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zardozi. | letter from the editor

One year has passed since we launched

Zardozi. What star ted out with a late night conversation about the possibility of a lifestyle magazine accessible to all South Asian women around the globe, became a reality shor tly therafter. The Zardozi team has seen many late

nights since, working tirelessly to bring you a magazine to be proud of. It was our dream to create a magazine that speaks to the incredible hopes and dreams of

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDY LEE

diverse South Asian women. Zardozi is for all of you. We hope for you to celebrate

this one year anniversary with us! As Zardozi women, our common bond is a love for East and West. No matter where we live, we all share one common thread and what often ties us together is family. In this issue we celebrate our connections through stories of adoption, grandparents and a husband and wife duo who create custom fragrances. Family is what keeps us together and helps us honor the traditions of our ancestors. We want to share that sentiment to all of you, our extended Zardozi family. After a long winter we are happy to usher in the latest in spring and summer styles to keep your wardrobe up-to-date and have you feeling your best. In this issue we also feature successful, smar t and powerful South Asian women who are making their dreams come true Zardozi strives to be the voice of these women and to be the voice for you. Thank you for being par t of our Zardozi family and for sharing this exciting journey with us.

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ZARDOZI TEAM RINA CHANDARANA JOHN Editor-in-Chief

ALISHA CHANDARANA SANGHERA Creative Director

YASMIN HAKIM Graphic Design Director ANDY LEE PATRICIA RECOURT Contributing Photographers BLAYRE ELLESTAD ELLE & BE Contributing Cinematographer MANI JASSAL Contributing Stylist LISA VELLA ASHLEY READINGS Hair & Makeup Artists FOR SUBMISSIONS & ADVERTISING INQUIRIES info@zardozimagazine.com COPYRIGHT © Zardozi magazine, 2014. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted, the contents of this magazine are the copyrighted property of Zardozi magazine and may not be reproduced without permission. Zardozi magazine assumes no responsibility for any effects from errors or omissions.


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Issue N°3

style

�� RANG REPORT

Fresh hues to help plan your spring/summer wardrobe

�� STYLE TRENDS

This season's top trends that we are obsessed with

�� RUNWAY REPORT

Our favorite designer fashions from runways around the world

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�� RINA'S WISHLIST

The Editor-in-Chief's must-haves this season

�� SARI SWITCH

A little switcheroo can inject new life into an old sari

�6 FIESTA BLUES

Take off on a blue streak with eclectic looks for a bold woman

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How to wear pastels like a lady

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A simple and fun DIY project from the girls at Unconfied Aspirations

woman

�� BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

NYC Designer Sheena Trivedi shares her fashion inspirations

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�� SAIRA HAYAT KHAN

Steal Saira's style as she shares her summer wardrobe staples

�� D.S. & DURGA

Kavi Ahuja Moltz talks to us about her frangrance brand

beauty

�� FRESH FACE

Zardozi approved beauty picks for a flawless visage

�� COLOUR THEORY Turn your makeup routine up a notch with a splash of colour

travel

�� RAJASTHAN

Travel to the "Land of Kings" for an unparalleled experience

�� YASMIN'S WISHLIST

Travel essentials from Zardozi's Graphic Design Director

news

�� HOT OFF THE PRESS Fascinating stories from the subcontinent and more

family

�� BA'S TATTOOS

Zardozi goes back in time to discover the meaning of an old beauty tradition

��� A HEART FOR INDIA

A Southern family travels to Pondicherry to adopt a baby boy

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RANG REPORT Spring into summer with the year's most flattering hues to complement your warm weather wardrobe

PANTONE 2014

RADIANT ORCHID

MINTY HEMLOCK

CELOSIA ORANGE

DAZZLING BLUE

Pantone's Colour of the Year reminds us of Sugarplum fairies, Japanese Kasumi pearls and fields of flowers from lavender to orchids.

A cool take on a spring shade, perfect when combined with a bold colour. The minty green reminds one of spring foliage blooming again.

Get whisked away to a tropical locale with this warm and energetic tone. Pair it with turquoise for a pretty twist on summer style.

Be the center of attention when you walk into a room in this deep blue.The royal hue can add a dramatic element to formal attire.

