GANDHI’S REFLECTIONS FOR LIFE

There is no doubt that Mahatma Gandhi is a universal reference for Hindu spirituality and philosophy of life. We know this Indian lawyer, thinker and politician for his great contributions in the independence struggle in India, as well as for his great contributions to social integration and the reconciliation of religious conflicts in his country. But beyond his scope as a statesman, we want to highlight his great influence as a spiritual teacher for the new generations

Gandhi’s gentle, wise and empathetic personality have made him a true icon of integrity and spirituality as a motivating source for life, which from all corners of the world we take as a reference not only for peaceful and ideological struggles, but also as a source of inspiration for life itself. 

His reflections on different aspects of life such as tolerance, justice, dignity, freedom, progress, love and peace constitute a true roadmap to achieve a full, peaceful and harmonious life that we should all know in some way. way. Beyond the political and social context that always marked him, Gandhi’s teachings for life are truly significant and very beautiful. 

Gandhi’s ideas are based on the principle of “Ahimsa” or “non-violence”, which consists of an attitude of refusing to kill or harm others through thought, word or action. Starting from this, he developed procedures for peaceful demonstration totally innovative for his time, such as dialogue, peace marches, public prayers, fasts and hunger strikes, all activities that have transcended to the present day, creating a new way of pose the ideological struggle. 

At Litti we feel fully identified with Gandhi’s philosophy. We admire his ability to fight and all that he achieved for India, but above all the ideological legacy of peace and harmony for life that he has left for the new generations. A harmonious and peaceful life is the best way to happiness, and we are sure that Gandhi’s reflections are an excellent alternative to reflect and achieve it.

The Sari, symbol of the Indian woman

Many of our bags and scarves use pieces of fabric from ancient Indian Saris, so we decided that the best way to start this new era was by talking about this important element that represents Indian femininity and culture: the Sari.

The Sari is the traditional dress for women in India, and its elaboration constitutes a true art, to the point that it has become a distinctive sign of its culture. It originates from the Indus Valley civilization (present-day Pakistan) between 2800-1800 BC, transcending to the present day.

It is a long piece of light cotton or silk fabric (4 to 9 meters long by 1 meter wide) that is worn as a dress wrapped around the body, over a blouse and a light petticoat. It is worn by women of all social classes, differentiating themselves by the quality of the materials and embroidery, by the way of wearing it and of course by the occasion in which it is used.

The beauty of the Sari is in the meticulous and elaborate embroidery work that is done on it, enriching it with other materials, appliques, special fabrics, and even gold or silver threads. Without a doubt, an invaluable handicraft work.

The colors in the Saris are very important because each one has a meaning: red represents courage and passion, and is used by brides at their wedding. Yellow is associated with motherhood. White is worn by widows in the period of mourning. Green is reserved for women of the Muslim religion and blue is usually associated with lower castes, although today it is better valued socially.

At Litti Complementos we are passionate about Indian culture and its wonders. We love Saris and the Indian women who wear them with that unique touch that characterizes them

Care of silver jewelry and costume jewelery


Nothing like a pretty silver jewel or costume jewelery to complete a look and bring it to life. However, improper use and care can damage them, deteriorate them or cause them to change color. And this inevitably leads us to discard or simply stop using them, no matter how much we like them.

This happens because both silver jewelry and costume jewelery have a chemical reaction to the acidity of the skin or to the chemical compounds and oils that come into contact with it, causing them to oxidize, change color or even chip.

The good news is that by taking a few simple precautions we can take care of our silver or costume jewelery, extending its duration and keeping it as beautiful as the first day. Here are some tips for the care of silver jewelry and costume jewelery:
Nothing like a pretty silver jewel or costume jewelery to complete a look and bring it to life. However, improper use and care can damage them, deteriorate them or cause them to change color. And this inevitably leads us to discard or simply stop using them, no matter how much we like them.

This happens because both silver jewelry and costume jewelery have a chemical reaction to the acidity of the skin or to the chemical compounds and oils that come into contact with it, causing them to oxidize, change color or even chip. The good news is that by taking a few simple precautions we can take care of our silver or costume jewelery, extending its duration and keeping it as beautiful as the first day. Here are some tips for the care of silver jewelry and costume jewelery: Try to keep your jewelry and silver jewelry always dry and clean. Avoid getting in contact with creams, perfumes, oils, chemicals, and water. Give them rest by wearing them occasionally. The newspaper accelerates the discoloration of silver jewelry and costume jewelery, so it is advisable to change them frequently, as well as being the perfect excuse to have several that you like.

