Thursday, December 24, 2009


Tussar Silk, also known by its Sanskrit name Kosa silk, is produced from Tusser silkworms (Antheraea mylitta and Antheraea proylei). Produced mainly in the Indian state, Jharkhand, Tussar is valued for its texture and natural gold colour, which is unusually rich and deep.

Tussar Silk is a type of wild silk – it is obtained from silk worms that are not bred on mulberry trees but whose cocoons are collected from the local trees like Sal, Arjun and Saja. It is less expensive than cultivated silk and not as durable (cultivated silk has longer fibres). Some Tussar silk today is made is called non-violent silk, orAhimsa Silk, which is extracted from the cocoon after the silkworm larva has left it.

Traditionally, Tussar was dyed only with natural dyes – but with time, the range of colour and motifs has increased dramatically, thanks to the introduction of chemical dyes.

One such tussar silk saree is available in a pretty shade of purple with antuque gold border in Banares tissue style. It feels very light unlike the usual pure silk sarees. As mentioned above it also fallls into the category of Ahimsa silk. So anyone who is a vegetarian or who does not believe in wearing pure silk sarees for principle reasons may very comfortably wear this material.

R @ RU

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jewelry Matching the Zardosi Outfit

The Zardosi work saree which is one of the latest trends at this moment, from down South of India up to the north, is available in all types of fabrics, based on the part of the country that demands it.

The designs and work on it has an almost-Persian aura to it, giving it both a traditional and modern twist.

Of course, when a lady wears such a beautiful saree, it MUST be accessorized with similar and equally stunning jewelry. Without breaking the bank, these days, beautiful Kundhan Meena Kari work with lots of beads, pearls and colored stones are available in one gram. If the lady decides to match the extravagance of the Zardosi work saree, these designs are available with the real gems as well- bringing the price upwards of thousands of dollars/rupees. But the great thing about one gram jewelry is that you can deck yourself up in one tenth of the price.

R @ RU

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Zardosi work

Zardosi work is a very popular art work that is done on any kind of fabric these days. As the name implies it is work with Zari or Gold and dosi meaning embroidery in Persian. The workmen use gold thread with beads and pearls and do a beautiful work on any kind of fabric. Since this art form is from the north and since the northies like more of the lighter fabric than silk it comes mainly on Chiffon or Crepe. But this work has been incorporated on to Kanchi silk. One such very popular one is the Vastra kala pattu from the famous shop Pothy's where the hindi superstar from the south Hemamalini posed with the saree. It is kanchi silk material with heavy work of Zardosi.

It takes probably months for a craftsmen or the women to finish one piece. It looks fabulous and is a treat for the eyes.

It may be worn by a young lady for her wedding reception. Since it is not very traditional looking it will suite the occasion and of course the mother of the bride or the groom can also carry it off on their kid's special day.

R @ RU

Friday, November 6, 2009

Half-Saree Saree

Half saree, or pavadai davani, is an outfit that was very popular in the south before the salwar kameez took over among young girls. It was actually a stage in between skirt and saree. A teenager who is at a stage where she is not ready for a saree but does not care to wear pavadai and choli usually dons a half saree. As the name says, it is litereally 3 yards, exactly half of the 6 yards, which is length of the usual saree. Of course it has to be combined with a pavadai and a blouse, or a choli.

If a lady has not worn this in her teen years or if she wants to live her young years by imitating similar outfit, there is something that is very trendy now. It is called the half saree sari It comes in 6 yards with 2 contrast colors or 2 contrast designs. So when you wrap it like a saree, it gives a look of a pavadi davani. Except for the pleats, the other parts have the same design. The pallu and the part we wrap around is of same design. This pattern has been implemented in every type of saree- and sarees ranging in various prices.

As even better news, this saree has arrived at RU Creations!