PANTONE 18-3224

PANTONE 15-6114

PANTONE 17-3160

PANTONE 18-3949

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Radiant Orchid PANTONE’S COLOUR OF THE YEAR IS SOFT AND SWEET SCARF Lily and Lionel Petal Flora Print Cotton Scarf $167 www.matchesfashion.com DRESS Prabal Gurung Exposed Back Crepe-Sable Midi Dress $2.550 www.modaoperandi.com NECKLACE Crown Jewels Collar $38 www.baublebar.com RING Anya Jewels Sterling Silver Moonstone Ring $85 www.maxandchloe.com SKIRT Lela Rose Floral Satin Skirt $1,595 www.net-a-porter.com NAIL POLISH Butter London Molly Coddled $15 www.beauty.com EARRINGS Suzanna Dai Fireworks Drops $213 www.charmandchain.com HEELS Jimmy Choo Gretta Suede Sandals $499 www.theoutnet.com CLUTCH Stella McCartney Eco Faux Napa Clutch $299 www.barneys.com

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Mint to Be FRESH AND CLEAN ACCESSORIES LIVEN UP A WARDROBE HEELS Mary June Poisson Sandals Collection SS 14 us.christianlouboutin.com DRESS Fieona Sugar Sweet Floral Printed Dress $375 www. tedbaker-london.com BRA Lou Petillante Demi Cup Bra $79 www.journelle.com PURSE Mini Rider Bag $395 www.loefflerrandall.com BANGLES Bar III Bangle Set $32 www.macys.com EARRINGS Coralia Leets Peruvian Opal Teardrops $270 www.shoplatitude.com SLIP-ONS Printed Leather Slip-Ons $50 www.zara.com NECKLACE Tortoise Persimmon Collar $44 www.baublebar.com

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Orange Crush STEP INTO SPRING WITH THIS VIBRANT HUE PILLOW Peace/Love Pop Pillow $145 www.jonathanadler.com EARRINGS Anais Grape Flower Earrings $195 www.toryburch.com TUNIC Anita Dongre Gota Pati Tunic $128 www.perniaspopupshop.com FLATS Taramay Tangerine Quilted Ballet Flats $106 www.perniaspopupshop.com DRESS Clover Canyon Floral Discs Neoprene Dress $298 www.farfetch.com EARRINGS Naina Balsaver Pachi Work Ear Tops $1,312 www.perniaspopupshop.com STOOL Orange Coin Carving Garden Stool $219 www.belleandjune.com

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Dazzling Blue DREAMING OF THE CÔTE D’AZURE SKIRT Prabal Gurung Floral Print Skirt $995 www.modaoperandi.com EARRINGS KiraKira Lapis & White Sapphire Arabesque Earrings $548 www.maxandchloe.com JUMPSUIT VI.ES by Vidhi Sheth Blue Embellished Jumpsuit $324 www.perniaspopupshop.com BANGLE Charles Albert Recycled Glass Bangle $63 www.maxandchloe.com DRESS Roland Mouret Redbay Dress $2,414 www.bernardboutique.com HEELS Criss Cross High Heel Sandals $90 www.zara.com CLUTCH Jeweled Suede Clutch $198 www.jcrew.com

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Manish Arora ELMA METAL GOLD PLATED EARRINGS LUISVIAROMA, $358

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Zimmerman GOOD LOVE PLUME BIB ZIMMERMAN, $675

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Akira CHAIN FRINGE FLORAL SET SHOPAKIRA, $27

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RINGE APPEAL

An update on the hippie vibe

Jason Wu WHITE FRINGE SEQUIN TOP FARFETCH, $1,695

Rachel Roy WOODSTOCK WONDER FRINGE TOTE RACHEL ROY, $109

Paula Cademartori SYLVI FOLK FRINGED LEATHER CLUTCH LUISVIAROMA, $1,589

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Shakuhachi FLOATING PANEL CROP TOP FARFETCH, $157

Christopher Kane BLACK EMBROIDERED SHEER CRACKLE CLUTCH SSENSE, $560

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Gianvito Rossi METALLIC LEATHER & PLEXY PUMPS FORWARD BY ELISE WALKER, $725


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Jonathan Simkhai METALLIC BOUCLÉ BUSTIER NET-A-PORTER, $325

Jane Norman ANIMAL NECKLACE CROP TOP HOUSE OF FRASER, $50

3.1 Phillip Lim CAMEL PERFORATED CROPPED TOP AVENUE 32, $475

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Show your fierce side

Fendi ALL IN MEDIUM ZEBRA PRINT TOTE NET-A-PORTER, $950

Valentino ROCKSTUD LEOPARD PRINT CALF HAIR POINT TOE FLATS NET-A-PORTER, $995

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COCO LEOPARD PRINT MINI DRESS THE OUTNET, $186


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C. Wonder ANIMAL CERAMIC PLATE C. WONDER, $38

Zimmerman SILK TIE SHORT ZIMMERMAN, $115

BaubleBar TORTOISE INDO PENDANT BAUBLEBAR, $52

Charlotte Olympia POLY CALF HAIR AND LEATHER PUMPS THE OUTNET, $500

Helene Berman ANIMAL AND LACE PRINT SILK SCARF HOUSE OF FRASER, $130

ModCloth GLITZ AND CLAMOR MAGNETS MODCLOTH, $15

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LOWER POWER Sweet and Summery