Take them off to sleep and to exercise. The postures we adopt as well as the sweat can deteriorate our silver and costume jewelery, and also rubbing them when doing these activities can scratch our skin. Always clean them after use. It is a simple cleaning, with a dry cloth to remove sweat residues or other products, so that they are very clean before storing them.

Store them separate and carefully. It is best to store them separately, to prevent them from being damaged by rubbing. Do not coat them with chemicals. It is a very common custom to cover silver jewelery or costume jewelery with nail polish to avoid allergic skin reactions. However, this changes their appearance, color and affects their natural shine. In case you have to do it urgently, let’s try to do it from the inside, so that the external part maintains its original appearance.

At Litti we know the value and beauty of silver jewelery and costume jewelery, so taking care of them with care is the best way to prolong their use to the maximum to be able to enjoy them for a long time. We invite you to take care of yours and expand your jewelry box with the beauties that we bring each season for you.

The Foulard, history and uses in fashion

One of the most versatile garments used in our times is the Foulard, the French name for the classic scarf, which is nothing more than a fabric of different thicknesses and designs that is worn tied around the neck or head.

This wonderful piece is about 3000 years old, and was worn in the Middle East and Africa as a religious garment and protection talisman. The French in the 18th century adopted it, improving its design and quality thanks to the fabrics of Lyon and the silk workshops of northern Italy. Then the old and simple scarf became a garment of high quality, rich in materials and exotic beauty, with a very high price, which was exported to all European countries.

Women used to wear it as an ornament and a sign of respect and discretion, while men tied it around their neck to protect themselves from the cold and absorb sweat, which later gave rise to the men’s tie.

Already in the 20th century, the different fashion houses of the world consolidated the aesthetic value of the scarf, turning it into a true work of art: with exquisite materials, handmade, designed by artists, in limited editions and ultimately as an indispensable piece in the wardrobe of all women in the world.

Currently it is a piece that we can wear throughout the year, placing it on different parts of the body (neck, shoulders, head, as a top, etc.). Its use goes beyond simple protection against the cold, since we have a wide variety of designs that make the foulard a fundamental fashion accessory.

Different materials and thicknesses will make a difference not only in terms of price, but also in terms of seasonality. The different ways of wearing it are up to the taste and criteria of each woman, and above all to give that special touch to her different looks with this wonderful garment.

At Litti we have beautiful foulards and pashminas throughout the year in 100% natural materials, with very versatile and combinable colors, as well as exclusive designs.

We invite you to see them and make the scarf part of your outfits and your life.

DIWALI: Light for new beginnings

The month of November has a very special meaning for Indian culture: it is when they celebrate their Diwali festival, a wonderful period of renewal and joy for all, where lighting plays a fundamental role.

It is a festival that occurs once a year and lasts for 5 days, marking the entrance of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the fortnight of what they call Kartika and marks a new spiritual path in their lives. Legend has it that Diwali commemorates the return of Prince Rama to his land after defeating the demon king Ravana.

The city dwellers at that time filled the city walls and roofs with lamps so that Rama could easily find his way back home. Hence the origin of the tradition of lighting many lights on this holiday.

During Diwali, tribute is also paid to the goddess Lakshmi for being a symbol of Prosperity and Wealth, and also to Ganesha, being very frequent the placement of altars in preferred places of homes to pay homage to these gods. In these five days of Diwali, Hindus carry out a series of very special activities: they place multiple lights and candles from dusk and throughout the night.

It is a period to clean and redecorate their houses to renew energy and wear new clothes, prepare special dishes and meals, give each other gifts, celebrate games and launch fireworks.

They also tend to wash their heads at sunrise, and in the evening to launch paper boats with lamps in the sacred rivers, with the belief that the further they go the greater the happiness they will bring.

We love the spiritual undertones of the Diwali holiday, where Hindus step into the light of life leaving unhappiness behind for a new year.

At Litti we love Indian culture and its beautiful traditions. Happy Diwali!