R @ RU

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rajasthani jewelry in 1gm

Kundan Meenakari is one of the art which is done proudly in Jaipur. This art originated from the Rajputi times and since that Rajasthani people have a kind of monopoly on it. Enameling is an art of using a substance covering the surface of metal, pots or other objects to decorate and beautify them. Enamel is applied when hot and cools to give a hard glossy surface. The Rajputs rulers and royal families of Rajasthan patronized the enameled form of Jewellery which is known today as kundan. Today Jaipur and to some extend Bikaner are the major centres for Kundan. In this art precious stones and very often diamonds, are set into gold artistically creating designs. Enamel work is admired so highly that not only the Jewellery but also the boxes used for the Jewellery and other precious objects, swords, bedrooms tables are decorated with this wonderful work.
One gram gold jewelry comes in various beautiful patterns and designs from various parts of India.  They come in traditional patterns like the addigai from Tamil nadu to polki, to kundan and beads.  
The state of Rajasthan has its own craftmenship in jewelry.  It is very unique and very different from others.  Ths pattern has been incorporated into 1gm jewelry and they make pretty kundan work with meenakari around it.  The meenakari comes in red and green color and the kundan stones are enhanced with is meenakari painting.  Such a exclusive pattern has arrived at RU Creations.  It looks simple as well as classy with matching ear drops. Combination of kundan with meena and bead work. 

R @ EU

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kalamkari work sarees!!

Kalamkari work is an ancient art from Andra Pradesh.  Kalamkari which literally translates into work with pen,  is an art work on fabric using vegetable dyes.  Pen meaning a pierced bamboo  is used to draw this art on the cotton fabric.  It usually depicts Hindu mythology and temple architecture.

This type of work looks very grand on the saree.  

RU Creations have received a shipment for Deepavali and  3 kalamkari work sarees have arrived.  
Call to get more information.

R @ RU

Monday, October 5, 2009

Printed Raw Silk sarees

Raw silk is a fabric made of silk fibers that have not undergone the removal of the sericin coating.  Sericin also called silk-gelatin is boiled out of silk thread prior to be woven in to fine silk.  This is the basic difference between the raw silk and fine silk.   

Such raw silk is used to make all kinds of outfits.  Material as such is sold to make salwars and chudithars and other dresses.  They are also used in making draperies and sheets.  

Raw silk sarees are available.  They come as plain 6yds material in which case you may buy the 6yds and get any kind of work done on it.  It also comes in with borders and prints.  
Couple of such sarees have just been shipped to RU Creations.  Raw silk with print on them and beautiful pallu.  Of course matching blouse like any other saree is attached to the saree.   

R @ RU

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Saree from the old times

As everyone knows, when history repeats itself, it can go either way. The same applies for fashion. The way we stitch our blouses when it comes to the the neck, the sleeve, and the puff in the sleeves, every style and fashion comes in and out throughout time.

After speaking to a dear older friend, it has come to my attention that one such style , popular over 60 years ago, has reincarnated itself into the form of a saree at RU creations. This particular saree is called the muppagakkarai saree. As the name implies it has 2 colors repeated in 3 pagams or sections, and contrast borders on both sides. Basically, it is a double sided saree with 3 parts of color change.

This saree would definitely be considered a grand one, and can be worn to wedding, so do accessorize it with a grand set of 1gm jewlery.

R @ RU

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ahimsa Silk continued

Earlier, we posted a little something about Ahimsa silks, the environmentally friendly silk. For people who do not believe in killing the silk-worms to use the thread to weave sarees, or those who just do not want to wear silk for any other reasons including veganism, Ahimsa could be the perfect replacement.

Basically, unlike traditional silk, Ahimsa silk's threads are taken our after the cocoon leaves the nest. Therefore, there is absolutely no harm done to the silk worm. Regardless, beautiful colors and prints are available in this type of silk, and evidence is shown in the photos above. The material has a very silkish feel, yet is completely weightless on the body once worn.

Both of these sarees are available at RU Creations.

R @ RU

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Printed Cotton Silk

In the 80's, printed silk used to be very much in fashion, with a long border at the bottom and a small border on top, and with pretty prints on the borders both sides and sometimes on the body of the saree. Now, cotton silk experts have incorporated this idea into silk cotton. These sarees look just like block printed ones, but they are actually run through thari or the loom. The designs may be mangoes, flowers, crosses, plusses or even just lines. In various mixture of combinations they really do look stunning on a beautiful color-combined saree.