Sass & Bide ARM YOURSELF EMBROIDERED DRESS SASS & BIDE, $650

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Rara Avis PEACH METALLIC PETAL CLUTCH PERNIA'S POP-UP SHOP, $128

Jenny Bevlin CHANEL FLOWER FOIL ART PRINT ETSY, $15

J.Crew COLLECTION PRINTED SHANTUNG PANTS NET-A-PORTER, $300

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Dolce & Gabbana ANITA FLORAL PRINT SILK TOTE NET-A-PORTER, $795

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Jane Norman FLORAL PRINT BLAZER JACKET JANE NORMAN, $93

Atsu CORAL PINK GARDEN LEHENGA PERNIA'S POP-UP SHOP, $1,494

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Marchesa MARISOL FLORAL EMBELLISHED SUEDE CLUTCH NET-A-PORTER, $1,895

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SHANTANU & NIKHIL

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zardozi. | style HOME AND NATIVE LAND

Give a shout-out to your zip code by wearing one of these pendants www.baublebar.com

MIDI SKIRTS

The perfect length to show off a stunning pair of heels www.shoplily.be

TRUE BLUE

Blue has been and always will be, my favorite colour! www.perniaspopupshop.com

Rina’s WISHLIST From printed pants to provincial love, Zardozi’s Editor-in Chief shares her season’s must-haves

TRAVEL BUG

Taking a trip to the exotic, has never been easier www.notneutral.com

LOUNGE IN STYLE

Lotus flowers surrounding majestic Rajasthani palaces www.caitlinwilsontextiles.com

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African inspired necklaces, remind me of my family’s journey www.maxandchloe.com www.bluefly.com

PRINTED PANTS

Pattered pants paired with a solid shirt is comfort and cute all in one www.modaoperandi.com

PRETTY PETALS

It’s so nice to see that the flowers are blooming and this trend is here to stay www.perniaspopupshop.com

SWEET CHEEKS

The perfect summer glow www.sephora.com

SIREN SONG

I have always been drawn to mysterious mermaids since it is my name’s meaning www.jonathanadler.com

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BURBERRY PRORSUM, BLUE SUEDE SKIRT // MANI JASSAL, EMBROIDERED NET JACKET // HEELS, ZARA // SWARAN JEWELLERS, EARRINGS


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F I E S TA B L U E S Photographer Patricia Recourt Creative Director Alisha Chandarana Sanghera Stylist Mani Jassal Hair & Make-up Ashley Readings

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COMME DES GARÇONS, SHORTS // JOE FRESH, WHITE BLOUSE

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MANI JASSAL, BLUE CROP TOP

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CHRISTOPHER KANE, BLUE VELVET JACKET // SWARAN JEWELLERS, EARRINGS

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PASTEL PRETTY THIS SEASON'S COOLEST TONES

TICKLE ME PINK LADY LENGTH SKIRT SKOT, $245

POLYNESIAN STONE NECKLACE J.CREW, $138

FORMULA X PASTEL SKY SEPHORA, $11

CLEO SUEDE LOAFERS J.CREW, $99

how to wear pastels in real life 1. THINK LIKE A LADY When stepping out in this season's coolest tones, it’s all about being a lady. 2. CONSIDER YOUR TONES Select your focus tone and keep the look consistent. Pick one color like lilac and work around varying shades of this tone. Pair with graphics for a tougher look or mix pastels with similarly toned prints to bring in other colorful elements. Finish with gold studs or pearls. 3. TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Looking to go bold? Sub in delicate accessories for chunky natural wood bracelets and heavy beaded necklaces.

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FLOWER POWER The girls at Unconfined Aspirations show us how a little glue and faux florals can quickly transform a simple clutch

1. GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES Collect your glue gun, silk flower s of your choice (we got them from Michael's), and a bag or other accessories you would like to use .

2. PLAN THE DESIGN Decide where each flower is going to be placed so you get an idea of how it will look at the end. Once you have chosen, take a sharpie and mar k the spot.

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3. ATTACH FLOWERS Get your hot-glue gun. Look for the mar k and star t adhering the flower s onto the bag.

4. SECURE FLOWERS Press down so the flower s are proper ly attached. Allow it to sit until dr y.

OPTIONAL EMBELLISHMENTS We had these loose fake pear ls lying around, so we hot-glued them to the center of a few of the flower s.