WHY DO WE DECORATE OURSELVES? Brief history of accessories

Decorating ourselves with jewelry and accessories is part of the history of humanity, and over time has become a hallmark of both men and women. And it is not enough an article of clothing by itself. The complement will give that special and differentiating touch to any look, and that magic that it generates is one of the things that in Litti Complementos we love about our work.

But, let us start at the beginning. As we know, a add-on (or accessory) is an object that conforms secondarily to a person’s clothing. The accessories are usually divided into two large groups: those that are carried or carried in hand (canes, fans, weapons, bags, umbrellas, etc.) and those that dress properly (footwear, ties, scarves and scarves, hats, glasses , gloves, watches, jewelry and costume jewelery, etc.). Within this context we can find a variety of styles, colors, materials, finishes and details that will make each accessory something special and unique, something that fascinates by itself and that at the same time in conjunction with the rest of the outfit creates an image special and unforgettable for the person who looks them.

Historically, many of the complements (especially jewelery and jewelry) arose in ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome, where they were a symbol of status and beauty. Others, such as gloves, umbrellas, handkerchiefs and scarves, arose later due to the need to protect us from the weather conditions, to later become more and more ornate and aesthetic. The handbags emerged in ancient Rome as a solution to the need to transport objects, then became in the nineteenth century pieces of great beauty and mainly female. The watch began as a symbol of masculine elegance in the 18th and 19th centuries, and then also became part of the feminine accessories.

Today the universe of the complement is extremely broad: different companies worldwide have given the complement a new status as a luxury object, significantly improving its design, aesthetic concept and quality of materials, both for men as for women, becoming a place in the world of fashion. Smaller firms and even small goldsmiths and artisans have also managed to make a place in this sector, enjoying the acceptance and admiration of their customers with the creation of very special pieces full of details. And there are so many materials, so many possibilities, so many styles, that the complement has definitely become a unique place in the fashion and life of humanity.

At Litti we are passionate about the Indian culture and the wonderful artisan work of its artists and goldsmiths. That’s why in our accessories firm we look for special and different pieces that also have that European and trendy touch that Spanish women love so much. We are passionate about the exotic and different but elegant and with good taste, so in our accessories you will always find something unique. We love our work and we love being able to share it with our friends and clients.

SPIRITUAL MEANING OF AUTUMN

Each new season is an invitation to connect spiritually with its characteristics, becoming aware of the cycles of nature and how we can reflect them in our life to increase our inner growth.

In the specific case of autumn, nature slows down its pace, preparing the way for the silent winter lethargy, posing a time of a soft and beautiful beauty with a very special melancholic touch.

Etymologically the word Autumn means “The Fullness of the Year”, understanding that fullness as a symbol of maturity. Although it could be associated with decadence due to the dryness of the leaves and the fall of these trees, on the contrary, it represents the period in which the crops bloom, allowing us to collect the harvest.

Autumn invites us to let go, as do the trees that, by the breeze, release their leaves so that they now nourish the earth, giving life to new flowers and crops in spring. Moving it to life, it calls us to release objects, relationships and feelings without any regrets, to accommodate new emotions in our life.

Autumn also calls us to prepare ourselves in winter. Just as animals prepare their homes and food, we must prepare our homes, our clothes, our food, our habits, etc. for the new cold season that is getting closer and closer.

And finally the Autumn invites us to thank … we thank the earth for the riches it offers us, fruit of the work of man. Taking it to our life, it is a perfect time to thank and bless all we have, what we have achieved with our effort and that we can enjoy every day, the benefits of nature, the little things, the friends, the moments, and everything what although evident is a true gift of the universe for us.

The leaves that fall in the autumn represent the possibility of giving new life, of working in a new spiritual growth. From Litti we invite you to connect with nature and with this beautiful time of year that is just beginning, and with all the reflections of life that it brings.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JEWELRY AND IMITATION JEWELRY

Every woman likes to feel good with her personal image, and without a doubt, accessories and accessories are a key to achieve it. In addition, we have many options in this regard (handkerchiefs, hats, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, earrings, rings, etc.). However, we must make important decisions regarding the material of our accessories, having to opt for jewelry or imitation jewelry on many occasions. But how are they different?

The Jewelry is an industry dedicated to the production and trade of jewelry and ornaments made with precious metals and stones. We work with materials of great value and weight such as gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. These are pieces of great economic value, not only for the materials, but also for the artisanal value they entail since they require great knowledge and skills to work these elements, creating jewelers true works of art with their work.