Two examples of these sarees have just arrived @ RU Creations. One is a bold black body with turquoise border and turquoise patterns on it. The other one is a pleasing red base with turquoise border and turquoise print. Come on in to check out these two unique sarees.

R @ RU

Stone work on Cotton silk

The earlier blogs had information about various designs and patterns in silk cotton sarees. The latest trend that has caught up in the cotton silk world is the stone work.

First off, it should be noted that a slightly superior quality of cotton silk saree is chosen (so it will have the strength to withstand the sewing and the stone weight etc.,) Also, sarees with contrast colors are picked and stones are embedded all over the border, pallu and on the body . They also add very traditional patterns or kolams with colorful threads and stones all through the saree, over the border and sometimes on the pallu also.

Come on in and check out this collection that just arrived at RU Creations in 3 great combinations.
R @ RU

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Exquisite silk of All!!

The Kanjeevaram, or the Kanchi silk, could easily be considered as the most exotic silk. Such a fabulous material comes out of South India, or more specifically, Kancheepuram, near Chennai, TamilNadu.  Every South Indian woman, or almost every Indian woman's wardrobe will have at least a couple of this great silk. Every South Indian bride's wedding trousseu will definitely comprise of more than one Kanjeevaram silk saree.

We at RU Creations are  proud to bring that kind of rich tradition, from the fareast deep south Kanjeevaram to the deep south Houston, Texas.

Kanchi pattu or silk sarees usually come in bold colors with real gold or silver border on one side of the saree or on either sides with a flashy pallu. These days trendyness has caught up with this most traditional attire also. Boutiques now come up with very off-beat patterns. They are either half and half or sarees with no borders or sarees with very contemporary pallu. The 6yds in a saree has many designs many patterns on it.

One such saree available at RU Creations is displayed here in the picture, a very non traditional saree in a very traditional combination of colors ,  A pretty majenta with a bottle green combination.

P.S Always don't forget to accessorize the lovely saree with a beautiful 1gm gold jewlery.

R @ RU

Monday, September 7, 2009

Accessories even for your BIG day

When we talked about silk-cotton sarees suitable for daytoday, to party wear, to evening wear, to one's wedding day, and for gift-giving, the same principle can be applied to accessorizing a lady's outfit with one gm gold jewelry everyday of her life including the most important one: her wedding day.

Skilled one gm goldsmiths do an extremely articulate job working with stones beads on their pieces. The intricate work on each of the pieces make them truly unique. The pieces range from simple pendant sets suitable for daytoday to party wear, or evening wear that are trendy and wedding sets with a chunky neck piece, an elaborate ear piece with mattal or ear chain, and a matching tikka.

In addition, all of these come in very great colors to match any saree you pick for your wedding.

Also, any of these will make a great gift!! So whether you are treating yourself or are treating any loved one, check out one gram gold jewelry.

All the various types of one gm gold jewelry are available at RU Creations.
R @ RU

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Daytoday 2 Weddingday

These days, silk cotton sarees are available for every single day in a woman's life. From day to day wear, to party wear, to evening wear, and of course to the most important day of a girls' life, her wedding day.

The wedding, or vivah collection, has more silk in the silk/cotton mix, has a shiny gleam, and comes with vaira oosi, veldari and grand buttas with big borders and grand pallu.

The gift-giving, or vaibhog collection, comes in beautiful colors with attractive gold and meenakari or threadwork border. These are truly perfect for gifts for the attendees of the wedding.

The evening, or priyam collection, comes in pleasing colors to fit the ambience of the evening with small border and a not so grand pallu.

The party, or santosh collection , comes in trendy colors with flowers and geometric patterns on them.

The day to day, or Nithyam collection, has more cotton than silk, is light weight and fits perfect for the relaxed mood at home.

Each of these various collections are available at RU Creations and may be ordered in desired colors and numbers as per the wish of the customer.
P.S. One gm gold jewelry for all these occasions is also available, and would add a fabulous touch! 


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Threadwork on Cotton silk

'Work' sarees have been in fashion for the past few years. In particular, thread-work sarees have been especially trendy lately.

This concept has caught up with cotton silk sarees also: One may buy a relatively plain silk- cotton saree and either do the thread work yourself, if you have the right sewing skills, or give it to a place where they do the work for you. These days, any tailor who makes the blouses has a person appointed just for this.