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OF BOTH WORLDS

Designer Sheena Trivedi has caught Zardozi’s attention with her mix of Eastern and Western inspired designs. The 29-year-old Pittsburgh, Ohio native and current New York City resident was exposed to fashion at a young age when she saw her biggest inspiration, her Mom, start a fashion accessories brand. Zardozi chatted with her after she launched her New York Fashion Week men’s and women’s collection, “Kids of Bengal.”

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ashion designer Sheena Trivedi may live in the United States, but she loves to incorporate her South Asian heritage in the designs for her brand, Sheena Trivedi. Her first collection was titled Boarding Pass-New York/New Delhi mixing both East and West. “I meld the Indian aesthetic, fabrics, styling and handmade embroidery with the Western/ European silhouette,” says Trivedi. “Handmade brocades, silk based fabrics, wool and linens are paired with leather.” Every one of her female models wear bindis and contemporary Indian jewelry in shows, photo shoots, look books, campaigns and editorials. Trivedi says it is important that her collections reflect her heritage because she is proud of her South Asian identity. “Both of my parents ensured that we were exposed to and engrossed in Indian culture, food, music and Bollywood,” says Trivedi. “I am really happy my parents raised us that way since India is such an imperative part of me personally and professionally.” Trivedi’s designs are produced in New Delhi. “The craftsmanship and embroidery skills there never cease to amaze me,” says Trivedi. Her experience includes workshops at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was also a buyer with Saks Fifth Avenue. Starting any business can be challenging and Trivedi says her journey involved a lot of blood, sweat, tears, energy, effort, passion and support from family and friends. “Fortunately my parents have been extremely supportive of my passion and my brand,” says Trivedi.

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woman | zardozi. It’s that circle of love that helps her through the ups and downs of the fashion world. “There is no shortage of pressure, opinions and competition,” says Trivedi. “It can be burdensome and distracting at times, but as an emerging designer you have to stay focused and true to yourself and your vision.” Trivedi’s favorite part of her job is that she can let her imagination run wild to create her label, which she says is edgy enough for New York, chic enough to wear in Paris and traditional enough to wear in India.

“think outside of the box. pour your heart and soul into everything you do and share it with the world.”

This Zardozi woman has some tips for other women wanting to achieve their dreams. She suggests networking so more people learn about your product. But the biggest tip she shares is to believe in yourself. “First you need to forget that anything is impossible and really believe and envision your end goal. When you truly have faith in yourself, confidence and determination will get you there.” In her opinion, failure isn’t when something doesn’t work out, but when you give up. “Think outside of the box,” says Trivedi. “Pour your heart and soul into everything you do and share it with the world.”

SHEENA TRIVEDI 2014 COLLECTION (PICTURED)

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SHEENA TRIVEDI SPRING/ SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION

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TURQUOISE PETAL BINDI BINDI BOUTIQUE, $10

black frost pyramid cuff isharya, $198

East/West

inspiration

As a proud South Asian woman, India is always a source of inspiration for Trivedi. She includes brocades, jewelry, accessories and bindis to display her Eastern heritage in all her shows and collections.

SHEENA TRIVEDI

BRUSSELS EARRINGS PRERTO, $73

NAMRATA KUMAR ARABESQUE CLUTCH PERNIA’S POP-UP SHOP, $147

TIBETAN FLORAL BROCADE, EXOTIC INDIA ART, $105

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BLOGGER LOVE

SAIRA HAYAT KHAN SAIRA LIVES AND BREATHES FASHION. HER SELF-TITLED BLOG SAIRA HAYAT KHAN BRINGS READERS A GLIMPSE INTO HER UNIQUE STYLE. How would you describe your style? It is fusion because I incorporate my eastern culture with my western upbringing. Who is your style icon? Olivia Palermo. Her style is so tasteful yet minimalistic. How do you incorporate your South Asian background into your style? I love attempting to incorporate as much South Asian influence to any getup. The use of head jewels can spruce up any simple outfit. I’ll be rocking a variety of nose rings with western wear. I also love Pakistani fashion so much! Printed jumpsuits, embroidered maxis and cape styled overthrows are all a huge part of my spring/summer wardrobe.

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Saira's SUMMER STAPLES HEAD JEWELS ADD A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR PERNIA'S POP-UPSHOP, $46

A SUN HAT CAN CONCEAL A BAD HAIR DAY KATE SPADE, $78

CREATE A STATEMENT IN BOYFRIEND JEANS AND A PAIR OF KILLER HEELS

What are your summer essentials? Colourful and form fitting maxi dresses are so versatile that they can be worn in any event. Plus they keep you cool on hot days. Boyfriend jeans are my favorite piece of 2014. I never thought I’d see myself transition out of skinnies but the days have come! A sun hat is another necessity. A lot of people think that these can only be restricted to vacations. But it’s nice to use a well-structured hat to not only cover your face from the sun, but also to conceal a bad hair day. We all have our signature black purse that we use as a neutral to pair with everything and anything, but it’s essential to have a go to pop of colour to brighten up your outfit. Love statement heels! Since I live in an extremely cold climate, I seriously need to maximize the little time I have to wear open toed shoes!

