern libraries also play a different role in the community. “They’re a forum where you share community resources and culture.”

On Saturday, March 13, the Scarborough Public Library will be very much alive with culture – and color – as the library hosts a Celebrate India event with the aid of area families who immigrated from that country. The event is open to the public and designed for children and adults of all ages.

The sounds and sights of India will fill the building from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn about Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors, and will get to hear a traditional Indian story, sample authentic Indian dishes, participate in sand and henna painting, watch dancing and drumming demonstrations, and view Indian costumes and artifacts.

The furniture will be pushed aside and the library will temporarily forgo its usual quiet atmosphere, said Celeste Shinay, the library’s manager of programming and development. “If you’re coming for a quiet time (at the library), just don’t come between 11 (a.m.) and 12:30 (p.m.),” she said.

The celebration is an expanded version of a new program the library began a few months ago to help children learn more about the increasingly diverse world in which they live.

The monthly series is called “Stories from Around the World,” a program started about five months ago by youth services librarian Travis Tschacher. In that program, children have been listening to stories from countries as diverse as Colombia and Poland, Swidrowski said. The children have also heard short presentations about those countries and their customs.

However, the library’s program on India is more in-depth. That’s because about 20 residents of Scarborough and neighboring communities who are originally from India volunteered to collaborate with the library to create the authentic celebration.

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Presenting colorful India

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