So if you are a person who does not wear chiffon, georgette , crepe or any of the more transparent material but still want to wear a saree with some 'work', you may very well do so with a silk cotton one. Pick the color combination u like and pick the motifs you want them to be embroidered with, and you will not be disappointed. Afterwards, the saree can be used for evening wear and can pass for a traditional wear also.

P.S. Do not forget to accessorize it with the right 1gram gold jewelry. A simple pair of earrings and a necklace will look good for these sarees, because the focus has to be on the saree and the work.

R @ RU

Monday, August 31, 2009

Evening wear in Cotton silk

The most common look in cotton silk sarees for the past decade has been the more traditional looking sarees, with a solid body and contrast borders on both sides, and gold jari on it.  These could be worn to temples, pujas, engagements ceremonies, 1st birthday pujas, upanayanams and even weddings.  Then slowly- lines,  plaid, and buttas (dots)  came in style.  The silk cotton has truly evolved over the years. These days it comes in designs where the top-half of the saree is of a different color with different designs and the lower half is of a different design and color. 

 Lately, they are making sarees that can be worn for parties and for evening events. The color choices and the designs used on them make them very conducive to evening time and very appropriate for non traditional events.

P S. Accessorize it with matching one gram gold sets with long drops!


Friday, August 28, 2009

Ahimsa Silk

We have some exciting news:

RU Creations is planning to add Ahimsa Silk products in future.  Ahimsa silk, or peace silk, is taken out of silk-worm cocoons without killing the pupae in the silk - worms. Vegetarians, vegans and people with the principle of not wearing silk can all consider wearing these silk products because the process of maki
ng this silk from the silk-worms without hurting them  will definitely suite their lifestyle and beliefs.  This silk feels incredibly light and comfortable to wear and has many designs to offer.  It comes in the usual traditional patterns and also has modern contemporary designs.  So if you are looking for either something to wear for a traditional event, or a evening party ,you will be able to pick one from Ahimsa Silk.

The picture shown is a Ahimsa silk saree with Satya paul paint brush design on it.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Great Giftgiving

Cotton-silk sarees and one gram gold jewelry can make great gifts to your friends , family or relatives. 

 Whatever the occasion may be, either a birthday, anniversary, any rituals or pujas, or any landmarks,   cotton-silk sarees and one gram gold jewelry will both make a great gift.  

You can choose which would suit the receiver of the gift based on her taste! 

Depending on the receiver of the gifts's taste you may choose either.  You will be able to get a very fantastic sari or mini-set for under $50.  You can even combine funds with another person in the family, or a friend, and make your budget a little larger; that way, the lucky lady will receive both an outfit and matching jewelry to go with it! She will thoroughly enjoy it, and will have you to thank!

R @ RU

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Toned down appearance

As a followup to yesterday's suggestion,  I would like to talk about another type of look:

It is supremely important not to always be attention grabbing/seeking, just because your outfit is flashy and grand as well as accessorized with chunky jewelry. 

There's definitely a way to tone it down- with a simpler piece of jewelry and a pair of small and dainty earrings. Dangling earrings almost always give a more extravagent look, because after all, the bigger and longer the earring, the grander it looks. 

If you're looking to be more inconspicuous, wear a set that has a stud as the earrings, and instead of wearing a dozen bangles on your wrists, sport just one kada, one banglet or bracelet.  One gram gold jewelry has come out with various kinds of these in various sizes.  The bangles and kadas are simply superb with beautiful stones and crystals finished in antique finish . So, depending on the occasion, if you choose the right accessories, the cotton-silk saree you are wearing can be made grand or simple.

R @ RU

Monday, August 24, 2009

Look grand and festive

The beauty and the advantage of wearing a cotton-silk saree is that when you accessorize it with the right, no-guilt one gram gold jewelry it ends up looking festive, fresh and fabulous.  You can even attend a grand wedding with this attire. 

A latest-color cotton-silk saree, paired with an antique-finish chunky jewelry set (usually with big ear drops with stones and beads) will make you look marvelous for any occasion. From afar, no one will be able to tell that you are wearing cotton-silk, and best of all, no one will be able to recognize that your jewelry is one gram even if they are one foot away!