MIX NOSE RINGS WITH WESTERN WEAR SUHANI PITTIE, $32 TRY A DESI INSPIRED EMBROIDERED MAXI VINEET BAHL, $625

A BRIGHT BAG ADDS A POP OF COLOUR

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FLIRTY MIDI

FULL CIRCLE MIDI SKIRT IN TOMATO TOPSHOP, $90

2 HAIR CURLER MIRACURL NANO TITANIUM HAIR CURLER BABYLISS, $150

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KIMONO FLORAL KIMONO NEXT, $43

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NEUTRAL SANDAL WRAPAROUND LEATHER SANDALS ZARA, $70

5 HOT SHADE MAC HEROINE LIPSTICK NORDSTROM, $16


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Kavi Ahuja Moltz made the switch from a career

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Zardozi caught up with Kavi to find out what

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launch fragrance

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brand D.S. & Durga

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Creative Director.

How did you build your business? We started off as small as can be, then started selling the products in some friends’ stores in Brooklyn. Word got out and since people haven’t heard of many self-taught independent perfumers, there was a good amount of interest and press.

David, is our perfumer or nose. We don’t have our perfumes created by someone else and then put our label on it. It’s a very rare thing in the perfume world. On top of that, we make sure our designs are attractive and our scent descriptions relate the depth of the stories that went into their creation.

The perfume industry has a lot of competition. How do you ensure your product stands out? Our story is truly unique because my partner,

What types of ingredients are used in the fragrances and where are they from? We use essential oils, resins, balsams and extracts from all over the world.


woman | zardozi. How can other Zardozi women achieve their dreams? Focus, be disciplined, and try harder than anyone around you. Dream big. I never thought I would be running my own business one day. How do you blend your South Asian culture in your style? I love gold jewelry! And desi girls can rock some hot pink like no one else.

What is an average day like for you? I wake at 6am with my kids, spend a couple hours with them playing around, having breakfast, preparing their lunch and getting them ready for the day. When they are off to school or with their nanny, I get to work in my home office catching up on emails and doing design work. David comes home from the studio around 6pm and we all have dinner together. He often brings home new scents for us to test out. Our three-year-old son, Krishna, is a budding perfumer and can already identify some notes like ylang-ylang and sandalwood. The funniest part is hearing him pronounce them!

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How has India inspired your scents? The raw materials available in India are often unparalleled. We source a few rare florals from a shop in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. We love wandering through the labyrinth type markets to find our goods.

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ALL OVER NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATIONS SEPHORA, $45

BROWS BROW POWDER DUO ANASTASIA, $23

CHEEKS STILA CUSTOM COLOR BLUSH IN PINK STILA $20

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Returning after almost ten years, Zardozi’s Graphic Design Director Yasmin Hakim, gets reacquainted with her ancestral state of Rajasthan. Come with her as she explores the “Land of Kings”. Discover why Udaipur is one of the most magical places on Earth with its heavenly palaces and breathtaking mountain views. And get to know Jaipur's budding shopping district, a hidden gem amongst the hilltop forts that traditionally draw tourists to the "Pink City."

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Called the "City of Lakes," Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, which successfuly evaded Mughal invaders for centuries. The city draws millions of tourists annually, who enjoy its stunning palaces (built over four and a half centuries), beautiful lakes and sweeping views of the Aravalli mountains. Udaipur is also celebrated on film in movies such as Ram Leela, Yaadein, Darjeeling Limited, Gandhi, and Octopussy. A truly romantic destination, Udaipur is a must-see when visiting India.

City Palace

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Resting on the east bank of Lake Pichola, the palace provides panoramic views of the city. The interiors are adorned with colored glass walls, marble lattice-work, mosaics, and silver inlay. The darbar (pictured), is located in the Peacock Courtyard where the king would preside over court matters.

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Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple

Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, it is an architectural marvel with intricate carvings of dancers, elephants, horsemen and more.

Monsoon Palace

Also known as Sajjan Garh, the palace sits high atop the Aravalli Hills. Maharana Fateh Singh used it to watch the monsoon clouds.