As a general rule, pieces of jewelry are bought for very special and punctual occasions by the middle / lower social classes, and as a sign of power on the part of the highest social classes. They are very expensive pieces, very heavy, with exclusive design and classic cut, existing as much variety as the buyer likes and can afford. They are used for formal occasions mainly. However, when they are simple and discreet they can be incorporated into the most casual looks.

Imitation jewelry, for its part, is the industry that produces objects and accessories that are not made of precious materials, but are of great beauty and varied qualities, looking increasingly imitate and even exceed the jewelry . It works with a variety of materials such as porcelain, brass wire, paper pulp, glass paste, enamels, cultured pearls, plated brass, resin, glass, wood, leather, steel, seeds, feathers and semiprecious stones.

Many times the jewelery pieces are covered with precious metals such as gold, silver or rhodium, and when they are well worked it is even difficult to distinguish them from the real jewels. Its added value is undoubtedly the factor design and craftsmanship increasingly appreciated by the person who makes them.

They are light pieces, always in correspondence with fashion and trends, much cheaper than jewelery, and as we have said they enjoy great beauty, more and more quality and creativity of design. Its use is reserved for informal or casual occasions, at most on semi-formal occasions, depending on the type and quality of the jewelery in question.

In Litti we deeply admire the artisanal value of jewelry and imitation jewelry, so we try to always choose high quality and beautiful pieces made in India, to put at your fingertips the best of the talent and art of this wonderful culture, but always adapted to the western style, in accordance with the fashion trends. We have the best for you, chosen with detail and care to make you feel special. Do not forget to see our collections!.

KNOWING THE HINDU GODS: INDRA

The official religion of India is Hinduism which is one of the richest and millenary in the world. It is a polytheistic religion that brings together beliefs, traditions and myths that have been passed on from generation to generation until today.

Each and every one of the gods of India are wonderful and have an incredible story worthy of being known, as well as a very characteristic physical representation that is part of the collective imagination of this culture, being found in temples, homes, accessories and endless spaces and surfaces.

That is why in Litti we want to dedicate some of our posts to get to know each of the gods of Indian culture. Today we will talk about Indra.

The god Indra is known as the king of the gods , the lord of heaven and main god of the Vedic religion, which is the predecessor of Hinduism. In Hinduism he becomes king of all the demigods or inferior gods. He is also known as the god of war, the atmosphere, the visible sky, the storm and the thunderbolt.

In his representation, the god Indra always appears with a lightning like weapon and mounted in a white elephant of seven tubes called Airavata. The aspect of Indra is also very particular because it has white and yellowish skin, and the body covered with eyes with eyelids that are what allow you to see everything that happens in the world.

He is a very special God with the beautiful mission of caring for and protecting other gods and humans from all evil and danger .

In Litti we are passionate about Hindu mythology and we hope to continue sharing their stories with you.

YOGA: A tool for life

The practice of Yoga is one of the main legacies that Hindu culture has left to Westerners. A perfect blend between physical and spiritual activity, yoga is a discipline that transforms lives into the positive, bringing many benefits.

Yoga is a thousand-year-old mental and physical discipline from India, which seeks the union of the soul with the “divinity” from a spiritual and physical interpretation of the self. The term derives from Sanskrit and means “union”. Its objective is to strengthen the body and mind of those who practice it through the combination of a series of postures called asanas with breathing and relaxation. It is a way of life that heals and strengthens people, improving their physical and mental health.

While it is true that there are more than a hundred types of yoga different, in the West we know and practice different styles derived mainly from Hatha Yoga.

The dynamics of all yoga class is very simple: in sessions of approximately one hour and after having carried out a previous warm-up, the different postures are harmonized with the breath, to finish with a small session of meditation and interior connection.

The Benefits of Yoga are many, and among them we can mention that it improves our capacity for intuition, our flexibility and our position. It also increases our energy and improves our immune system, strengthening the muscular and immune system. Relieves physical and mental stress, which gives us inner peace and creates awareness of the present. And finally it favors good physical and mental fitness throughout the year and helps us lose some weight.

The Yoga practice is a continuous and individual process, an inner and conscious search that will bring you many benefits to the extent that it is practiced frequently and deeply. In Litti we are practicing assistants of Yoga and fortunate to be able to enjoy their benefits in our lives. Try it!