R @ RU

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Antique Finish

As a follow up to yesterday's tip, I want to add by saying that the antique finish in the 1 gram jewelry is the one that makes it look extremely close to 22K gold jewelry.  Those days of wearing bright gold earrings and necklace is all over, ladies  These days it is all a dull finish or antique finish. Most of the one gram pieces are also antique finish ,which makes it resemble so much to its expensive counterpart. A piece that would cost 30,000 rupees or around 700 dollars would cost 60 dollars in one gram gold.  Just a little tidbit I thought I would share!

R @ RU

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Other Facet of RU Creations

I would like to change gears and talk about the other side of RU Creations....the jewelry!!  

When a lady wears a saree it is beautified with the jewelry she wears.  We live in an era where jewelry is made to look exactly like the pure gold pieces. In addition we get all different color stones to match any and all off-beat color saree

 One gram gold jewelry has taken over the wardrobe of Indian women these days.  Instead of spending almost 10 times more on a pure gold set , ladies prefer this so they can own more and it does not look anything different.  Win- Win situation!

 The base metal is brass and the craftsmen use their creativity with stones and beads and coat it with a 1gm gold COAT.  They come in various sizes and shapes to cater to every lady's taste. Ifr u are a lady who wears chunky sets, trendy ones, or simpler pendant and earring sets-  all these types are available in 1gm.  

Enjoy and have fun coordinating

R  @ RU

Friday, August 21, 2009

Picture Perfect

When we take a look at the old antique Tanjore paintings,  women are almost always highlighted. The magnificent lady featured is invariably either carrying a plate of fruits, daydreaming, or it is almost always a painting of Yasoda. The women always wore sarees, of course, and more interestingly, their blouses were always a total contrast and did not match the body of either the saree or the body. 

Fast-forward to this day and era; the same trend is still very much in style. Follow this trend and you yourself will certainly feel like one of the beautiful and elegant ladies from the ancient Tanjore paintings. 

Here's a saree that fits the example perfectly!

R @ RU

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Deja Vu

In the 1980's, temple-border, or Gopuram border sarees, that were etched in Kanchi silk were all the rage. Basically, this was a solid color as the body, and the border had a contrast color with temple designs threaded in gold.  The pallu was simple, and of course, in those days, they did not come with attached blouses. 

This exact style has made a huge comeback in Chennai over the last year, with one difference being that it is slightly more elegant.  The saree of today has a solid color as the body as well, with a contrast border, but also has a gorgeous tissue pallu. It also comes with a blouse attached with mini temple borders on the sleeves. 

We have seen many news anchors on Indian TV, models and socialites wearing these patterns over the past few months.

RU Creations currently carries a beautiful and popular combination of this type- photo attached!

R @ RU

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FYI: Cotton-Silk Sarees

These days, cotton-silk sarees come in extremely different styles and patterns. 

 The primary ones are the ones that replaced the kanchi ones to suit the hot weather of Chennai, which look exactly like the traditional kanchi sarees, with a solid body with double side borders.

They either come in contrast colors or one solid color with a gold border.  
They also come with work (designs) these days as well as embroidary.  

I have been seeing half and half lately with 2 colors with designs of geometric patterns and no border.  
The best thing is, whatever pattern or style you wear , wearing these sarees are not just comfortable, but will make anyone feel a little more regal and stately.  

R @ RU

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sun TV style edition

If you are a fan of "Thiruppavai" in SUN TV, you definitely would not have missed Anuradha Krishnamurthy's (Ranganayaki) fabulous sarees.

Well, RU Creations carries sarees that Anuradha Krishnamoorthy wears! We have had almost all colors and patterns over our past 20 months in business.  The look is fantastic and looks very festive with right accessories and looks simple to suite the occasion with toned-down jewelry.  

And best of all, it is perfect for the Texas weather just like it is for the Chennai!

R @ RU Creations

Monday, August 17, 2009


RU Creations is proud to be part of the blogging world, as we bring fashion from South India to the Lone Star State! Keep checking us out as we provide updates on new collections, style tips and exciting fashion finds- all in time for the Fall Festival season! 

R @ RU