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

Inspired by the majestic palaces of Rajasthan, Udaivilas is resplendent with sprawling courtyards, bubbling fountains and decorative domes. The hotel is a popular location for weddings and was most recently featured in the wedding scene of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. For a truly opulent stay, book the 2,650 sq ft Kohinoor Suite with a 60 ft private pool. Oberoi Udaivilas Kohinoor Suite Poolside

Where to Stay

Sheesh Mahal restaurant at the Leela

Udaipur is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, including the historic Taj Lake Palace hotel (which appears to float on Lake Pichola), the 7-star Oberoi Udaivilas (favored by Bill Gates) and the Leela Palace, a modern wonder. Enjoy a weekend spa getaway, dine alfresco with a magical view of the lake at nighttime or book your wedding* for an unforgettable experience. Wake up to a breathtaking vista of mountains and the city and live life like a royal as a pampered guest at these hotels.

The Leela

Part of the Kempinski group of hotels, the Leela expertly combines traditional Rajasthani design with contemporary interiors and suites. For one of the finest dining experiences in the city, book a table at their Sheesh Mahal restaurant.

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Taj Lake Palace Hotel

The Lake Palace, originally created as a summer palace by Maharana Jagat Singh II by 1746, enabled the king to court the ladies of the zenana (women's den) at his leisure. Today it is one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Its Royal Butlers, descendants of the original palace retainers, symbolize the exemplary service enjoyed by guests. * Only Udaivillas and the Leela are available for weddings

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Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Rajasthan's capital is India's first planned city. Spend a day at the Hava Mahal (Palace of Winds), watch an elephant polo match or sleep in style at the Rambagh Palace. Enjoy the kite festival on January 14th when the sky is awash with colorful patangs. See the world's largest sundial at Jantar Mantar or marvel at the mirror work of Sheesh Mahal at Amer Fort. Sheesh Mahal's mirror inlay

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Jaighar Fort

In 1726, Jai Singh II built this fort to protect the palace at Amer Fort. The two are connected by subterranean passages that residents would escape through during wartime. With an abundance of iron ore in the area, the fort became an efficient canon foundry and center for artillery production. Legend has it buried treasure lies there, which Indira Gandhi's government may or may not have failed to find.

Amer Fort (or Amber Fort)

Experience a sense of adventure at the city's main attraction. Built in red sandstone and marble, it is designed around four main courtyards and overlooks the sparkling Maota Lake. Elephant rides are offered in the morning leading up to the entrance. Once inside, survey the courtyards and lake from one of the many balconies, cool off in the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), which glittered by candlelight in olden days or stop for a photo opp at the Baradhari pavillion where the sword fight between Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan was filmed for Jodhaa Akbar.

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Jaipur, the crafts capital of India, is a shopper’s paradise that represents the rich and vibrant traditions of Rajasthan. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh was a patron of the arts and invited craftsmen and artists to the city at its inauguration. Popular shopping districts include MI Road, Bapu Bazaar, Johari Bazaar, C-Scheme and the Civil Lines. Shop for tiedye fabrics, bandhani sarees, lehenga cholis, hand block prints, blue pottery, lacquer bangles, miniature paintings and kundan jewelry. The possibilities are endless.

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Founded by sisters Ritu Jain Singh and Ruchi Jain, Kalee fuses Indian and western designs like a boss. Shop a multitude of brands including Astha Jagwani, Micare, Rara Avis and Charu Desi. Prominently featured are Ritu’s eponymous line of cutting-edge Indianwear and Ruchi’s radical western line CRAZYHEART. Both implement tie-dye, crop tops and clever silhouettes in dynamically different ways. Visit their workshop for a surreal glimpse at the craft behind the fashion. Enjoy same day tailoring and friendly, knowledgeable service from a team with a true passion for innovative Indian fashion.

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Jaipur Modern

Jaipur Modern celebrates designers that utilize traditional craft methods. Find impeccably made goods in fashion, furniture, jewelry and art. The store practices what it preaches with exquisite marble floors handcrafted by artisans in Agra as well as hand embroidered walls in its restaurant. Conceived as a lifestyle space, Jaipur Modern also houses The Kitchen. Dine indoor/outdoor at the restaurant on simply delicious cuisine prepared by an Italian chef. Jaipur Modern

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Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

This soulful collection demonstrates earthy chic at its best. The team applies old sewing and hand techniques from their grandmothers’ time to natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk. Monochromatic schemes and muted tones complement magnificent silhouettes like kalidaar kurtas, wide billowing skirts and long angarkhas. Each look is completed with unique layering techniques that conjure effortless style.

Hot Pink

The Hot Pink outpost hidden inside the Amer Fort was founded by Gem Palace's owner. Antique Indian furniture and pops of color create a boho chic look in the stark white space. You will find stylish Indo-western dresses, funky accessories and scarves in every color all decorated with sophisticated detail and design.

Ninety One Degree

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Ninety One Degree is a young design house and manufacturer of European-Asian home goods. The store bridges the gap between lifestyle and handicrafts to sell unique products and high-end furniture. Ninety One Degree nurtures an international team of young and ambitious talent passionate about design.

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Buying Your Bridal Trousseau

Jaipur designers are highly sought after by brides who seek a traditional Rajasthani look. The regional dress of Rajasthan is the lehenga choli, commonly Traditional Gota Patti seen in a bandhani print. For the modern bride, glittering and heavy gota patti kaam (metallic ribbon embroidery) and mukesh work (metallic dots) are trending now. It is also popular to layer a saree or lengha blouse with an embroidered vest in a contrasting shade. The blouse will peek out from the vest to reveal a pop of color.

Nidhi Tholia

Largely inspired by the Mughal era, Nidhi Tholia weaves traditional forms of embroidery, including gota patti, into colorful silks and georgettes. Each piece is truly exquisite and could be handed down for generations with its timeless work. Shop for anarkalis, sarees, and lehengas with heavy work perfect for a bride or her bridal party.

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Swati Ubroi

Swati Ubroi

Swati Ubroi designs event and bridalwear that revive old crafts and techniques of the region. Find sarees, lehengas, anarkalis,and Nehru jackets embellished with gota patti, mukesh and chord work in a variety of fashion forward shades. Ubroi has dressed international celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

Miraangi

Shop designer suits, gowns, jewelry, and accessories that are perfect for a pre-wedding function or a wedding guest. The high-end boutique carries top designers like Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, and Namrata Joshipura. Miraangi

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Markings from another era dotted Radha Raja’s slim arms. Zardozi’s Editor-in-Chief, Rina Chandarana John, finds out why her paternal grandmother had those trajuvas and how it was a sign of style at the time. WRITTEN BY RINA JOHN CHANDARANA


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zardozi. | family My grandmother was a tiny woman, with a bent back and black-rimmed glasses. She wore a white sari, the mark of her Indian widowhood, which covered her long, braided, grey hair. But what stood out the most, were her hands and arms. They were lined with blue dots. Tattoos from another era. It is strange to think that my little grandmother had them. But my Ba, as we say in Gujarati, fit the social norm of her time. In the past, tattoos were considered stylish and feminine for village women in Gujarat. Western countries have only recently accepted piercings and tattoos, but they have also had a place in South Asian cultures. In India, women are decorated from head to toe. Noses and ears feature glimmering jewels, colourful saris drape the body and tattoos dotted arms and faces. The body was a canvas on which to create a work of art. The word tattoo appeared in English in the 18th century when Captain John Cook jounreyed to Tahiti in the Pacific. Locals there used the word tatua for the marks they made on their bodies. But the Puritans in New England associated tattoos with witchcraft and slaves were branded with them. P.T. Barnum, the man known for circuses and freak shows, displayed the first tattooed woman. Tattoos were seen as marks of people on the margins of society. But in Gujarat, they meant belonging. Explorer Marco Polo gives one of the earliest accounts of tattoos in India. Today tattoos aren’t as popular in Gujarat, but in Ba's time, they were the norm. Those who did not have tattoos were looked down upon. Ba was from a world so different from ours. Her name was Radha Raja, born in 1912 in a

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village called Palakhda, Gujarat. The pain of her tattoos, called trajuva in Gujarati, told of the hardships she endured. Ba’s mother, Laduben died when Ba was four-years-old. In 1924, when she was around 14-years-old she married my grandfather Madhavji Jadavji Chandarana. Two years later, Madhavji went to Uganda to work as a manager in a sugar cane factory. While he was gone, Ba stayed with her father-in-law. Later her husband came back to India to bring young Radha to the wilds of Africa with him. They boarded a boat in the seaside town of Porbander and took the long journey across the Arabian Sea to Mombassa, Kenya. From Mombassa, the couple travelled by train to Lugazi, Uganda. Every chug of the train took Ba further away from her Mother country. Years later, Madhavji died from diabetes at an early age, leaving Ba to raise eight children alone. Ba was transported to a land completely foreign in language and culture, but her tattoos reminded her of a home far away. They took her back to her childhood when she played under the huge tree in front of her parent’s home in Saurashtra, an area of Gujarat with a history of invasions. In the black and white picture on our family room wall, Ba’s left tattooed arm holds a full stomach. She is pregnant with her first child. My grandfather’s manner and dress is such a contrast to the rural village where he grew up. Ba’s tattoos link them to their home. There are flower designs dotting her arms and one tattoo under her lip, known as the ladva, just like the Indian sweet. There were also tattoos that looked like seeds, shrines, trees or the sun. Although decorative, social pressure to get them remained. Women without piercings


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Ba's deep blue tattoos marked her small hands and arms

were chided, “Rupari nuthi chokri,” which meant, “That girl is not good-looking.” They would be asked if their parents did not have enough grain to get them tattoos. Ba’s sister, Manjula says the tattoo artists would travel from village to village and were not paid with money, but instead given a few cups of grains. The artist would prick the skin, dip a needle into an inkpot called bayo, and the blue pigment would color the broken skin. Most of the signs of Ba’s past had disappeared by the time I was born. She had relinquished her jewelry and pretty saris after her husband died. The only things that remained were the tattoos. My young imagination thought that the blue dots were caused by Ba’s love for milk. My cousin thought it was a funny joke to tell me this lie, which I believed, since one time I saw Ba sitting at the kitchen table crunching

on some frozen milk. My sisters and I would hug Ba and her tattooed arms would wrap around us as she said, “Om Shanti.” I was so young when Ba passed away. There was the language barrier between us. Years later I realized that Ba’s piercings and tattoos represented a time and place that I knew very little about. Now as the women of her generation leave us, I am losing a piece of my own identity and that makes me want to learn even more about the history and experiences of my ancestors. have any stories to share with zardozi? email us at editor@zardozimagazine.com

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A Southern family travels half way around the world to adopt a baby boy Alabama is a long way from India, but in 2012, Natasha and Scott Chalker left the comfort of their home in the deep South and traveled to an orphanage in Pondicherry, India to find a child they could bring back to the United States to join their family.

“After twenty minutes, I scooped him up in my arms, the same arms that had waited years to hold him, and we locked eyes for ten seconds,” says Chalker. “It was at that time our souls connected and I knew that he knew I was his Mama.”

“The first time we met the children, they swarmed us with hugs, kisses, laughs and tickles,” says Chalker. “I miss those precious children and pray for them every single day.”

In 2012 there were 159 adoptions from India to the United States. According to Indian law potential parents must be at least 25-years-old, but are not required to be married. Same-sex couples are not eligible to adopt in India. Indian families within the country are given first priority for adoptions, followed by Indian families abroad.

One little boy caught the family’s attention. “The moment I met him was surreal, it was like a dream,” says Chalker, who had waited 11 years to adopt. “He glanced in our direction and then toddled off.” Chalker says the nuns brought the little boy over and he peered curiously at the family.

Despite the red tape, Chalker knew that one day she wanted to adopt since she herself was adopted by her Dad when she was three-yearsold. “He showed me that love wasn’t about blood, but about the people that choose to be with you, accept and love you.”

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Left to right - Katie, Natasha, Ryan, Scott, and Braiden Chalker

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“It was at that time our souls connected and i knew that he knew i was his mamma” — natasha chalker

But she never imagined that the adoption journey would lead her to India. It was a friend’s experience of adopting a daughter from that country that caught the Chalker’s interest. Foreign adoptions can be expensive and lengthy. Leena and Sabu Varghese know this all too well. They are in the process of adopting a little boy from India. They decided to adopt from that country in 2012 because they wanted a child of the same culture. She says the first step was to find an agency that took care of Indian adoptions. After the initial approval a social worker came to their home to evaluate their living situation and then file paperwork to submit to the Central Adoption Authority in India, which then helps to match the Varghese’ profile with an orphanage in India. “To sum it up, there are mountains of paperwork and lots of patience,” says Varghese. Although the couple has not yet met their little son, they say they still fell in love with him the moment they saw his picture. “It is a very hard process, but just like childbirth, it is worth it,” says Varghese. “There are so many children who need parents.”

Chalker agrees that the process was challenging. “We didn’t know how long we would wait to get approvals,” says Chalker. “All the while our little boy was growing up without his family.” The Chalkers were matched with Ryan when he was ten months old, but he didn’t come home till nearly a year later. But Chalker says some Indian adoptions can take two to three years. She blogs about her journey at A Heart for India. And there is the cost. The Varghese’ says the adoption fees are anywhere between 18 to 20 thousand dollars. The Chalkers had plenty of help from family and friends who helped them raise money through garage sales, grants and donations to help with the cost. “While our adoption was expensive, our son is priceless,” says Chalker. The Chalkers say they plan to teach Ryan about his South Asian heritage through the years. They also want to take him to India when he is older. “Preserving his identity and culture is very important to us,” says Chalker, who is also Mom to daughter Katie, 18 and son, Braden, 12. Ryan loves listening to Indian music and dancing with his big sister. The family also bought him little kurtas for him to wear at on his birthday and they plan to celebrate Holi and Diwali together. “All children deserve to grow up in a family where they’re loved and treasured and adoption is a beautiful way to make that possible,” says Chalker. “The fact that a little boy 9,000 miles away made his way into our hearts, and eventually our home, was a miracle in itself,” says Chalker. “Every day is a sweet blessing with Ryan.”

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